Assault on a police officer is against the law for common citizens, but what if the assault is by another officer?
Caught on video
A Peoria Arizona woman was videotaping police activity across the street from her home when she saw an officer strike another cop with an object in his hand and then again with his foot. The offender in blue was visibly displeased with what the other one was doing and proceeded to commit assault on a police officer. Why he thought this was acceptable behavior is likely due to the fact that the other cop was a dog.
Four legged police force
K-9s go through vigorous training to prepare them in assisting their human partners in tracking drugs or bombs and catching criminals who decide to flee. Additionally, if a police dog dies in the line of duty they receive similar honors as a regular officer. While they aren’t specifically considered a police officer, the laws protecting them are virtually the same.
Assault on a police officer or a police service animal
Attack on a k-9 brings nearly identical charges as those occurred from assault on a police officer. According to Utah code 76-5-1-2.3 and 76-9-3-6:
• It is a class A misdemeanor to assault a peace officer and also to assault a police service animal.
• It is a 3rd degree felony if “the person causes substantial bodily injury” to an officer or to a service animal.
Will the two legged officer face charges?
When assault on a police officer happens at the hands of a fellow cop, the offender is commonly put on suspension during the investigation. The Peoria Arizona officer, although under investigation for his assault on a police officer (dog), is still on the job…alongside his four legged companion. No charges have been made at this time.