ATLANTA (CW69 News at 10) — Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis dropped the criminal charges against Travis Moya, nearly one year after he was attacked by a K9 with the Alpharetta Police Department. Moya and his attorneys said that despite this, they are still fighting for justice.
Moya said he was still reliving the nightmare of being attacked by K9 Aries last July, when he was reportedly having a mental health crisis and police were called to his home.READ MORE: Toyota Is Offering To Buy Back An Electric SUV Because Its Wheels Could Fall Off
“I heard the first command of ‘get him,’ and then I heard the second command of ‘get him’ again,” he said. “Death did cross my mind, but I didn’t know what to expect.”
At the time, Alpharetta Police charged him with felony and misdemeanor obstruction.
“At no point should any charges ever have been lodged against Mr. Moya. At no point did he do anything felonious to any officers or to the K9,” said Attorney and Georgia NAACP President Gerald Griggs.
Although the district attorney has since dropped the charges, Moya said he is still feeling the after-effects of the incident.
“I’ve been turned down from numerous jobs because of these charges and accusations and so forth, so it’s affecting me emotionally, financially,” Moya said.READ MORE: The House Passes Democrats' Health Care And Climate Bill, Clearing Measure For Biden's Signature
Moya and his wife said they are now taking the next step toward justice, with plans to file a civil lawsuit. Attorneys for Moya blame both the handler and the dog, saying the dog has a history of being unlawfully deployed.
“We’ve also discovered, not only was Mr. Moya unfairly attacked, but the night before, this same K9 was let loose on another individual,” said L. Chris Stewart, one of Moya’s attorneys.
Police investigated the incident and previously said the use of force was necessary, accusing Moya of resisting the three Alpharetta officers involved, Chris Benfield, Jason Frudden, and Mike Esposito.
An Alpharetta city spokesperson said the city does not comment on decisions by the district attorney’s office. However, the spokesperson went on to say that officers Esposito and Frudden have since resigned to pursue other jobs, and that K9 Aries is no longer with the police department.
Moya’s legal team says that he should be compensated for what happened to him.
“This will be removed from his record, and he will be able to move on with his life from the criminal aspect, but the scarring and emotional damage and the physical damage have to be recompensed,” said Griggs.MORE NEWS: FBI Is Investigating 'Unprecedented' Number Of Threats Against Bureau In Wake Of Mar-A-Lago Search
The attorneys expect to release more details once the civil suit is filed next month.