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Cops Allow Police Dog to Bite Naked, Unarmed SoCal Man

Video raises questions about excessive force

The NBC4 I-Team in Los Angeles has obtained police body cam video — never before seen publicly — that shows cops allowing a canine to bite a naked, unarmed man, including for over 40 seconds after officers had him pinned to the ground.

Attorneys who’ve seen the video say it amounts to excessive force, and raises questions for all police departments about how they use canines.

The initial police call came out around 8:30 in the morning on a Saturday in August 2015. Patrol officers with the San Diego Police Department were asked to check on the welfare of a naked man screaming and running through a canyon in University City, a San Diego suburb near La Jolla, according to police reports obtained by the NBC4 I-Team.

It took some time for the officers to locate the man hiding in a rustic canyon area surrounded by homes and a high school. Officers believed the man was under the influence of a controlled substance, which the man later admitted to NBC4 was true. 

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