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Salina Police Respond To Video

KSAL Staff - March 27, 2015 5:59 pm

​Salina Police commented Friday evening on an online video that is critical of a traffic stop conducted last fall, denying any officer misconduct.

KSAL News was made aware of the video Friday afternoon, and provided police with a link to it.

Police issued the following statement Friday evening:

On Friday, March 27, 2015, the Salina Police Department was contacted by several individuals regarding a police video, which was recorded on September 19, 2014. This video was recorded with a body camera by a Salina Police Officer during the course of his duties. The video was apparently obtained through a defense attorney discovery motion and was released to the general public by an unknown person. This video displays an individual being stopped, investigated and subsequently arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

​The individual arrested during this police contact had been a previously registered Drug Offender. On February 9, 2015, the individual pled guilty to and was convicted of one count of Possession of Marijuana in Saline County District Court, as a result of this traffic stop.

​The posting of this video on YouTube was done by an individual associated with a public watch group, who call themselves KCK CopBlock. The person who posted the video has numerous postings of police contacts around the Kansas and Missouri area.

​The Salina Police Department has viewed the version of the video posted on YouTube and have found the video to be clearly edited as it has been cut and manipulated in several places. The video runs in slow motion at times and contains a dramatic soundtrack, apparently to manipulate the viewers beliefs that illegal acts occurred by the officer. We strongly dispute these inferences.

​The editing of the video was apparently made to insinuate unethical or illegal K-9 search practices were committed by our K-9 handler. The Commander of the K-9 Unit and other Police Commanders have reviewed this YouTube video and the unedited video which was captured at the scene by the Salina K-9 Officer. We have found no unethical actions by the K-9 Officer. The K-9 officer followed universally accepted K-9 practices to perform the search on this particular traffic stop.

​Like a multitude of police agencies, the Salina Police K-9 program uses an item known as a “Kong ball” as a reward for the K-9 performing his duties successfully. All Salina Police K-9’s are trained to detect drugs and are “proofed off” of food items, meaning the K-9 will not stop or alert on food; only illegal drugs.

​Apparently, the creator of this video is of the belief that the officer placed food inside a Kong ball and then placed the odor of food onto the side of a car for the K-9 to indicate which resulted in the dog alerting on the vehicle.

​The Salina Police Department emphatically denies these allegations. We take allegations of misconduct very seriously and investigate each thoroughly, even when they are brought to our attention via an edited YouTube video. An investigation into this video posting has shown the K-9 handler followed proper and ethical protocol during this traffic stop resulting in a voluntary plea of guilty from the subject arrested.

​“The creators of this video are simply in error in their belief that the K-9 officer acted inappropriately or unethical during this car stop. The fact that the arrested individual did not make a complaint and pled guilty to this charge certainly confirms my belief.”

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Jeff Huggins

March 27, 2015 at 7:05 pm

wow the police acted quick to try and snuff this out. it has had 3000 hits in the last 3 hours. the jig is about up SPD. Did anyone read the report on ferguson MO? Maybe the justice dept needs to take a look here in good ole river city. the public is now seeing the light.

Jeff Huggins

March 27, 2015 at 7:10 pm

can we get a quick simple explanation of what he was doing with the thing on his finger and why he had to get into the dog compartment before he got the leash and also why the dog was dead within a week. those answers are going to take some time. the denials were immediate.

Patty Herrs

March 27, 2015 at 7:13 pm

If the dog was not trained to ignore food, anyone with an old cheeseburger wrapper would have their car searched for drugs. Jeff Huggins, do you suppose they killed the dog to prevent him from ratting them out?

Chad Madison

March 28, 2015 at 3:33 pm

The object is the toy that officers use to train the animals to detect/seek contraband. It works by endearing the toy to the dog at a young age, essentially making it the dogs favorite ball. Then you put various contraband (i.e. drugs/explosive components) inside the hole the officer placed his finger in. Then you hide it, dog finds it, and then reward this is how they train the dogs to seek for certain smells. If this toy was used in training and had contraband in it at one point the officer would have that sent on his finger and he can point or touch the vehicle being searched and the dog will pick up the scent and “hit” on the vehicle. This is not illegal as far as I know but it gives the police reasonable cause to search any vehicle when a K-9 “hits” on that vehicle.

Iggy P Daily

March 29, 2015 at 12:44 am

OMG we have a police chief????? What’s this the second time maybe he has spoken out on something. Was this the cop that let his dog die from heat stroke? The cops in this town have a chip on their shoulder and try to start something with innocent older people during traffic stops and even if reported nothing is done. I have a senior citizen friend who was stopped over a mile away from where the cop said he was speeding but never turned on his flashing lights until over a mile from where the infraction happened. Then after giving the old guy a ticket he tried to be smart mouth but the guy did not bite. The senior citizen complained but nothing ever was done the other cops just try to ignor things like this.

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