Vancouver police officer not charged after deploying service dog that seriously injured suspect's arm

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      A Vancouver cop will not be held criminally responsible for the actions of a police dog.

      The B.C. Prosecution Service acknowledged in a statement that a suspect's arm suffered "serious injuries" after being bitten by a service dog on March 16, 2016.

      "In this case, the BCPS has concluded that the available evidence does not mee the charge assessment standard for approval of any charges against the police officer in connection with the incident."

      The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. conducted an investigation and forwarded a report to Crown counsel, but didn't make any recommendation.

      The BCPS statement included few details, withholding the name of the officer, the name of the suspect, and even the name of the canine involved.

      Nor did the BCPS statement reveal the policing district where the dog bit the suspect.

      "A Clear Statement explaining the reasons for not approving the charges will be made public following the conclusion of related legal proceedings involving the suspect arrested during the course of this incident," the BCPS said. "As the related charges are still before the court the BCPS will not be releasing any further information at this time."

      In 2014, the Pivot Legal Society released a report saying that police dog bites were the number one source of injuries caused by B.C. police forces.

      Between 2010 and 2012, 490 people were bitten and injured by these canines, according to the organization.

      Vancouver police dogs were responsible for 80 percent of these bites in urban areas.

      "Unlike other police impact weapons such as fists and batons, police dogs are unique in their tendency to inflict devastating and permanent injury," then Pivot lawyer and report author Douglas Kings said in a news release. "We should not be viewing them as friendly ambassadors of policing, but as potentially deadly weapons."

      Christopher Evans took a photo of his leg before going into surgery after he was bitten by a Vancouver police dog in 2009.
      Pivot Legal Society