Teen Bitten by Police Dog in VA Beach
A Virginia Beach teenager is recovering after being brutally attacked by a K-9 police dog outside a neighbor’s home. 13 News reports that the 13-year-old was at a neighbor’s house playing video games with friend when he and his 9-year-old brother left to return home. Upon walking outside, the teen was allegedly attacked by the police dog and held at gun point by police.
Early reports indicate that the teen was mistaken by police for a burglary suspect. When officers realized that the boy was not their suspect, they called EMS to provide assistance at the scene. Then police disappeared, says the owner of the home where the incident occurred.
The Virginia Beach police department has issued a statement about the incident, saying that every use of force, including K-9 attacks, must be investigated by their Internal Affairs department. Because the incident is still under investigation, they had no official comment about the officer’s decision to release the dog on the teen.
The teen who was attacked is expected to make a full recovery, but he had to miss school and is on crutches because of his injuries. The younger boy suffered no physical injuries, but was apparently distraught by the incident. Attacks like this one can leave emotional scars that last a lifetime. Many dog bite victims develop serious phobias of canines. The family is reportedly working with an attorney to determine whether or not they will pursue legal action against the police department.
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