A 21-year-old Army private was hospitalized with severe wounds after an incident involving three Norfolk Police officers reports WAVY.

London Colvin is a second-semester junior and Sociology major at Norfolk State University and a private in the 3rd Brigade, 318th Regiment and 78th Training Division, based at Fort Belvoir in Virginia.

Colvin was at an off-campus party early Sunday morning when a fight broke out. According to her cousin, she and her friends were leaving when the police showed up.

“She was at a party off campus. She said that a fight broke out, and she had nothing to do with the fight. She did say she was at the party, and her and her friends were leaving,” said Whitney Dunn, the victim’s cousin. “She was definitely being loud – she did admit to that.”

Dunn explained to Potomac Local the series of events leading up to the attack:

She told her family that one of the police officers approached her as she was leaving the party to question her. She also told her family that she had nothing to do with the situation, so she didn’t want to talk to the officer.

Colvin was completely within her rights to not to talk to the police officers. Also, unless she was being detained, she would’ve not had to stop. Dunn explains what happened next:

“Her and her friends continued to walk, and she said that she definitely continued to be loud, however they were walking away. 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’s leg was subsequently torn to shreds after the dog was released.

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Colvin was later transported to a nearby hospital, where she received 40 stitches to close some of wounds on her leg.

“The one [wound] that is open on her leg can’t be closed. That’s going to need plastic surgery,” Dunn said.