A dashcam video (below) recently surfaced of a police officer allowing a K9 service dog to maul a man who was pulled over for failing to have a light on his bicycle in Punta Gorda, Florida, on Oct. 30, 2015.
According to Photography is Not a Crime, Officer Lee Coel demanded that Richard Schumacher assume a specific position on the ground while Schumacher was being mauled by the dog.
Coel repeatedly told the shirtless Schumacher to stop resisting while he (Schumacher) yelled in agony from the dog attack.
Schumacher was reportedly hospitalized for 11 days following the incident and required surgery. He spent about three months in a local jail.
Scott Weinberg, a Florida lawyer who obtained the video, is preparing a lawsuit against the Punta Gorda Police Department, on Schumacher's behalf.
"They are a very good police department, but this cop is not good," Weinberg told Photography is Not a Crime.
"He acts like he’s invading Fallujah every time he does a traffic stop," Weinberg added. "He has a notorious reputation."
In the video, Coel tells Schumacher to pull his bike over, but Schumacher keeps going. Coel orders Schumacher to pull over again a few blocks later.
Schumacher stops and stands in front of the police car. Coel demands that Schumacher get on his knees. Schumacher keeps standing but eventually drops to one or both knees.
Coel orders Schumacher get down on his face and chest, but Schumacher stays on his knee(s). Coel then turns the dog loose on Schumacher.
Schumacher was charged by Coel for fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest without violence, and DUI.
Schumacher pleaded guilty to the last two charges after the first charge was dismissed. However, the plea deal happened before the dashcam video was released.
The Free Thought Project notes that Schumacher appeared to be in a "diminished mental state" (possibly from being intoxicated), which may explain why he didn't comply with Coel immediately.
The Free Thought Project reportedly reached out to the Punta Gorda Police Department for a comment but has not yet received a response.