A North Carolina police officer resigned after watching a video of a K-9 being strapped up and slammed into a police car.
Salisbury Police Officer James Hampton Offering his resignation Police said in a news release Wednesday after an external investigation resulted in the department recommending him to be dismissed. According to department policy, Hampton was allowed to resign after a legitimate hearing.
The dog — K-9 Officer Zulu — has since Given a clean health bill Police said in a Facebook post on March 5, according to veterinarians.
“Police James Hampton was a K-9 Zulu handler and a police officer depicted in a video engaging in improper discipline in Zulu,” Salisbury police said in a release. “A police review determined that Police Officer Hampton acted in a manner completely inconsistent with his K-9 training and violated police policy.”
Salisbury is I-85, about 45 minutes northeast of Charlotte.That police station Employ 81 people, Including 72 swearers.
This division first fired in early March, almost announced by Fox 46. 1 minute video It seemed to indicate that the policeman lifted the training police dog with a leash and slammed it next to the police car.
The video had no date and police did not identify when and where the incident occurred.
In the video, a police officer identified as Hampton is seen leaving the police SUV with the backdoor open. As he left, the dog jumped out of the open door and tried to chase. Then I heard Hampton screaming and the dog immediately appeared to be lying down.
Hampton walked towards the dog (later identified as Zulu) and tied it up. The video then shows him lifting the Zulu with a leash and swinging him around his back as he returns to the SUV.
You can hear someone in the video saying, “We’re fine, no witnesses.”
The video then shows that Zul was throbbing and slammed into the side of the car before being pushed back into the car. Hampton seemed to shout “stay” before raising his hand and hitting the K-9.
During a press conference on March 2, Salisbury Police Chief Jerry Stokes told reporters that Zul was separated from his handler while the case was being investigated by an external agency. “Dog training tactics and corrective actions can be out of context and vigilant,” he said, given what police dogs are trained to do.
Police identified an external agency as a Huntersville-based USISS on Wednesday Security and research company.
Salisbury police recommended dismissing Hampton after the US ISS concluded that his actions in the video were “inappropriate.” Police said he had not received an incentive to resign and did not demand his resignation.
“I understand the call for immediate dismissal of officers, but city officials are given due process to ensure the fairness of all involved and can take time,” the agency said Wednesday. It was.