London Colvin suffered serious injuries after being attacked by police dogs on Sunday night in Norfolk, Virginia.
Colvin, who is a private in the Army Reserve and attends Norfolk State University, was at an off-campus party where a fight broke out at about 2:15 a.m.
Colvin's cousin Whitney Dunn claims that the service woman had nothing to do with the fight and was leaving the party.
“Her and her friends continued to walk, and she said that she definitely continued to be loud, however, they were walking away," Dunn told Potomac Local. "The two other police officers approached her, asked her to stop. Whatever the case may be, they had her down on the ground when the dog came. Two of the police officers restrained her on the ground, and then they allowed the dogs to attack her."
Colvin, who was transported to a local hospital and received 40 stitches, is reportedly seeking legal counsel.
Norfolk Police Department spokesman Daniel Hudson told Potomac Local:
“We responded to a massive fight that happened in the street. Apparently there was a call for about 35 individuals who were partaking in a physical fight in the middle of the street. And once we have that multitude of people, we always have our canine officers respond out there with us for crowd management."
“There was an officer that was attempting to place the woman in custody for disorderly conduct. When [the officer] tried to place her in custody, she became combative against the officer. Another officer attempted to restrain her, but again, there were multiple people around, so the canine officer deployed the dog to restrain the woman so nobody would get hurt."
WAVY reports that Colvin was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. A college student who witnessed the incident claimed that Colvin refused to answer the officers' questions about the fight.
Norfolk Police Department spokesman Sam Shenouda told WAVY that Colvin has filed a complaint about the incident with the Norfolk Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards.