Video Of San Diego Police Dog Biting Handcuffed Man Causes Outrage
A video of a San Diego police canine biting and shaking a handcuffed black man has caused outrage throughout social media.
In a report from the San Diego Union-Tribune, the video stems from an altercation between Jeremai Northard and three San Diego police officers. Northard was reportedly screaming, jumping on cars and acting out in downtown San Diego, and threatened the cops when they arrived on the scene. Ultimately, an altercation between Northard and one of the cops occurred, with the cop releasing a dog on Northard.
When the dog first clamps down the man can be heard saying, “OK, OK, OK,” followed by “Uncomfortable,” which he repeats multiple times. In the video, viewers can hear Angel Nuñez, the man who recorded the incident, asking cops “You have no control over your dog,” and repeating the question when all three cops get involved with apprehending Northard.
Northard was eventually arrested on suspicion of robbery, battery and being under the influence of drugs. Following the incident police officials said the officers and the dog adhered to the department’s policy.
“While these videos can be graphic in nature to view, keep in mind our canines are extremely effective at deescalating situations and preventing elevated levels of force to take people into custody,” San Diego police Lt. Scott Wahl said.
In another report from NBC, Northard’s aunt said that he has a history of mental illness, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and has been living on the streets.