[Hpn] Cop pleads guilty in police dog attack on sleeping homeless man FWD

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Thu, 09 Nov 2000 08:38:13 -0800 (PST)


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FWD  Associated Press - AP Wire Service - Nov 06, 2000

OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY IN POLICE DOG ATTACK

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) _ A police officer pleaded guilty Monday to
taking part in a police dog attack on a homeless man found sleeping
on a roof.

Sgt. Dennis Bonn of the Takoma Park police department pleaded
guilty to being an accessory after the fact to a federal criminal
civil rights violation. He could be sentenced to up to five years
in prison and a $125,000 fine for the September 1995 attack.

Bonn told the court that that he found two men on the roof of a
building and, after consulting with Brian Rich, then a detective on
the Takoma Park force, the two agreed to call the Prince George's
County K-9 unit.

Bonn said Officer Stephanie C. Mohr and Sgt. Anthony J. Delozier
arrived with a dog and the two homeless men, who had been asleep on
the roof, surrendered and posed no threat.

Delozier then asked whether the dog could ``take a bite.'' Bonn
agreed and Mohr allegedly released the dog, which bit and injured
one of the men, Bonn said.

Delozier and Mohr were suspended without pay, according to
police officials. Rich has since joined the FBI, where he is on
administrative leave with pay.

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