This Post is Reposted From Eunice Adekoya at The GrioIn clear agony and discomfort, a man being detained in handcuffs by San Diego cops while simultaneously being bitten by a canine relentlessly screamed, “uncomfortable! uncomfortable.”
Facebook user, Angel Nunez, posted the video on his account and it’s gone viral. The footage shows the canine with a tight bite on the man’s arm while a police officer is holding the dog’s jaw. Two other officers are seen holding the man’s legs down.
According to a report from the San Diego Union-Tribune, much more occurred prior to what Nunez managed to capture on video.
Scott Wahl, lieutenant of the San Diego Police Department, said 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 people to fight. He is also accused of punching a cab driver and trying to steal a motorcycle.
When the officer first approached, the man started moving toward him and threatening to fight. The officer repeatedly told the man to stop or the dog would be released. There’s a second video of the man in the middle of the street with the canine–which at that point was still on a leash–jumping on the man as he tries to bob and weave the dog.
The entire video is pretty graphic to watch which is why many are questioning the police department’s policy pertaining to the use of canines. Wahl said they both did what they were trained to do and that the video clearly shows that.
The big question is: did the police officer act accordingly when the canine latched onto to the man’s arm?
Police dogs are trained to bite and hold, but not bite repeatedly. Officers are able to keep control of the canine by applying pressure to its jaw to safeguard that they remain in control.
The San Diego Police Department says that canine bites are, for the most part, rare.
“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.”
Sources: Eunice Adekoya (The Grio)