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Monday, January 24, 2022

VIDEO: A look at the bites of three Richmond police dogs

Richmond police take their dogs on suspects an average of once each month, according to a new analysis of the department’s internal police records on the use of force.

Take a look at those three violent arrests through the lens of police body-camera video. For the full story, click here.

(Note: To turn on closed captioning, click the “CC” button at the bottom right of the video and select “English CC.” The video contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing.)

Video: “There’s a Baby Down Here!”

setting the scene: Richmond police search for a suspected gang member who has run away from officers and breaks into neighbors’ apartments. Two young sons of neighbors are sleeping somewhere inside.

What to look for: When the suspect is found hiding under a bed, police dog Odin accidentally attacks an officer, then the suspect, and then an 8-year-old boy.

Result: The boy is treated for a puncture wound on his head; Officer for the wound in his hand. The accused has a chest injury. The police have accused the accused of using the boy as a human shield. An internal review supports the use of force, but recommends more joint training between gang and dog units.

Video: “I gave up!”

setting the scene: A Richmond canine unit hunts down a hit-and-run suspect who police fear is armed and hiding near railroad tracks.

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What to look for: The suspect is heard trying to “leave” before and during the attack by the police dog Odin.

Result: The suspect has dog bite wounds on his ankle. The officer says the dog and the suspect were too far away to thwart the attack. An internal review approves the use of force and commends the officer for the “excellent job” he communicated during the incident.

Video: without warning

setting the scene: A Richmond police officer, waiting for backup, orders a suspect in a Home Depot burglary to lie on the ground.

What to look for: After repeatedly ordering the suspect to show his hand, the officer releases the police dog Gunnar without warning.

Result: The suspect has wounds on his arm, chest, neck and ear, requiring stitches. An internal review approves the use of the dog, but the officer’s lack of audible warning requires additional training for a “serious offence.”

In a state with more than 115,000 officers, the city of Richmond stands as a case study of what communities can learn about their police use of force through Senate Bill 1421. Even some close observers of the police department were puzzled by California’s transparency law. Here.

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