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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Kennewick Case

KENNEWICK, Wash. - The U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear a case questioning the actions of Kennewick Police. The ruling now requires the police department to defend itself in court.

The case involves a Kennewick man who claims officers violated his civil rights. Back in 2003 Ken Rogers claims a police K9 attacked him in the backyard of his step son's home on 6902 West Umatilla Avenue in Kennewick.

Police were using the dog to find a man riding a pocket bike. But the dog attacked Rogers instead.

The U.S. District Court in Spokane ruled the case should be heard before a jury. The City of Kennewick appealed the decision, but Tuesday the ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a call for a trial. Some Kennewick City Staff worry it might prevent police from providing quality service.

"The last thing we want is someone who's going to start second guessing themselves because they're worried about being sued for violating someone's civil rights," said John Ziobro, Kennewick City Attorney.  

Ziobro's most recent court documents show the trial is scheduled to be held April 16th at the Federal Courthouse in Richland.

Although Ziobro represents the city in most matters Kennewick's insurance carrier is using another attorney for this case.