Lawsuit says Round Rock police beat up vet after argument over unleashed dog

Three Round Rock police officers got into an argument with a disabled veteran because his service dog was unleashed and ended up slamming him to the ground, breaking his sternum and tasing him, according to a federal lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed by Darrell Collins on Thursday against three unnamed officers and Round Rock Police Chief Allan Banks. It claims the officers unlawfully arrested him and used excessive force.

The city does not comment on pending litigation, Nick Olivier, a Round Rock police spokesman, said on Friday.

Collins, a 54-year-old disabled Marine who served in Desert Storm, is seeking $ 5 million in damages for physical injuries and emotional pain and suffering, said his lawyer, George Lobb. Collins’ testicles also were injured during the arrest, Lobb said on Friday.

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