COEUR D’ALENE-- The Coeur d'Alene Tribal Police retired their K-9 after it bit a man in the face during an arrest in September.
According to police the weekend of September 30th, 18-year-old David Crow Junior was running from the law.
Crow's mom, Anna Peone did not watch her son get arrested last Saturday night but she saw the cuts on his face in the hospital, and he told her what happened. "The dog was dragging him and he could feel his face ripping," she said.
Peone agreed her son deserved to be arrested, but she doesn't think the police needed a dog to do it. "Apparently he was in the water from the neck down, so he wasn't gonna run anywhere else, so I don't think that the dog needed to get him," explained Peone.
After a picture of Crow's facial injuries circulated through the Plummer community, the Tribal Council voted to pull the police dog off the force.
A tribal spokesman said the tribe also initiated an independent investigation to study whether officers followed proper protocol. He said the tribe and the police department take the allegations very seriously.
As of Friday the officers who arrested crow were still working for the department.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs began their investigation. The tribe said it could be weeks before they complete it.