On October 31, 2013, Johnnie Williams drove through a DUI checkpoint without stopping, and then led police on a chase. During the chase, he reportedly rammed a police cruiser, and he was eventually stopped by officers who ran their cars into his. Williams is being charged with multiple felonies over the incident.
I don’t have a bit of problem with any of that.
I do have a problem with what happened next. After the chase was over, you can see Williams surrendering. Both of his hands clearly come up in the “I give up” position. Then we see Wilmington officer Stafford Brister pick up his K9 and shove it through the window at Williams. Of course the dog immediately attacked Williams, causing serious injury. Brister and the other officers then stood back and watched.
The district attorney took the case before the grand jury, which no billed Brister. In most states, if a DA wants an indictment, they get an indictment.
The police chief says that sometimes the job “isn’t pretty.” No argument there, sometimes it isn’t. I don’t care what the POS suspect did, you still don’t toss a dog in the car with him.
Brister can still be prosecuted, but it would have to be a federal civil rights trial. Wilmington is in the Eastern District of North Carolina, and the U.S. Attorney is Thomas G. Walker. His contact info is:
Office of the United States Attorney
310 New Bern Avenue
Federal Building, Suite 800
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601-1461
Phone: (919) 856-4530
Fax: (919) 856-4487
- Cop Shoves His Dog Into Surrendering Suspect’s Car Window – Dog Mauls Suspect (rinf.com)
- Stafford Brister, NC Cop, Won’t Face Charges For Forcing Dog on Driver’s Lap (theepochtimes.com)
- Dog bites man after cop sics canine on him (nydailynews.com)
- Police Dog Forced Into Car To Bite Surrendering Man | No Charges For Cop (scmlmag.com)