A San Diego man was handcuffed and cops tried to restrain him further as he was attacked by a police dog. Unable to defend himself while handcuffed, he suffered as the dog aggressively bit and shook him while the cops were unable to get the dog to release its grip on the screaming man’s arm.
These incidents continue as the police state gains momentum and power. This time, beautiful San Diego was the site of the horrific scene which unfolded in broad daylight. As cops shoot our dogs and kill them for what amounts to target practice on pets, their dogs are trained to be aggressive and violent, and not let go.
Cops actually held the handcuffed man’s legs, as if he was the problem, while he was handcuffed, and only one officer actually tried to remove the attacking dog.
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There doesn’t appear to be any urgency in the cessation of this brutal attack either. The man can be heard repeatedly screaming and shouting “Uncomfortable!” and a bystander can be heard saying, “You have no control of your dog whatsoever? Are you kidding me?” Once the cop escorts the dog away, the other police officers proceed with rummaging through the injured man’s pockets.
The suspect was left with a large open wound (which can be clearly seen toward the end of the video) after the dog pounced on him and bit him. The officer issued no command to stop the attack, but the police department claims that that is standard procedure. Luckily, for those who say things like, “we don’t know what happened before the dog was told to attack,” there is another video of what went down just prior the cop releasing his dog.
In the above video, the man is clearly complying with the cops orders as he’s viciously attacked by the police dog. He still puts his hands in the air and can be heard saying “ok! ok!” as the dog continues to bite.
According to the San Diego Tribune, on Wednesday, police officials said the officers and the dog adhered to the department’s policy. “While these videos can be graphic in nature to view, keep in mind our canines are extremely effective at deescalating situations and preventing elevated levels of force to take people into custody,” San Diego police Lt. Scott Wahl said.
Wahl claims that witnesses told police the man was running in and out of traffic, jumping on cars, trying to pull stop signs from the ground and challenging passersby to fight. He is also accused of punching a cab driver and trying to steal a motorcycle. When the officer first approached, the man allegedly started moving toward him and threatened to fight. He was eventually arrested on suspicion of robbery, battery and being under the influence of drugs.
The officer claims that he repeatedly told the man to stop or the dog would be released. And the dog, was indeed, released.
Police dogs are taught to bite and hold. This is meant to ensure that the canine does not repeatedly bite a person, which could cause further damage, Wahl said. The dogs also aren’t trained to release on a verbal command. Instead, officers are taught to apply pressure to release the canine’s jaw, to ensure they maintain control. That technique can take time. And it’s not done until the suspect is in handcuffs.“Sometimes it takes a bit to get into the right position,” Wahl said. “It’s not a perfect, sterile environment where you push a button and it happens.” The San Diego department also stressed that canine bites are relatively rare. During the first six months of 2017, the canine unit has responded to more than 8,200 calls for service. Bites only occurred during 18 of those. –San Diego Tribune
“We want to deter people from engaging in violent and assaultive behaviors,” the lieutenant said. “Most of the time, merely a police dog’s presence helps.” The debate over whether or not this was an unacceptable use of force or not is still ongoing.
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