The officer in this video was under investigation after a video surfaced in which it appeared he was abusive to the K-9 dog. The officer was separated from the dog. The officer has now reportedly resigned to avoid termination. He resigned just before the termination trial.
“The Salisbury Police Department appreciates your patience and passion regarding the recent release of a K-9 training video,” wrote Chief Jerry Stokes in a press release received on Wednesday. “The extensive investigation by a third-party agency, US ISS Agency, has concluded.Sponsored
“In an effort to restore and maintain the public confidence that has been detrimentally affected by this incident, the Salisbury Police Department would like to share that Officer James Hampton was K-9 Zuul’s handler, and was the officer depicted in the video engaging in inappropriate discipline of Zuul. The Police Department’s review determined that Officer Hampton had acted in a manner entirely inconsistent with his K-9 training and had violated Police Department policy. As a result, he was recommended for termination. The Police Department followed its disciplinary process, which requires that an employee subject to termination be afforded a due process hearing. Following that hearing, and prior to the Police Department formalizing any disciplinary action, Officer Hampton tendered his resignation, effective immediately.”
“The Police Department did not incentivize or otherwise request Officer Hampton’s resignation, which he tendered as a matter of right.”
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The Salisbury Police Department is under fire after an officer was captured on video beating a K-9 police dog during a training exercise in Salisbury, North Carolina.
The video shows the dog handler apparently getting upset with the dog, a 4-year-old K-9 named Zuul, and pulling him up from the ground by his collar. He then appears to throw the dog against the patrol car and hit it in the face.
Other officers can be heard on the recording assuring the handler that their video recording equipment was turned off.
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