UTICA, N.Y. – The United States District Court for the Northern District of New York has ruled in favor of the city of Utica and its police officers in a lawsuit regarding a 2015 incident.
The claimant, Eric Jackson, accused Utica police officers of using excessive force and wrongfully shooting his dog while executing a ‘no-knock’ search warrant at 1645 Howard Ave.
Utica police say Jackson’s pit bull had a history of biting other dogs and people, and attacked officers during the raid. Officers then fired several rounds at the animal, before one bullet went through the dog, ricocheted off the floor and hit Jackson’s foot.
Jackson was treated immediately, according to police.
After this exchange, UPD secured the scene before finding heroin in 96 glassine envelopes.
Jackson was arrested, prosecuted and convicted on possession charges.
Jackson later filed the lawsuit, claiming officers unconstitutionally shot his dog and used excessive force, which resulted in the gunshot wound to his foot.
The United States District Court for the Northern District of New York entered a Memorandum-Decision and Order in favor of the City of Utica and its officers in April 2020.