Video: Did Police Use Excessive Force by Allowing K-9 to Bite Man?

A video was released by the Troy police surrounding an incident that occurred on Thursday night in the city. Two police officers were speaking to Dino Macaluso, who police say gave a fake name at the time. However, police recognized him as the 52-year-old parole absconder.

In the video, a K-9 officer can be seen walking over to Macaluso and allowing him to be bit by the K-9. People are questioning whether or not this in considered excessive force.

According to Captain Barker, the technique is called a "control bite" in which K-9 officers direct the dog to a specific part of a suspect's body until the are compliant.

Captain Barker explained that Macaluso tried to choke the K-9, though that isn't apparent in the video.

Macaluso served time for manslaughter in 1987 and served time on a 2000 charge for criminal possession of stolen property in Queens County.

Following the incident in Troy, he is charged with four misdemeanors including resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, violating parole and attempting to kill or injure a police animal. His bail is set at $5,000 and his release would need to be approved by parole officers.

 

Photo: WNYT

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