The Roswell Police Department (RPD) is once again under fire. Last week, as The Free Thought Project reported, a coin-toss between two female officers led to the arrest of a motorist for criminal speeding. Now, the video footage of a teenager being mauled by a police K9 was just released. The teen complied with all of the officer’s commands and was still mauled. Both stories were reportedly leaked to the press because officers inside RPD believe the public is “at risk.”
Two years ago, an unidentified teenager was a suspect in the theft of a stolen vehicle. The teen initially ran away after officers pulled the car over, but he came back after one officer said he would release the K9. From the dashcam footage that was finally released just this week, the officer can be heard promising to let loose his attack dog.
I’m gonna send the dogs. I’m gonna send the dogs. Don’t run I’m gonna send the dogs.
The boy initially runs but then comes back and sits down on a curb. The officer approaches the teen with his gun drawn, and the dog unleashed. That is when the dog ran away from the officer’s side and began mauling the teen’s arm. The officer then yelled:
In all, more than 20 commands were given to the dog to cease the vicious biting. The dog did not stop and continued ripping the teen’s flesh, despite being choked by his handler. Incredibly, even after the officer got control of the dog, he was still unleashed to bite the boy’s hand.
Roswell Police Chief Rusty Gran claims to be disturbed by the video showing K9 “Robbie,” as he’s known, ripping the flesh from the 17-year-old’s arm:
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It troubles me that the K9 did not release sooner than he did...I would say, ideally, one command should be sufficient (enough to get the dog to release).
But the Roswell Police Department investigated itself and came to the conclusion that no wrongdoing occurred in the incident. Reporter Brendan Keefe pressed Gran with an appropriate analogy, one might say. He told the sheriff he counted more than 18 commands to release the teen suspect after it latched onto the teen’s arm. He then asked Gran, “If you had a police car where you hit the brakes 18 times in a row and the car didn’t stop and it hurt somebody, even a suspect, wouldn’t you take that car out of service?”
"The officers that were on scene did everything that they were supposed to do," Gran contended.
Gran claims that there was a “failure of the leash”. Leash failures seem to be a convenient explanation when trained, killer, attack dogs get out of line. But that does not explain why the police report did not recommend additional training for the dog or even suggest that the dog should be decommissioned.
All attempts to identify the minor seen in the attack, which is now two years old, have failed. If anyone knows the identity of the young boy in the video, please contact TFTP by sending an email to [email protected]
The fact that the video, which is subjected to the Freedom of Information Act, was released a full two years after the incident, serves to illustrate that the police may have intended on keeping the unprovoked attack a secret. Not removing a police dog from duty after it repeatedly failed to respond to its handlers also demonstrates the scope of loose cannons the department appears to want to keep in its arsenal.