A 29 year old man from Raleigh was beaten by multiple officers and attacked by a police dog during an attempted arrest.
Multiple North Carolina police beat suspect
Police initially received reports that a male suspect who was armed was yelling at cars passing by in the area of Yonkers Road and North Raleigh Boulevard. Several officers responded to the scene, and video shows five of them standing in a circle around the victim. None of the officers had any weapons drawn at this point, and the interaction did not appear to be tense.
When an additional K9 officer arrived on the scene, the situation immediately escalated. Shortly after his arrival, he can be heard yelling at the victim and he releases the police dog within seconds. The dashboard cameras of multiple police cars then show the same officer hitting the victim as the dog is attacking him.
At this time, several other officers join in on the beating by dealing punches and kicks after the police dog has already subdued the victim. The officers claim that he was still resisting, the cameras pick up one of the officers saying to repeatedly hit him in the head. As the victim is finally handcuffed, the footage captured verbal orders to hit him with various objects such as flashlights.
The officer with the police dog claims that he received a “code 10-18” request from a nearby state highway patrol officer, which means that urgent assistance is needed to diffuse a danger to the public. The court filings from the police also attempt to defend their actions by saying that the suspect posed a danger to them and he refused to comply with multiple verbal commands to surrender. However, during most of the 10 minutes of footage from when the beating began, the suspect was already encircled by officers and being attacked by them. The video shows one of the officers saying that the suspect still put up a fight with the dog on him. He can be seen turning off one of the body cameras on another officer’s gear after making this statement.
The victim admitted that he was intoxicated at the time he was arrested and beaten, but claims he did not put up any resistance at all. He was charged with crimes for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and attacking a law enforcement animal, but all of the charges were dismissed later by a local prosecutor. Three of the officers involved in the beating faced criminal assault charges.
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