Zane Blaisdell, 48, was shot and killed by Saginaw, Michigan, police officers.
In February 2020 police were responding a domestic violence call. Police sent in the K-9 unit. Blaisdell stabbed the dog in the head and after that officers shot and killed him.
Blaisdell’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit which alleged that officers conspired to hide facts about circumstances of the death. In April 2021 the lawsuit was settled for $510 000.
In May 2021 Blaisdell’s aunt said no amount of money will bring her nephew back and feels as though justice for Blaisdell has yet to truly be served. She wants a police reform that would prevent deaths in police custody in future.
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Zane Blaisdell tried defending himself “from an agonizingly painful and terrifying police dog assault and battery inside of his own home,” the suit stated.
“Obviously you feel they shouldn’t have sent in the K-9 unit on him. No. Because they knew he was in a mental health crisis. –He didn’t pose a threat to anyone. He just retreated back into the house and he was alone,” Blaisdell’s aunt said.
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.