Wilmington police officer cleared in dog bite incident

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Submitted: Tue, 12/10/2013 - 12:07am
Updated: Tue, 12/10/2013 - 3:25am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County grand jury cleared a Wilmington Police Department K-9 officer Monday of wrongdoing for a police chase that ended with his police dog biting and hurting a suspect. Then, jurors indicted the suspect on several charges.

Jurors listened to testimony from an N.C. State Bureau of Investigation investigator and watched dash cam video to determine whether criminal charges should be filed against Officer Stafford Brister in connection with the Nov. 1 arrest of Johnnie Lamont Williams. They decided Brister was not in the wrong in the incident. Then, they indicted Williams for Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Government Official, Felony Flee to Elude Arrest, Reckless Driver to Endanger, and Habitual Felon.

Williams had to go to the hospital that night to be treated for his injuries. Brister has been on paid administrative leave.


  • PublicAvenger says:

    This guy sped through the city, and county, nearly killing several people. He stopped, only when they had to hit his car. What were the cops supposed to do? Wait for him to pull out a gun and shoot. Or grab the wheel, back up and try to kill again ? He only suffered minor injuries. Too bad there’s no such thing as a “kind and gentle way” to use force, against a proven, dangerous, suspect.

    Another great job by Officer Brister, a outstanding 21 year veteran, and Christian, who loves being a K-9. I worked with him many times, and he always tried his best, and always tries to do the right thing. Its a shame good officers have to go through so much stress, just for doing their duty.

  • Lol says:

    Let’s see the video

  • Guest2020 says:

    My children would not be acting like the man who chose to run from the police.

  • Floyd Mathews says:

    How would you like to see you child treated this way during a traffic stop?

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