Livingston Settles Lawsuit with Man Bitten by Police Dog

Man paid $104,000 to resolve a lawsuit

By Justin Franz

LIVINGSTON — Livingston will pay a man who was bitten by a police dog in 2013 $104,000 to resolve a lawsuit.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that attorneys for Mark Demaline, the man who was bitten, announced they had agreed to a settlement in the suit filed May 2014 against the city and several individuals, claiming assault and battery, negligence, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

According to court documents, Demaline was working at a tavern in downtown Livingston on Aug. 22, 2013 when police checked the doors of the restaurant and found them unlocked after hours. The officers then unleashed their police dog with the intention of it finding and attacking anyone inside.

Livingston officials say they gave multiple warnings before letting the dog loose.