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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police dog involved in a controversial bite last fall may soon belong to the Fair Bluff Police Department.

Tomorrow Wilmington City Council will vote whether to donate Kaas to Fair Bluff as surplus property the city no longer needs. The resolution is part of council’s consent agenda, which means it’s unlikely to be discussed at the meeting, unless a member asks for it to be removed from the consent agenda.

Wilmington City Manager Sterling Cheatham says WPD is cutting its K9 unit back by one dog.

“We are reducing the number of K9s in our fleet. That’s what I can tell you,” Sterling said. “So moving one of the animals was the most appropriate thing to do, and we are glad we could find a happy place for him. ”

Kaas’s handler, Stafford Brister, was cleared by the SBI and a grand jury of any criminal wrongdoing, but he returned to duty as a patrol officer, and not with the K9 unit following the investigation into his use of Kaas on a suspect following a police chase.

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9 Comments on "WPD shrinks K9 unit, city looks to donate dog to Fair Bluff"

suspicious 1
2015 years 10 months ago

They need to also donate the dog’s former Bozo handler to somebody that needs a crossing guard or to write parking tickets.

The Sheriff
2015 years 10 months ago

You have every right to not call the police when a crime has been committed against you.

Just calling a spade a spade Bozo.

2015 years 10 months ago

The officer was cleared by the SBI to have done nothing wrong. The dog should be retired to its handler. That is what most police departments do. Of yeah that’s right this is Wilmington.

2015 years 10 months ago

Well at least the dog may have a happy outcome from this unlike everyone else involved. Not HIS fault by far but punished nonetheless :\

suspicious 1
2015 years 10 months ago

I don’t need the police, I can take care of myself. With the quality of “officers” we have “protecting” us now, we are safer without them. As for the outcome of the SBI investigation, did anyone really feel the outcome would be any different? Anybody in their right mind, who saw the film, could only feel that the officers went way beyond reasonable force. I won’t even go into the idiot banging the passenger side of the vehicle with his baton to further excite the animal so it would do greater damage to the suspect.

Heimie Schmelter
2015 years 10 months ago

Look at the video with both eyes, without wincing and pay attention. Remember, this started as a police chase because the “innocent guy” in the car blew through a DWI checkpoint and ran from the police, while ENDANGERING the public. Now that you’re a bit more up to speed here, let’s continue…

An officer hits the car in the drivers side door with his vehicle and blocks it so the criminal can no longer evade. The K-9 officer inserts the K-9 through an open window while the officer on the passenger side of the car is trying to break the window with his baton because the door is locked. This is to gain access to the criminal they just had to chase down and arrest him, not to “excite the animal”. He didn’t need to be excited.

Let me guess, you also believe the moon landing was performed in Arizona too, right?

2015 years 10 months ago

It is dumba$$es like you that cause the problem in this world. Lets start by saying if the idiot had not run from the cops then this all would not have happen. Wait, he ran twice. How many people did this guy endanger with his careless actions?

2015 years 10 months ago

He wasn’t just cleared by the SBI. He was cleared by a grand jury. He was found to have done nothing wrong and should not be punished.

Helen Chiverton
2015 years 10 months ago

The Grand jury did not find wrong doing , so why are Officers Kaas and Brister still being punished? Chief Evangelous, Sterling Cheatham and Laura Padget are wrong in their quest to turn the local Law enforcement into a PC force. Padget feels the proposed Black and White police cars are too intimidating. That speaks volumes for her stunted mentality. The above action to punish a proven LEO team and coddle the maniac who drove left of center at excessive speeds speaks to why the City of Wilmington needs to retire Evangelous, Cheatham and Padget.


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