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K-9 case dismissed against Plymouth

December 4, 2012

HAMMOND — Last Friday afternoon, a northern Indiana jury returned a verdict in favor of the City of Plymouth in a suit involving a 2008 traffic stop in which the City’s K-9 Unit performed a vehicle search. Kevin and Jamila Miller had sued the city, its K-9 officer, and Marshall County Sheriff’s Department personnel who participated in the stop, seeking monetary damages for alleged federal civil rights and state law claims.
The case was before the Honorable Joseph S. Van Bokkelen of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana in Hammond. An eight person jury heard five days of witness testimony before ruling in favor of the city and county officers on all of the Millers’ claims.
Attorney Steven P. Polick of Highland represented the city and attorney Ronald J. Semler of Indianapolis represented the County in the case.
The Millers had filed about 50 lawsuits against various municipalities that used K-9s trained at Vohne-Liche Kennels.
The Millers claimed the dogs were unreliable because of the training there.
Miller was cited for speeding during the 2008 traffic stop.

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