World Bulletin / News Desk
A report into the usage of police dogs in Los Angeles, USA, has revealed that police dogs have bitten a disproportionately higher number of ethnic minority suspects since 2004 than white suspects.
The report published by the Police Assessment Report Center (PARC) showed that police dogs only bit African-American and Latino-American suspects in the first half of this year. They also revealed that the number of incidents in which ethnic minorities were bitten has increased by approximately a third between 2004 and 2012.
LA’s most predominantly black and Latino populated five districts – Century, City of Industry, Compton, Lakewood and Lennox – saw more incidents of police dog bites than all the rest of the other 21 districts of LA combined.
The US Department of Justice has even admitted that police in LA are targeting ethnic group. “African Americans, and to a lesser extent Latinos, are more likely to be stopped and/or searched than whites, even when controlling for factors other than race, such as crime rates,” they said.
According to The Independent, an LA police dog was suspended in 2004 for having a tendency to bite black children.
Revelations have forced Bruce Chase, the head of the canine unit, to review tactics and reduce the bite to arrest ratio.Last Mod: 12 Ekim 2013, 12:12