WILMINGTON — A Wilmington police officer has been cleared after he was questioned about using excessive force when a police dog bit a suspect.
The StarNews of Wilmington reported that a New Hanover County grand jury this week concluded there was no wrong-doing by Wilmington K-9 Officer Stafford Brister.
District Attorney Ben David said he brought the assault case before the grand jury because the use of force in the Halloween incident could be questioned.
A video of a police chase shows Brister approaching a suspect's car after it had been stopped following a 13-minute chase. The video shows Brister lifting his dog into the open window and the dog bites Johnnie Lamont Williams.
Williams was treated at a Wilmington hospital for wounds to his face and shoulder.