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District Attorney warns against rushing to judgment on K-9 video

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District Attorney Ben David is warning against rushing to judgment of the video showing a Wilmington police officer lifting a K-9 inside a suspect’s car. District Attorney Ben David is warning against rushing to judgment of the video showing a Wilmington police officer lifting a K-9 inside a suspect’s car.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – As a video involving a Wilmington police officer makes national news, District Attorney Ben David is warning against rushing to judgment.

The video shows officer Stafford Brister lifting a K-9 inside Johnnie Williams' car after the driver allegedly sped through a checkpoint and led officers on a chase.

A local grand jury cleared the officer of criminal charges Tuesday.

David points out that in addition to watching the video, which aired on CNN Tuesday, the grand jury viewed footage from other dash cams and from a police helicopter.

They also heard interviews from investigators and got a detailed explanation of the law from the outside judge who was brought in for the case.

While David didn't have to take the case to a grand jury, he said he always refers cases involving officer use of force.

"We the people are ultimately in charge in this country, under our constitution," he said. "And that's what a jury is. It's we the people. And so, what I would encourage you to do is talk to the community because ultimately it's the community that spoke last night through that verdict."

The case against the officer may not be over. David said federal investigators are looking into the incident. The Wilmington Police Department is also conducting an internal review.

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