Dash cam video released in K9 biting incident

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Submitted: Tue, 12/10/2013 - 3:09am
Updated: Tue, 12/10/2013 - 1:36pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Dash cam video released Monday provides a closer look at what happened when a Wilmington police K-9 officer unleashed his police dog on a suspect who police say drove through a DWI checkpoint and led them on a chase Nov. 1.

In the video, you can see a cruiser ram into Johnnie Williams car to stop him. Then, as Williams puts his hands up, Stafford Brister lifts his dog into Williams’ car. The K-9 attacks. After that, officers surround Williams’ car and one breaks his window to pull Williams out.

During an interview he did with WWAY Nov. 7, Williams swore he didn’t deserve that treatment.

“I didn’t do anything forceful against the officers. I didn’t not do anything. I stopped and I gave up my rights and I tried holding up my hands,” Williams said.

That’s why New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David said he wanted a grand jury to look at the case.

“What distinguishes officer Brister’s case from the other three, is in the first three, I believed it was clear as a matter of law the reasonable use of force was not something that was subject to review by this community. This one I regarded as close enough where the community should be involved,” David said.

After watching the dash cam video, a New Hanover County grand jury cleared Brister whose been on paid administrative leave since the incident. Then, jurors indicted Williams on several charges including assault with a deadly weapon on a government official. Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said there will be an internal investigation into the incident.

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39 Comments on "Dash cam video released in K9 biting incident"

2015 years 8 months ago

Amazing how so many think the officers were wrong, when they were right in what they did.
I don’t care how many times you say what if this were my son or daughter, my stance won’t change. You can also say he made a mistake and came to his senses… but that is a lie. We can see in the video that the only reason he stopped was because he had to be rammed to stop him. If he was drinking, he is a pos. Drinking and driving is sick and any who have excuses for DUI is just as sick as the drinker/driver.
You want to drink, keep it at home. The rest of us law abiding people have our children on these roads with the animals.
This man led police officers on a high speed chase and could have killed and hurt many. So yes, I am thinking about MY children and what if it was them. But only what if it was them I had to bury for a criminal and animal.
Now for why that cop put that dog in that car? To make sure he stayed PUT! To not try to take off and possibly kill an officer or get away! It was put that dog in the car making sure this criminal stayed put or he could have pulled his gun and the story go another way.
Nobody can make you bleeding hearts happy. He’s alive yes?
This man asked for this by not obeying laws.

2015 years 8 months ago

The officers didn’t need the assistance of the K9 (from watching the video). I only hope nothing negative happens to the K9. He was just doing his job and what the officer commanded him to do. The officer is to blame (if anyone is); he lifted the dog up and shoved him in the car.

2015 years 8 months ago

Always protecting the person that broke the law.Just like the other police involved shootings. An idiot shoots an officer, runs and confronts officers again. They blow him away and the cops have to be investigated? Come on man!! Do it more often and this crap will cease!!

2015 years 8 months ago

I dislike people who drink and drive I do! But why didnt they taze him the dog mauling after he threw his hands up and to watch seems cruel. remind me of some nasty times in the place we call the SOUTH. NO doubt he is a criminal. What if the dog was at his neck This would be another story.

2015 years 8 months ago

Check out this WWAY story:
The drunk is passed out in his vehicle and hits the police car.
I suppose in your perfect world, we would let this guy go with a warning. You can’t fix stupid.