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The Gainesville police officer who let his dog loose on a 10-year-old boy resulting in bites to the child's leg has been reprimanded by the department.
Cpl. Timothy Durst made a judgment error in freeing his dog by failing to verify that a reported crime occurred and failing to verify that the description of the boy matched the reported suspects, according to an internal affairs report released Thursday.
Durst, with his dog Grady, saw a youngster later identified as Bryce on a bicycle in the area. Police say Durst yelled for the boy to stop. Durst then released his dog, which bit Bryce.
Poor kid is probably going to have nightmares for the rest of his life.
"I think that when you look at the policies in place, if I had to freeze-frame it to that date and time, the reprimand was all I could do," Jones said.
Gainesville attorney Robert Rush has filed a notice of intent to sue on behalf of the family. He said Thursday he hopes to meet with city to try to resolve the matter