San Diego, CA -- An extremely graphic and disturbing video was uploaded to Facebook this week showing San Diego police officers allowing a K9 to maul a handcuffed man.
The horrifying video begins as the man is on the ground in handcuffs. Instead of the officers attempting to get the dog off the man, two of them hold him down as the K9 tears into his forearm.
No commands to get the K9 to release are given and there is absolutely no reason to even have the dog near him.
Exactly why police were apprehending the man remains unclear as The Free Thought Project's calls to the San Diego police department have not been returned. However, it doesn't matter what the man did prior to being mauled by the K9 as he was in handcuffs, face down on the ground, and posed absolutely no threat to anyone.
The video, taken and uploaded by Facebook user Angel Nunez, was posted with the following description.
So today at work I was able to capture this go down. This K-9 officer had no control of his K-9. There is something definitely wrong with this picture. The officer doesn't seem to have the proper training. Also that dog is not we'll trained......
Nunez also posted another video that showed a bit of what happened prior to the man being put into handcuffs.
In the brief first video, the man clearly appears to have some mental issues. He is unarmed, wearing nothing but shorts, and walking in the street, when the officer unleashes the dog on him.
"Show me your hands! Show me your hands!" screams the officer as his K9 brings the man to the ground.
Amazingly enough, the man manages to show one hand as the K9 tears into his wrist.
"Snap clip I captured......clearly you hear the Officer scream a command in a distinctive language at the K-9. why was the same command not giving to release the suspect????" Nunez wrote to Facebook.
Nunez brings up a good point. the officer was surely able to command his dog to attack, however, he was entirely inept at getting him to stop.
As the next video begins, the man is already subdued, laying on the ground and, for no good reason, the dog is biting his arm.
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His screams of agony are hard to bear.
"I'm comfortable. I'm comfortable," the shirtless, shoeless man repeated over and over as the cop refused to give the dog the release command.
The scene is so horrifying that onlookers begin yelling at the officers to get their K9 under control. Instead of helping to remove the K9 from the man's arm, the other officers held him down and yelled at the witnesses to "get back!"
If and when the Free Thought Project hears back from the San Diego Police Department, we will update this story as necessary.
WARNING: Extremely graphic video.
As TFTP has reported before, the San Diego police department has a brutal history involving their K9s.
A gruesome body cam was released in December showing cops needlessly and sadistically sic a K9 on an unarmed naked man who posed absolutely zero threat to the half-dozen cops who had him completely surrounded.
The incident happened in August of 2015, however, the body camera footage was kept secret for over a year. If you have the strength to watch the entire video, you will know exactly why it was kept a secret.
At 8:30 that August morning, police received a phone call about a naked man walking through a canyon. This man had not attempted to harm anyone and the only 'crime' he'd committed when police arrived was to simply be naked.
The man, a 25-year-old businessman who was in San Diego for a convention, admitted that he ended up naked in the canyon after a particularly hard night of partying. However, when seeing how police reacted upon confronting the man, you would think he was a serial child murderer.
What these two videos illustrate is the dire lack of training within the San Diego police department. These videos are evidence enough that something needs to happen immediately.