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Chief Lonnie Scott’s statement on the injury of Terrell Bradley during apprehension
July 22, 2022
Press release from Gainesville Police Department
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – There has been heightened community interest in an incident that occurred on the evening of July 10th, which began with a traffic stop and ended with an injury of Mr. Terrell Bradley during an apprehension.
Let me begin by saying it is never the intent of our officers to injure anyone we encounter.
We understand that this incident has brought up many emotions and our neighbors have questions. We stand by our commitment to be fully transparent and share information as we are able. As indicated in our news release on July 16th, GPD’s policy and procedure require an initial response-to-resistance review when a person sustains injury due to apprehension by a police canine. This includes a review of all available reports, photographs, and body-worn and in-car camera footage. Due to the seriousness of the injuries sustained, I called for a review and thorough debriefing to be concluded within 7 to 10 days. I also advised that further information may be provided upon the conclusion of that review.
Based upon this effort, I have made the decision to temporarily remove the canine involved in this incident from service, as we assess the details of its deployment. Additionally, we will review the current canine deployment policy and solicit input from industry experts and present the policy to our neighbors.
I have also decided to extend the initial review to be completed by the Internal Affairs Division. Due to the volume of information to be reviewed, this process can take up to 90 days to complete. During this time, our agency will conduct an in-depth review of this incident by reviewing all resources available. Because of this factor, our department cannot share additional details of the incident until this review is completed.
Please know our ultimate commitment is to provide our neighbors and officers with an accurate accounting of this incident. Therefore, we ask for your patience as the investigation and related processes occur.
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