WPD: Brister back to work tomorrow, K9 doing well

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Submitted: Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:00pm
Updated: Fri, 02/07/2014 - 4:56am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We are learning more about a Wilmington Police officer and his K-9, who have been off the streets since November.

There have been a lot of questions about how the dog involved is doing. Today, we tried to get some answers.

Wilmington Police say Ofc. Stafford Brister is back on the schedule tomorrow for the first time since November. Although brister will be back on the streets this week, his dog Kaas will not.

Despite multiple reports we’ve heard questioning Kaas’s well being, WPD says he is in the care of another K-9 handler, whose dog recently died. WPD spokeswoman Linda Rawley says Kaas is in the best of health and around other animals.

Brister and Kaas have been off duty since November, when Brister put Kaas into the car of Johnnie Williams after a car chase. Brister will return to work as a patrol officer, but Kaas will not return to duty for the time being.

In the wake of the incident, the department plans an outside review by a K-9 expert to see if the department’s K-9 program is running properly, including if it has the right number of dogs, Chief Ralph Evangelous said last week.

We tried to see Kaas to verify how the dog is doing, but WPD refused to let us.


  • Guest-o-matic says:

    …after any unusual or controversial event involving existing procedure. In this case, we had a criminal to intentionally blow through a well-marked police checkpoint, take them on a high speed chase and didn’t do what they asked when he was eventually subdued. The criminal didn’t like the strong and definitive end result because he chose to flee and resist.

    This review is simply an overcheck to confirm that procedures are in place, they are followed and they are effective. Nobody is admitting to anything, it’s called confirmation. BTW, if you are indeed a mechanic, stay in that line of work. Public service, procedure and law aren’t your strong points.

  • Guest Mechanic says:

    I cannot see why the WPD would run a K-9 program if they did not know what they were doing. By calling in someone else to review their program, they are admitting that things probably were not being done correctly. Bad move on the WPD with a possible pending lawsuit.

  • guest111 says:

    Why is there such concern for the well being of the dog and why would WPD be against the media seeing him? Sounds like they are hiding something.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    The dog is actually a robot from another planet. They can’t fool you. Sharp as razor you are.

  • Guest2020 says:

    The media is not entitled to see the dog. What purpose would it serve? The WPD has the right to protect it’s K9. What exactly do you think they are hiding?

  • Beach Bum says:

    Since the Grand Jury did not file any charges, why isn’t Stafford being reinstated to the k9 unit?

    If the criminals have a problem with Stafford, then perhaps they should.

    After all, they are criminals. Not law abiding citizens.

  • John Schulte says:

    Not only criminals, but we should all have a problem with Stafford. His use of force was excessive and unnecessary, and it is, as yet, uncertain if the dog has been permanently effected by this event. Police are not employed to punish, but to apprehend, detain, and bring to justice. The courts decide if and how someone is to be punished.
    Stafford should not be reinstated to the K9 unit, because he used his dog as a weapon when such force was excessive. When police do this, they are nothing more than thugs with a badge. Stafford should consider himself lucky he still has a job with the police. More training and anger management is recommended.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    …it literally means nothing to me. The drivers door was blocked by a police vehicle. The criminal was running and put the police in emergency pursuit. It’s pretty much fair game at that point as they didn’t know if he was armed, in possession of drugs or whatever. He ran through a checkpoint and put the public in danger at over 80 mph with a 4000 lb. weapon.

    And BTW, I at least took the time to register on this site. Would you like my personal info so you can come and beat me up big guy? If I used my real name could you spell it or would it be as difficult as it is for you to use correct grammar?

  • cops gone wild says:

    You are full of crap guest-o-matic that was nothing but a little police pay back. Anybody that watched the dash cam could see that the guy had given up. The window was down would’nt it have been easier to have just opened the door? But it would’nt have been as much fun as beating out the one that was rolled up.And as far as giving career advice I doubt you are the one to be advising anybody on anything and besides that mechanic would definitely make a better cop than you. When will you start posting under your real name!

  • John says:

    It doesn’t matter what the suspect did prior to arrest, the police should use the minimum force required to get the job done. The dog was pushed through after the police had him. I could see holding the barking dog outside the car to frighten the suspect, but pushing it through the window is tantamount to shooting him. The dog is a potentially deadly weapon. Point a gun at him, tell him to put his hands on his head, wait one second while other police surround the vehicle. It was a poor decision made in the heat of anger. Human, but excessive.

  • Guest2020 says:

    We are talking about a man who had already pretended to give up then tried to run over officers with his car. Opening the door would have given the driver a better target if he was armed. Using the dog to protect the lives of the human officers was the right thing to do. After all, that is the purpose of the police dogs.

  • RSmith says:

    … start posting under his real name when you do.

  • cops gone wild says:

    Well why would you unless you think he may have hurt his back trying to push that poor dog through the window.

  • billyjacobs says:

    Did you try to see Stafford to see how he was doing?

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