Officer who lost part of ear during arrest sues suspect, bar
SALEM, MASS. >> A rookie Massachusetts police officer who lost part of her ear when it was bitten by a woman she was arresting outside a bar has sued the suspect and the tavern.
The Salem News reports that Salem Patrolwoman Jessica Rondinelli's suit seeks monetary compensation for lost income and medical expenses, as well as compensation for permanent scarring.
The suit says the bar was negligent for serving an underage patron.
Prosecutors say Rondinelli was responding to a fight outside the bar in the early morning hours of Aug. 7, and while Rondinelli was putting 19-year-old Emma Wiley in a cruiser, Wiley bit off a piece of the officer's ear. Doctors were unable to re-attach it.
The bar's manager declined to comment. A message left for Wiley's attorney was not returned.
Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com
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