City attorney wants charges against K-9 attack victim dropped, offers help

Colvin, who is an Army reservist, was at an off-campus party when a fight started and then spilled into the street.

Officers got there and wanted to ask Colvin what she saw or knew about the incident. She did not want to talk to them. During the encounter, a police officer released a K-9 that attacked Colvin, taking a chunk out of her leg, in part.

Her family, as well as the NAACP, found the use of force unreasonable.

The Norfolk Police Department began an investigation and Chief Michael Goldsmith agreed the use of force was “unreasonable.”

“Most of the time the officers get it right,” said Goldsmith. “In this one case … I do not think we got this decision right.”

Goldsmith took responsibility for what he described as unspecific language in the department’s K-9 policy that led the handler to believe deploying the dog was justifiable.

“The reason why we didn’t get it right is because we have a policy in place that does not adequately provide the guidance needed to make sure the officer understands what we mean by the use of the dog,” Goldsmith said. “That’s on me.”

via City attorney wants charges against K-9 attack victim dropped, offers help.

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