Los Angeles: On November 4, 2021 Los Angeles Police Department officers were handling a call for service involving a “vicious animal” when they encountered a white pit bull. During the incident, one officer fired a Less Lethal Bean Bag round, striking the dog on the head.
At approximately 2:30 p.m., Topanga Division officers responded to a radio call of a ‘vicious dog’ near the 6700 Block of Limerick Avenue in the Winnetka neighborhood. The officers met with the reporting party, who informed the officers of a dog that aggressively chased down people walking in the area. After being directed to a possible location where the dog ran into, the officers approached a home near the 6700 block of Lurline Avenue.
As they approached the driveway, in an effort to make contact with the occupants, the dog aggressively charged at the officers while barking. To protect themselves from the approaching dog, one officer fired a Less Lethal Bean Bag round, striking the dog on its head. The dog retreated and officers were able to make contact with the resident who was able to properly secure the dog. The dog suffered injuries to its head and Animal Regulations was contacted and informed of the incident.
The Department learned of news media reports where the resident called into question the officers’ conduct during this call for service and alleged the Bean Bag discharge was not appropriate. An internal investigation has been initiated into this matter and the Department is reviewing all aspects of this incident, including a thorough review of the available Body Worn Video. As we investigate this occurrence, the Chief of Police wishes to share a Body Worn Video clip as a means to promote trust and transparency into this incident and inform the public.
The Los Angeles Police Department is committed to serving all our communities while recognizing that our officers are faced with volatile situations where officers must take action to protect themselves or others. We strive to continuously improve, in addition to treating all community members with dignity and respect.