Police Officer Suspended After Allegedly Abusing His K9 Partner
A K9 handler in Hammond, Ind., is under investigation after a YouTube video of him mistreating his dog goes viral.
Samantha Meyers |
Posted: May 6, 2014, 12 p.m. PST
The video titled, "Hammond cop abuses k9 unit,” shows the officer pulling the German Shepherd into the air by its collar and hitting it with a leash after a traffic stop.
Captured by a local resident who appears to be filming from a building nearby, the video has received nearly 800,000 views and over 1,000 comments.
From the distant video is appears that the handler is trying to get the dog to release something from its mouth. Once the dog lets go of whatever he was holding the dog takes off with the officer back to the car.
Hammond city hall was inundated with calls and e-mail messages as the video clip went viral, Mayor Thomas McDermott McDermott says in a report by the ChicagoTribune.
"Unfortunately for this officer, this mistake is going to be viewed a million times all over the country,” McDermott states in his weekly radio talk show.
The officer was placed on administrative leave immediately. The mayor did not excuse the officer’s behavior, he pointed out the officer had an excellent record.
In a statement McDermott says "Anybody who loves dogs as much as I do is always saddened and shocked anytime you hear of a dog's abuse. When you find out it happened with an employee of yours, it makes it that much more shocking and disturbing."
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