Edmonton police remove online message detailing K9’s arrest: ‘Message was inappropriate’ – Edmonton

A social media post by the Edmonton Police Canine Unit on Christmas Day is getting a lot of attention.

The December 25 Facebook post detailed an arrest made by police dog Bender the night before.

He said a ‘last minute naked shopper’ broke into a Home Depot, stole power tools and fled when he saw police, but Bender ‘was able to nab the naked shopper last minute and stop it”.

“They are weapons and they are very dangerous,” said Tom Engel, describing the police service dogs. Engel is chairman of the Police Committee of the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association.

“They cause serious bodily harm – permanent disabling injuries – and they are terrifying.”

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The post drew widespread criticism online given the man’s condition and the extreme cold.

The post was later deleted.

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Engel called it a case of excessive force on the part of the canine unit and said there must be consequences for those responsible for posting the details on social media.

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“They’re laughing at this individual,” Engel said. “It has no place in policing. It has no place in police culture.

“Whoever is responsible for this should be fired.”

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In a statement, the Edmonton Police Service reiterated that the position has been removed and went on to say:

“The message was inappropriate and does not reflect the empathetic approach our service strives to achieve on a daily basis within our community.”

An EPS spokesperson told Global News the situation is being reviewed.

“It requires responsibility,” Engel said.

“It requires the disciplinary process, the formal disciplinary process, to be engaged and requires transparency.”

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