As the PBWW channel often recounts, families who call 911 for medical assistance for a loved one sometimes get police assistance instead. Over the years, deploying police to medical situations has had disastrous outcomes, with innocent individuals who needed medical attention instead getting fists, batons, pepper spray, and even gunshots. Travis Moya was the most recent person to be hurt by this egregious failure. A K-9 attacked him in his front yard because he was trying to get medical help.
The Fulton County District Attorney's Office said they will not bring charges against Moya after fighting false accusations that were made to support the abusive police tactics.
Now a lawsuit is being conducted.
After looking at police bodycam footage, senior district attorney Melissa Roth wrote in a court document from June 2 that "the state feels a jury would find insufficient evidence to support a judgement of guilt."
According to Moya's lawyer, L. Chris Stewart, the last year has flipped his client's life "upside down" and he feels police footage proves he wasn't entitled to be prosecuted.
Stewart remarked, adding that the purpose of the planned lawsuit is to seek justice, "You're charged with something and it's public on TV and it's not fair." This could have avoided throwing that guy in prison. He wasn't deserving of it.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that Moya was arrested in April on three counts of felony obstruction and one count of misdemeanour obstruction related to an interaction with police outside of his house on July 25, 2021.
Moya's legal team is seeking for the cops involved in that day's incident to face criminal charges. But this summer, after their own investigation, the police said in a statement that "it was determined that there was no violation of departmental police or federal or state laws governing appropriate use of force standards."
Moya "was experiencing a mental health crisis and waiting for an ambulance" at his house in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta when the event happened last year, according to Stewart. Moya was "unarmed, non-violent, and was not resisting arrest," according to Stewart, but when the police arrived, "a K-9 was released free" and assaulted her.
According to cell phone footage captured by Moya's wife, the police throw Moya to the ground, climb on top of him, hold him down, and then force the K-9 to maul him.
"He was unable to kick or move." He was unable to drive the dog away. He had to lie there as the dog tore him to pieces, according to lawyer L. Chris Stewart.
The extent of Moya's arm and upper shoulder injuries may be seen in a medical video. They are graphic, so be warned.
As you view the video below, keep in mind that Moya needed medical attention, not police assistance, and had done nothing wrong or hurt anybody.
Instead of providing the assistance he needed after causing the dog to maul a vulnerable guy, the cops instead took him into custody and charged him with a crime. She was charged with criminal obstruction even though she was innocent because she needed medical attention but was attacked by a police K-9 instead.
"He should not have ever been taken into custody or picked up by the police." However, eight cops arrived instead of an ambulance, according to lawyer Gerald Griggs.