MUSKOGEE, OK.(AP) - The city of Muskogee has settled a civil rights lawsuit filed by a man who was mauled by a police dog while officers allegedly watched with amusement.
The Muskogee Phoenix reports that the terms of settlement are confidential. City Attorney Roy Tucker and Police Chief Rex Eskridge say there was no admission of wrongdoing on the city's part.
Larry Eugene Chaplin filed the suit, claiming that two Muskogee police officers used excessive force during his July 2009 arrest. Chaplin's suit says that he suffered dog bites to his arms, legs and torso and that he suffered "permanent disfigurement."
Chaplin's attorney confirmed the settlement but declined to comment because of the confidentiality agreement.
Chaplin pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges resulting from the arrest.
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