Video: Police promise investigation after 'horrifying' dog attack

PUBLISHED: 13:04 08 May 2014

The police dog strains at the leash as the man lies on the ground.

The police dog strains at the leash as the man lies on the ground.

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SENIOR officers have promised to conduct a 'thorough investigation' after this 'horrifying' video emerged of a police dog biting an unarmed man who had already surrendered.

The footage, captured in Weston’s Alexandra Parade in the early hours of Monday, was recorded by a passer-by and has been widely published online - prompting widespread criticism of the police response.

The 15-second film shows the shirtless man, who was reportedly a suspect in an earlier assault, lying in the road and submitting to officers as a police dog strains at its handler’s leash just inches from his face.

But when the man pulls away from the aggressive dog, it lunges for him and clamps its powerful jaws on his neck and shoulder, before attempting to drag him across the asphalt.

Senior figures at Avon and Somerset Constabulary have since admitted they are looking into ‘whether the use of the dog was appropriate and necessary’.

However, witnesses have told the Mercury they were left ‘disgusted’ at the police action, which left the man ‘covered in blood’ and ‘in a lot of pain’.

For the full story, see today’s Mercury.

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