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Man suing Kootenai County alleging use of excessive force

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A man has filed a lawsuit against members of the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office for using excessive force during a 2006 arrest.

Kevin M. Davis says that in June 2006, he'd gone hiking in the woods to be alone and at some point fell asleep near a tree. Davis alleges that five deputies started searching for him for no reason, one of them releasing a K-9 without warning.

Davis says when the K-9 found him it immediately began mauling him, dragging him from where he was sleeping. He contends he was unarmed and not acting aggressively, and alleges that when the deputies arrived they stood by and let the dog maul him, causing him serious injury.

Davis says despite his serious injuries, deputies walked him out of the woods and put him in a patrol car, before taking him to Kootenai Medical Center for treatment of his dog bites.

He says later deputies tried to commit him involuntarily to North Idaho Behavioural Health because he was a risk to himself. The lawsuit says a mental health professional later determined Davis was not a risk to himself or others and released him.

Davis says because of his injuries he's lived in severe pain and been unable to attend to his usual affairs.

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