An unidentified fifth grade boy was recently attacked by a police dog during a fake drug raid in the Clay County Courthouse in Brazil, Ind.
“It was an unfortunate accident,” Brazil Police Chief Clint McQueen told the Brazil Times. “Wish it hadn’t happened like that, but it did. We are trying to evaluate [the incident] to make sure nothing like this happens again.”
Clay County Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers ordered a police officer and his police dog “Max” to carry out a simulated search for drugs to educate the children on drug awareness, reports The Indy Channel (video below).
However, it’s not clear if the parents of the children ever consented to the mock drug raid.
The police officer planted some illegal drugs on one child and told all of the children to stay still while Max sniffed out the drugs.
“Max began searching the juveniles,” added Chief McQueen. “The first male juvenile began moving his legs around as Max searched him. When the male began moving his legs, [this is what] I believe prompted Max’s action to bite the male juvenile on the left calf.”
The student was taken to St. Vincent Clay hospital and treated for minor injuries. Max has been taken out of service to undergo testing.