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Cedar Rapids woman sues city on behalf of teen son

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- A Cedar Rapids woman is suing the city on behalf of her teenaged son, alleging excessive force by a Cedar Rapids police K9 and race discrimination by the dog's handler.

TonyaMaria Adams filed her petition last Wednesday, naming Cedar Rapids police officer Nathan Trimble in the lawsuit.

Adams claims Trimble sent the dog to "search for the young black male suspects believed to be involved" in a car theft.

The police canine latched onto Adams' son's arm and refused to let go, despite Trimble's commands to release him.

The lawsuit also claims officers forcefully arrested her son and threatened him with unrelated charges. He was later released.

The city says it won't comment on pending litigation. '

This is a developing story.

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Michele White

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