K-9 Handlers in Florida have decided the usual trick of false alerts so authorities can seize assets was not exciting enough, and have taken to unleashing their dogs on people to inflict injuries and pain:
In the early afternoon of July 16, 2012, a frightened mother called the North Port Police Department to report that her 18-year-old son could be suicidal.
“My daughter … found a noose hanging in the garage,” the working mother told the police dispatcher. “I’m afraid he might try to hurt himself.”
North Port responded by sending police K-9 handler Keith Bush, the current leader of a unit that has won regional and national awards at police dog contests, but that has also come under scrutiny at home for unleashing its dogs on juveniles, unarmed suspects and at least one suicidal citizen who was not charged with a crime.
On this day, before he or any other officer reached Jared Lemay’s home, Bush sent a message to fellow K-9 handler Michael Dietz: “COME GET UR BITE.”
They then went to the residence, unleashed their dogs, and then lied about everything that happened. They did, however, leave a trail of texts:
“YOUR BITE OR (Dietz’s)?” McHale inquired.
“I LET (Dietz) HAVE IT,” Bush replied.
“NICE, HOW BAD?” McHale asked.
“BAD,” Bush wrote. “FACE AND BACK.”
“SKIN GRAFT BAD?” McHale asked.
“NO,” Bush wrote.
“COULDA BEEN WORSE THEN, HE SHOULD HAVE COMPLIED,” McHale said, ending the conversation.
To the surprise of no one, Officer Bush is still on the job.
He’s been promoted.