GPD releases body cam footage on K9 mauling investigation

Published: Sep. 8, 2022 at 5:29 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Gainesville Police Department officials held a press conference showing video of the arrest of a suspect by a K9 unit which led to the suspect losing his eye.

The police department released an edited version of the body camera video with police department video. The department also said an independent group paid to investigate the incident determined the officers were in compliance with department policy.

“What I love about the camera right then, you saw what the officers saw,” said Chief Lonnie Scott.

The investigation was launched after the arrest of Terrell Bradley on July 10. Officers say they pulled Bradley over for failing to stop at a stop sign in the Eden Park Apartments. When officers attempted to detain him, Bradley ran.

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A police department K9 unit tracked Bradley and the dog bit him in the face. Ultimately, Bradley lost his eye.

Bradley, his family, and community activists have called for the officers involved to be fired and for the body camera video of the incident to be released.

However, activist Danielle Chanzes said she will continue to seek justice.

“The video footage that was released today, did not justify anything that happened to Terrell,” shared Chanzes.

Despite that, Chief Scott stated that two officers are suspended because of inappropriate actions during the incident; but he would not say who they are.

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