APD says officer kicks K9; Internal Affairs investigation underway

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Amarillo Police have released more information regarding a video posted to social media showing what police say is an officer kicking a K9.

It happened on Dec. 30 around 12:30 a.m.

According to police, the officer deployed his K9 to assist officers in apprehending a suspect who they say stole a vehicle that a driver left running.

Police said as other officers handcuffed the suspect, the officer kicks the K9 one time as he returns the dog to the police vehicle.

Amarillo Police told MyHighPlains.com they are investigating the incident on two fronts.

They said in a statement:

There is an Internal Affairs investigation to determine if the officer violated any department policies or procedures. The officer’s chain of command will determine disciplinary actions if there are sustained allegations of policy violations. Under Texas Penal Code Section 38.151, a person commits an offense if the person recklessly, taunts, torments, or strikes a police service animal. This offense is a Class C misdemeanor. A Criminal Investigation Division detective will review this incident and determine if we will refer a case to the Municipal Court for prosecution.

APD said K9s live with their handlers and their families. The department said they have removed the K9 from the officer’s home and have kenneled him with the K9 Unit supervisor while the investigations are ongoing.

Police told us the dog does not appear to have sustained any injuries from the incident, but he is scheduled to be checked by a veterinarian to be sure.

We are told the officer is continuing to report for duty but without a K9 partner while the above investigations are ongoing.

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