5-year-old had to get stung after police dog bit him in the face
Josh Forbes’ 5-year-old son with a bloodied ear and eye area after being attacked by a K-9 police dog in Pasadena, California. (Photo courtesy of Josh Forbes)
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A K-9 cop ran over a 5-year-old in California on Tuesday, leaving the young boy with bruises and cuts, some of which required stitches.
The 8-year-old Dutch Shepherd, whose name is Barry, was off a leash and bit the left side of the boy’s face on his ear and near his eye in what was supposed to be a routine manifestation at an event community in South Pasadena. . The boy, crying and bleeding, had to be sedated and received six stitches from paramedics at the scene before being taken to a local hospital. He was released the next morning.
“He’s a tough little guy,” said Forbes, who is considering taking legal action. “We take it day by day.
Barry has since been dismissed from his patrol duties, according to NBC-LA.
Forbes had taken his wife and two sons, the other aged 9, to the South Pasadena Police Department’s National Night Out event in Oregon Grove Park on Tuesday night, which included activities like rock climbing, castles inflatables and carnival games for children and adults. . The event is held annually to celebrate and strengthen the department’s relationship with the community, and the family joined a growing crowd waiting for Barry and his master to begin their demonstration.
Police told NBC-LA that Sebastian was the one who rushed the dog, but Forbes say that is not what happened and that it is the police who are to blame for the attack, not his son.
“He took a step forward and my wife said, ‘Back off, mate,’” Forbes said. “I think it was his hindsight that attracted the dog. But again, even with his step forward, we were still 10 feet away. The police try to paint him as if he ran to touch the dog.
“Everything could have been avoided if the cop had kept him on a leash,” he added. “We all need to have our dogs on a leash, and this guy figured he didn’t need it.”
The South Pasadena Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Barry has been with the service for seven years, according to the Pasadena Star News. The department’s K-9 master will assess the dog, South Pasadena Police Chief Brian Solinsky told the outlet. He also said the dog’s handler would remain on duty.
“It is unfortunate that this has happened, and we fear it has happened,” Solinsky said in a statement. “At the same time, it’s not a negative reflection or view of law enforcement; it was really an accident.”
Forbes said he received a call from Solinsky apologizing for the event. He said his son is still recovering.
Over the past few months, a wave of police attacks on the K-9 across the country have been reported, though this should come as no surprise: Police K-9s cause more hospital visits than anything. other use of force by the police, according to the Marshall project. This is the reason why experts recently told VICE News that it might be time to start removing them completely from the policy.
Last month, a woman from Riverdale, Md., Filed a lawsuit against two U.S. marshals after a law enforcement dog attacked her while she was pregnant in 2019. In Granite City, Illinois, a police dog bit a 17 year old during a traffic stop and did not let go until an officer had stacked the animal. The teenager had to be given stitches, and his mother told VICE News they were going to take legal action against the department.