North Carolina officer resigns over K-9 mistreatment video
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina police officer who was captured on video swinging a police dog around on a leash and striking the animal during training has resigned from his post.
Salisbury Police Officer James Hampton stepped down after a weekslong investigation that determined he violated K-9 training practices and department policy.
The agency said in a statement Wednesday that Hampton resigned after his termination was recommended.
A video that emerged online last month appeared to show Hampton placing a leash on the police dog, named Zuul, and lifting the K-9 off the ground by the neck.
The video also showed him striking the dog with his hand.
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