FBI Investigates Missouri Officers Who Allowed Dog To Bite Black Man
In SummaryThe FBI is investigating three Missouri officers who let a restrained police dog attack a Black man after they received a report he was breaking into a business.
The FBI has launched an investigation into the arrest of a Black man in Missouri, in which cellphone video shows three white cops letting a police dog to bite him repeatedly, per the Associated Press.
According to a statement posted to the Woodson Terrace Police Department’s Facebook, officers were dispatched to a report that a man was trespassing at a local business and refusing to leave. The employee was “fearful” he was going to remain in the building.
Officers arrived on scene and urged the man to put his hands behind his back. He refused and when officers attempted to do so, the subject resisted. The man was then repeatedly told the K9 would be used if he did not listen to officers.
An onlooker’s cellphone camera captures the dog biting the man’s foot for nearly 30 seconds as he shouts in pain. The man appears to take a step but slips, during which the dog lunges at him again and proceeds to bite of his legs for another 30 seconds.
“The subject continued to resist causing minor injuries to one of the officers, so the K9 was released and the K9 gained control of the suspect’s foot. The suspect went to the ground and the K9 was pulled off the subject,” per the statement. “After the K9 was pulled off of the suspect, the officers attempted to place the subject into handcuffs but due to the subject being under the influence of drugs, he continued to resist and the officers were unable to restrain the subject.”
Officers were eventually able to handcuff the man and found what is believed to be methamphetamine. He was taken to the Woodson Terrace Police Department after initially refusing medical treatment but was transported to the hospital when he began complaining about his injuries.
The man was released pending the outcome of the warrant application and according to AP, has not been charged with any crime as of yet.
Protesters gathered outside the Woodson Terrace Police Department on Friday to demand the three cops be fired and prosecuted.