April 5 2018
Police regularly use K-9 partners to track and apprehend suspects who have fled the scene of a crime or done something illegal. In North Carolina this week, the police were called to help locate an autistic child that had gone missing. The police K-9 was allowed to smell his pillow and then released to track the child. The dog found him near the back yard and attacked and mauled the child. This was a horrible misuse of a trained attack K-9. It hardly ever makes the news but police K-9 dogs often bite suspects.
Years ago, on the East Coast of Florida, I did some research on a K-9 dog named Thor. He had been equipped with steel teeth. I found that in an 18 month period, the dog had hospitalized over a dozen suspects. In that case, the handler, had allowed the dog to bite every time he did a track. He did that to hone the basic animalistic tracking instinct. In other words, he let the dog bite the prey as a reward for a good track.
The dog in the North Carolina case should never have been let off leash. Police K-9 dogs are trained go bite and grab and hold. We have all seen the news report training videos where the dog is allowed to attack another officer wearing padded garb. If you have been arrested and a K-9 was deployed and bit you, let me hear about it. I am trying to gather statistics on the number of times police dogs are allowed to bite a suspect.
How many times was the dog allowed to bite?
Did you sustain stitches? Did it get infected?
Were you charged with fleeing and eluding or battery on a police officer (k-9 partner)?
As a criminal defense lawyer, I have found over the years that when a person arrested has to be transported to the hospital, the police to justify the physical injuries often charge a phony charge of resisting or battery to justify what they have done. Let me know if this has happened to you
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