Wilmington officer cleared in police dog biting

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 2:31 PM

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) -- A Wilmington police officer has been cleared after he was questioned about using excessive force when a police dog bit a suspect. 

The StarNews of Wilmington reported (http://bit.ly/JeKOeJ ) that a New Hanover County grand jury this week concluded there was no wrong-doing by Wilmington K-9 Officer Stafford Brister. 

District Attorney Ben David said he brought the assault case before the grand jury because the use of force in the Halloween incident could be questioned. 

A video of a police chase shows Brister approaching a suspect's car after it had been stopped following a 13-minute chase. The video shows Brister lifting his dog into the open window and the dog bites Johnnie Lamont Williams. 

Williams was treated at a Wilmington hospital for wounds to his face and shoulder.
 

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