A North Carolina cop caught on video abusing his K-9 companion – slamming the police canine into an SUV – has resigned, division officers mentioned.
The resignation of Salisbury Police Officer James Hampton got here weeks after disturbing footage was despatched anonymously to an area information station exhibiting him lifting up the leashed K-9, Zuul, round his shoulder and slamming the animal into the facet of the automobile.
The surprising incident led to an investigation by a third-party company for the “inappropriate self-discipline” doled out to the K-9 throughout a coaching session, Salisbury police mentioned Wednesday.
“The police division’s evaluation decided that Officer Hampton had acted in a way solely inconsistent along with his K-9 coaching and had violated police division coverage,” police mentioned in a press release. “In consequence, he was really helpful for termination.”
Hampton then resigned, efficient instantly, following a due course of listening to and previous to any formal disciplinary motion, division officers mentioned.
“The police division didn’t incentivize or in any other case request Officer Hampton’s resignation, which he tendered as a matter of proper,” the assertion continued.
Police famous the speedy requires Hampton’s firing, however mentioned he was afforded due course of identical to every other metropolis worker.
A Salisbury metropolis spokesperson instructed NBC Information Hampton had joined the division in 2013 and have become a K-9 officer two years later.
Hampton couldn’t be reached for remark Wednesday, NBC Information reported.
Officers from Folks for the Moral Remedy of Animals, in the meantime, mentioned Hampton’s resignation was a “step in the fitting course,” however referred to as for the previous officer to be criminally charged.
“We need to know when cruelty costs will lastly be filed and what the Salisbury Police Division is doing to implement fashionable, humane coaching strategies in order that no different Okay-9s undergo as Zuul did,” PETA’s senior vice chairman, Daphna Nachminovitch, mentioned in a press release. “PETA appears ahead to progress and transparency.”