BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ Bridgeport officials are considering settling a lawsuit by a state trooper bit by a police dog.

The Connecticut Post reports the city attorney’s office recommended Bridgeport spend $60,000 to settle a lawsuit by trooper Joseph Diaz, who says he was bite on the hand by Sampson in 2009.

Court documents indicate Diaz’s attorneys were prepared to argue that Sampson, who remains part of the city’s K-9 unit, had a history of inappropriate bites.

Diaz had followed a suspected stolen car into Bridgeport, pulled over the vehicle, and called other troopers for backup when a local police officer and Sampson arrived.

The suit seeks damages for treatment, disfigurement and permanent partial impairment of his left hand.

If the City Council does not agree to settle, the case is scheduled for trial early next year.
Information from: Connecticut Post,
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