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3 Years Of K-9 Bite Videos Released By West Valley Police

Nov 2, 2020, 7:58 PM | Updated: 11:30 pm

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – The West Valley City Police Department released K-9 bite body camera videos from the last three years.

The Monday release was part of the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s request for all video and documents surrounding bite incidents in the last three years from agencies that have K9 programs.

District Attorney Sam Gill requested the videos after his office charged a police officer who allegedly let his K-9 partner attack a man who had his hands in the air.

Salt Lake City police officer Nickolas John Pearce, 39, of Herriman, was charged with aggravated assault, a second-degree felony.

The Salt Lake City Police Department then released videos from 19 incidents as requested by Gill. Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall later suspended the K-9 unit.

West Valley police handed over 25 dog bite cases to Gill’s office Monday.

“We just wanted to go through each of the videos that we had to explain what the officer did. why they did it, and explain some of the parts that people might be confused about so whether than having confusion we just want to explain better,” said West Valley Police Chief Colleen Jacobs.

A news release said the department deployed K9’s 833 times and reported 25 injuries since 2018.

The West Valley K9 videos can be seen here.

It begins with an “Inside the Department” video that profiles the K9 Unit.

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