RCMP handler cleared in dog-bite case 0
The handler of an RCMP police dog that bit and caused “significant injury” to a suspect fleeing a bank will not be charged, according to the provincial Crown.
On Dec. 13 in North Vancouver, Mounties, with the help of the police dog, trailed the suspect during a fraud investigation into a “thick clump” of bushes in front of an apartment building.
The case was investigated by B.C.’s civilian-led Independent Investigations Office, which didn’t have any recommendations to make, said the Crown report.
The dog, still on the leash, leapt at the man hidden in the bushes, according to the Crown. Officers tried to pull it off immediately, but the struggle lasted between 10 seconds and several minutes.
The evidence found the dog only bit him once, not repeatedly as the suspect suggested, said the Crown.
“Notwithstanding the significant injury to the suspect, the evidence is not capable of establishing that deploying the dog constituted an unreasonable and excessive use of force in this incident,” the report concluded.