St. Paul Reviews K-9 Use After Accidental Biting

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“Why me? Why is this happening?” Glenn Slaughter thought as a St. Paul, Mn., police K-9 clamped down on his arm last week. Officers say Slaughter, 33, was not involved in the weapons call they responded to early Friday and the K-9 accidentally bit him, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The case led the mayor and police chief to announce Monday that St. Paul’s police dogs will be used more sparingly amid “significant changes” and an external audit. Most of Slaughter’s wounds were to his right forearm, but the dog also bit his back, and his worst injury is a puncture wound on his side. It’s a dime-sized hole measured at the hospital as four inches deep, said Anne Shomshor, the fiancee of Slaughter’s brother.

Slaughter works for a warehouse at IKEA. As he walked to his car to go to work about 2 a.m. Friday, Slaughter didn’t notice police officers. Suddenly, Slaughter saw an officer’s flashlight. An officer said, “Put your hands up” and told Slaughter to get down on the ground. Police had responded to a report of a male with a gun in the street nearby. The suspect fled and, as police searched for him, they ordered Slaughter to lie on the ground for his safety. Slaughter “heard footsteps coming toward him, the chain drop to the ground and then the dog was on him,” Shomshor said. The dog’s handler, officer Mark Ross, gave repeated commands for K-9 Suttree to release Slaughter. He activated the dog’s electronic collar, but Suttree did not stop biting, and Ross had to physically remove him from Slaughter.

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