Said Sacremento Mayor Alfonzo Spritzler, "I've heard enough racial slurs around the police dog pound to be convinced that most German Shepards and Rottweilers are rabid with systematic racism. That's why we are immediately converting our force to be 100%,
California Democrats want to ban police dogs from biting suspects
By Allie Griffin, NY Post
February 14, 2023
Two state lawmakers introduced a bill Monday that would ban law enforcement agencies from using police dogs in situations where the animals could bite someone — saying the practice is “deeply racialized.”
“The use of police canines has inflicted brutal violence and lifelong trauma on black Americans and communities of color,” the bill’s co-author, Assemblymember Corey Jackson, said in a statement. “This bill marks a turning point in the fight to end this cruel and inhumane practice and build trust between the police and the communities they serve.”
The legislation, co-authored by Assemblymember Ash Kalra, would prohibit the use of K-9s during arrests, apprehensions and crowd-control activities.
Police would still be able to use the animals for search and rescue and explosive and narcotics detection under the Democrats’ bill.
“We’re trying to make sure people are not harmed and seriously injured by using K-9s,” Jackson said during a press conference announcing the bill.
Police dogs seriously injured 186 people in California in 2020 and 2021, he added.
“Many of these bites can cause lifelong injuries — so let’s make this clear: lifelong injuries before you’re proven guilty.”