Another lawsuit claiming excessive force filed against Orlando police


ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orlando Police Department is facing another lawsuit that claims excessive force by one of its officers.

The latest lawsuit stems from an incident involving an 18-year-old. The teen said he was tackled by an officer and attacked by a K-9 when police were actually searching for someone else.

Isaiah Montanez said he was riding his bicycle with his cousin on the Cady Way Trail in March 2013 when an officer stopped him, pulled him off his bike and took him to the ground.

"He was shocked, in complete shock, because at first he had no clue what was going on," Montanez's attorney, Bradley Laurent, said.

Reports show that Orlando police Officer James Parker was in the same area at the time searching for a Hispanic robbery suspect. Montanez is also Hispanic.

"He was just riding along and all of a sudden he just gets yoked off his bicycle by a police officer and the dog is immediately released on him," Laurent said.

Montanez said he suffered bites, cuts and scrapes during the incident.

According to the police report, Parker identified himself, told the teen he had a K-9 and to stop, but he kept going. Montanez told WFTV the officer was actually hiding behind a tree and didn't announce himself.

Montanez was arrested and charged with resisting arrest without violence, but the case was dropped. The teen has no previous criminal history, according to records.

Laurent said a lawsuit against the Police Department has been filed in federal court.