FBI investigates police dog attack on detained black man

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The FBI has opened an investigation into a Missouri police department after a viral video was released showing an inmate black man repeatedly bitten by a police dog.

The disturbing footage shows the suspect with his hands on a police car when the dog is released and begins to bite his foot Monday in the town of Woodson Terrace in St. Louis County.

After several seconds, two policemen bring the man to the ground, the dog still nibbling on his right foot, the clip shows. The man then tries to get up but is again shot by the dog.

The cops then appear to be handcuffing the suspect.

“Don’t let the dog bite him,” hears a woman yelling at the cops in the video. “Are you serious? Oh my God. You let him bite him.

The name of the suspect was not disclosed.

Woodson Terrace Police Chief Randy Halsted said the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his ministry “fully cooperate” with the federal investigation.

The footage shows the suspect with his hands on a police car as the dog is released and begins to bite his foot.
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According to a police Facebook post, the cops intervened on the scene shortly before 7.20 am Monday for a complaint for trespassing.

“Our officers contacted the subject and the subject immediately began threatening to kill the officers and identified himself as a sovereign citizen,” the post said. “The subject continued to yell obscenities and tell the officers that he would not comply and that he” will not obey our contract. “

He said the man resisted when cops tried to handcuff him.

Man with cops and police dog.
Two policemen bring the man to the ground, the dog still biting his foot.
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“The subject was then warned several times that if he did not comply, the K9 would be released,” the post said. “Subject continued to resist causing minor injuries to one of the officers, so K9 was released and K9 took control of the suspect’s foot.”

The department said the dog was pulled from the man but released again when the man continued to resist.

The man was treated for unspecified injuries in hospital and released. The charges against him are pending.

Dog attacking a man in custody.
The Woodson Terrace Police Department says that “the subject immediately began to threaten to kill the police.”
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The footage angered local activists, who gathered outside the police headquarters on Friday.

“We are outraged by the despicable and contemptible behavior of the Woodston Terrace police officers,” community activist Zaki Baruti told The Associated Press.

Another, the Reverend Darryl Gray, called it “reprehensible and inexcusable”.

A police dog attacks a man in custody.
The footage angered local activists, who gathered outside the police headquarters.
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With post wires



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