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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Ind. Courts - Suit in federal court "questions the training of and standards for drug-detection dogs."

Pam Tharp has the long story in the Muncie Star-Press. A few quotes:

A federal lawsuit filed earlier this year against 50 Indiana cities, towns and counties, including the city of Muncie, questions the training of and standards for drug-detection dogs. * * *

The suit was filed by Kevin D. Miller of Schererville, who appears to be representing himself in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis. * * *

Plymouth police officer John Weir and the town's drug dog, who are at the center of the lawsuit, were trained by Vohene Liche Kennels and certified by American Working Dogs United Inc. from 2007 through 2010, the lawsuit said.

Miller was stopped by Weir during a routine traffic stop sometime during that period while driving with his wife from Munster to Fort Wayne, the lawsuit said. Weir told Miller his drug-detection dog alerted twice to the presence of drugs in the Millers' vehicle, according to court documents.

Weir "rummaged" through the Millers' personal effects and physically searched Miller's person, but no drugs, weapons or other illicit materials were found, the lawsuit said.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 14, 2012 09:44 AM
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