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A video showing a K-9 police dog repeatedly biting an African-American man during an arrest in St. Louis, Missouri is already being investigated by authorities after it sparked outrage and demonstrations.
Police went to the Woodson Road address Monday morning after receiving a call that a man had broken into a business.
In their report, authorities said the man appeared to be drugged, threatened officers for which they put him under arrest, but refused to obey orders and told him that if he continued to resist, they would release the dog.
“The suspect continued to resist, causing minor injuries to one of the officers, so the K-9 was released and the K-9 managed to control the suspect’s foot,” police said.
Video of the incident shows the man standing with his hands on the patrol car before the dog was released. He falls and then remains on the ground with officers kneeling nearby for several seconds with the dog still biting his leg.
The dog is then removed. The man appears to be trying to get up, but the dog lashes out and bites him again until he falls to the ground again, where he appears to be handcuffed.
The suspect was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. He was released from police custody pending charges.
A spokesman for Bell’s office said the office has not charged the man or refused to prosecute him.