Bystander video shows Missouri police officers let their dog repeatedly bite a Black man during an arrest

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Footage shows officers placing a dog on Black men during an arrest. Watch as he wept in pain.

Police confirmed that the dog bit him and claimed he had resist arrest and threatened officers.

According to the St. Louis County prosecutor, the incident is being investigated.

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Woodson Terrace police officers set a dog on a Black man to arrest him. The dog then spit out his pain and he began crying.

A bystander captured the video of the officers arresting the man and placing him on the car's hood. Another officer is standing nearby with his dog.

The officer lets the dog get to the man and the dog bites him.

The officers push the man to the ground and the dog pulls at his leg. The officers then pull back the dog, before releasing it again. Finally, the dog is released from the man.

You can see the footage here. It may be disturbing to some readers.

The City of Woodson Terrace Police Department stated Monday that the dog had repeatedly bit the man. He was not identified. According to the department, the man was "under the influence of a narcotic," and refused to be arrested. Officers were threatened.

The video doesn't appear to show the man resisting arrest.

The incident is being investigated by county officials.

According to the Associated Press, Wesley Bell, the St. Louis County Prosecuting attorney stated in a statement that he was aware of the video and would conduct a thorough investigation.

According to the Woodson Terrace police, the man had threatened to kill officers as they approached him.

The officers said that the man fled from them and was probably under the influence of drugs. The police stated that he refused to be arrested.

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"The subject was warned repeatedly that he would not comply with the K9's orders and that if he didn't, the K9 could be released." "The subject refused to comply and caused minor injuries to one officer so the K9 was released. The K9 then took control of the suspect's feet," the statement stated.

According to police, the suspect fell on the ground and the dog was taken from him.

According to them, officers tried to handcuff him but he "continued resisting and officers were unable restrain the subject" due to his drug dependence.

The officers said that the suspect tried to run away so they released the dog and the dog bit him. According to the statement, the officers were able handcuff the suspect and "pulled off" the dog.

According to police, the man refused to receive medical attention on the spot but was later taken to hospital as he complained about his injuries. According to the police statement, the man was released later "pending application of warrants".

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