FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A Fort Wayne City Councilman’s op-ed piece about a constituent’s encounter with police is being told from two very different sides.
Councilman Jason Arp says a woman in his district was jailed over a dog bite citation she thought she’d taken care of. According to Arp, her dog had bitten a neighbor’s dog, she paid the medical bills, and her dog was microchipped, according to city law.
However, a miscommunication led to authorities believing she had not done so, and she was cited and ordered to appear in court. After a reported conversation with an animal control agent, she was allegedly told she had nothing to worry about, so she did not report to court. Then a warrant was issued for her arrest; she turned herself in and spent a night in the County Jail, where she told Arp she was assaulted while in jail.
“Apparently at the time they didn’t have any individual cells, and she was put into a general population type of cell,” Arp says. His article claims she was held down and urinated on.
Allen County Sheriff Dave Gladieux says that’s not exactly true, from what he knows about the situation:
“We’re now a year and a half later (from the incident) and nobody has come to the Sheriff’s Department to either ask what happened or file a complaint,” he says, asking why Arp didn’t contact him directly about the matter if he was concerned.
You can read Arp’s article here.