CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Missouri cops stand by as dogs attack Black man

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Disturbing video shows Missouri cops standing by as a police dog is let loose on a Black man while he was being arrested.


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Police claim the man wouldn’t comply, but a video shot by a bystander in the St. Louis suburb of Woodson Terrace appears to show the three white police officers standing by while the dog repeatedly bites the man.

The footage sparked outrage, with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board comparing it to pre-civil rights days in Alabama.

“This incident bears all the hallmarks of cops deciding to issue their personal form of street justice,” the board of the local newspaper said.

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In the video, two officers can be seen arresting the man who is leaning over the hood of a car. Another officer stands in front of the car with a barking K9.

The man appears to not be resisting arrest, but the dog is released on him as the other two cops step away.

The dog barks as it nips at the man’s ankles, who is grabbing his legs and shouting “help,” but the three cops continue to let the dog attack him.


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Two of the officers then push the man on the ground, and the dog pulls and tugs at his leg.

The third cop pulls the dog away, only to let him loose on the suspect once more. The dog bites and drags the man back to the ground as the three officers stand by and look on.

The dog is eventually taken away and the man’s arrest continued.

A police canine expert with 35 years experience found the incident unsettling.

“The fact of the matter is, it’s a human reflex response, you can’t have an 80-pound dog puncturing your skin and be compliant,” Michael Gould told KSDK. “It’s virtually impossible.”

The Woodson Terrace Police Department issued a press release, saying they received reports of a man trespassing. He allegedly threatened to “kill the officers” and claimed he was a sovereign citizen but note in the release they use the term “subject,” not “suspect.”


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“The subject was then warned several times that if he did not comply, the K9 would be released,” read the statement. “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.”

The police department said the man refused medical treatment but once he was taken to the station, he complained of his injuries and was taken to hospital.

Officers found what they believe was methamphetamine on the man, and claim that’s why they were unable to restrain the suspect.

“The subject was released pending application of warrants.”

Released. After all that.


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