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One legal advocacy group says it’s time to put cameras on the police dog squad handlers following an incident that left an innocent man in hospital after being attacked by a police canine.
Lawyer Douglas King with the Pivot Legal Society says dog bites are the number one use of force in the province.
“We are having some serious doubts about whether or not the police dog squad respects the traditional rules of when force is used and it must be absolutely necessary. That is one of the reasons we suggest the province, it might be time to put cameras on the dog squad.”
Vick Supramaniam was hurt during a police raid in New Westminster on Monday.
Police say they deployed flash-bangs and non-lethal weapons when Supramaniam ran for safety, but that’s when a police canine attacked him.
“Unfortunately as a result of that, one of our dogs got a hold of him,” said Constable Brian Montague during a press conference on Tuesday.
That is when a police canine chewed off his ear.
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Another woman was also injured during the police take-down. Police say she broke her wrist.
The Independent Investigations Office is now investigating the incident.
King says he may also ask the province to officially audit the Vancouver dog squad.
“We need to be able to understand and trust that the police dog officers are actually doing what they are supposed to be doing, and not using the dog as a measure of punishment.”
Last year the government implemented provincial standards for police dog deployment.