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Footage has emerged of a police dog biting the neck of a shirtless man as he is arrested in Weston-super-Mare.
The video posted on YouTube, shows a man lying on his front in the road when the barking dog lunges forward and seems to sink its teeth into his neck.
The dog, which was on a lead, appears to drag the man forward a short way.
Avon and Somerset Police Assistant Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe said the force's professional standards department would investigate.
The force said officers were called in the early hours of Saturday to reports of a large fight.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said she had watched the footage and had spoken to the chief constable about it.
"It will be very thoroughly investigated. It won't be brushed under the carpet," she said.
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said the man had received medical treatment for a shoulder injury but had since been released from hospital.
I agree. The dog did nothing wrong. The officer was allowing the dog to bark and lunge. He could have easily gave it the command to stop. In the case that the dog wasn't complying to his commands, the officer should have removed the dog from the situation. Either way, the officer is responsible for the dogs actions.
originally posted by: Lichter daraus
a reply to: Mikeultra
Imho, I dont think the dog should be put down. yes the dog bit the man but the cop let it happen and the cop should be fired, but we all know he will just get a paid vacation and nothing more.