Shocking video shows a California cop pinning his K-9 partner to the ground and punching it after it refused to let go of a toy during training
- Roberto Palomino filmed an officer pinning K-9 partner to ground and hitting it
- Cop captured striking dog in a Fire Station parking lot in Vacacville, California
- Police claim the incident was part of K-9 training but is being investigated
- Dog has since been removed from handler’s care and vets found no injuries
A police officer was caught on camera punching his K-9 partner ten times when it didn’t give up a toy during training in California.
Police are investigating the seemingly brutal attack, captured by a resident in Vacaville, which saw the officer striking the canine several times as it laid on the ground of a parking lot.
The clip shows the man pinning the yelping pup between his legs and hitting it once but witness Roberto Palomino claims he saw him hitting it ‘over and over’.
The shocking clip showed the Californian police officer striking the dog, which Robert Palomino claims was one of several blows, in a parking lot in Vacaville
Shocked at what he had witnessed on Monday at around 12.15pm in the back parking lot of the Vacaville Fire Station 73 and not sure what to do for the best he pulled out his camera to document what was happening outside his warehouse.
Sharing the horrific video on Facebook on Tuesday he said: ‘Came to my warehouse to grab some tools, when I heard a dog crying. When I looked, the officer was punching the dog over and over…only thing I could think was recording.
‘I’m sure he saw me. He stopped beating the dog when he saw me and went behind those trailers in the video where I could see their legs only.’
Mr Palomino told the Vacaville Reporter: ‘It was crying like it was in pain, crying like someone ran over it or something.’
He says he is haunted by what he witnessed and keeps questioning what the dog must have done to deserve that treatment.
Roberto Palomino shared the shocking video on his Facebook page the next day explaining what he saw which sparked outrage among many who watched it
Unsure what to do for the best after seeing the horrifying sight outside his warehouse, Mr Palomino (pictured) pulled out his camera and recorded the incident
His Facebook post soon gained traction, with hundreds of people sharing their outrage at the handling of the dog, with some branding his actions as ‘disgusting’ and ‘terrible’.
Vacaville Police Department were soon forced to share a response for the public which explained the incident took place during training.
‘We understand how disturbing the video appears to many who view it and the range of emotions it creates,’ the police statement read.
‘What the video doesn’t show is the moments prior, when the canine became aggressive towards his handler.
‘We want to assure the public this incident is being evaluated in its entirety and will be investigated appropriately.’
Updating the public yesterday, the police confirmed the dog had been removed from the care of its handler and placed with a third party outside of the department while a ‘thorough and complete’ investigation takes place into the incident.
Mr Palomino said he could hear the dog yelping as it was struck but, after being assessed by vets, the police confirmed it had no sustained any signs of injury or distress
After Mr Palomino shared the video on Facebook, the Vacaville Police Department were forced to share their statement assuring the public that the incident was being investigated
The dog was also checked over by vets and showed no signs of distress or injury.
Police Captain Matt Lydon said that the officer in the video had been in the police for 11 years but had no prior experience with K-9 handling and had only been working with the dog for three or four months.
He suggested the dog had performed well at a drugs search and had been rewarded with a toy but refused to give it back, resulting in the officer taking it from him.
Lydon claimed the dog attempted to bite the officer and he was forced to assert dominance – as he was taught in training.