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Wilmington officer cleared in police dog biting

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WILMINGTON, N.C. -

A Wilmington police officer has been cleared after he was questioned about using excessive force when a police dog bit a suspect.

The StarNews of Wilmington reported that a New Hanover County grand jury this week concluded there was no wrong-doing by Wilmington K-9 Officer Stafford Brister.

District Attorney Ben David said he brought the assault case before the grand jury because the use of force in the Halloween incident could be questioned.

A video of a police chase shows Brister approaching a suspect's car after it had been stopped following a 13-minute chase. The video shows Brister lifting his dog into the open window and the dog bites Johnnie Lamont Williams.

Williams was treated at a Wilmington hospital for wounds to his face and shoulder.

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