Officers' Barks Are Worse Than Their Bites


In New Haven, Conn., in March, police trapped two car-theft suspects in a multifamily building, where occupants were hiding from the suspects, necessitating urgency in ending the siege. Officers ordered a K-9 unit but were told it would be delayed. In a tactic departments sometimes use, cops still threatened to release the dogs immediately — to make the threat credible, officers began barking. The suspects quickly gave up, rather than face vicious canines.

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