RALEIGH, N.C. — A hearing into the firing of a state trooper accused of mistreating his police dog opened Monday morning with a video of the officer kicking the dog as it was suspended from the railing of a loading dock.
The 15-second video, taken by another trooper using his cell phone, shows Sgt. Charles L. Jones kick the dog, Ricoh, five times. The dog was tied to the railing by its leash at the time, with its front paws in the air and its rear paws touching the ground. With each kick, the dog swung about two or three feet under the dock.
Altogether, Trooper Raymond Herndon testified, Jones kicked the dog up to eight times. The dog, a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois, was not seriously injured.
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