Police Dogs Attack HBCU Student for Not Assisting Officers

A Norfolk State University student suffers open wounds

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Norfolk police reportedly allowed police dogs to attack London Colvin, an Army Reservist and Junior at Norfolk State University, after Colvin refused to answer questions about a fight in which she was not involved. The fight broke out off-campus around 2:15 a.m. on Sunday morning. Colvin’s cousin, Whitney Dunn, said, “‘She was at a party off campus. She said that a fight broke out, and she had nothing to do with the fight. She did say she was at the party, and her and her friends were leaving,” as reported by Potomac Local.

Dunn said that her cousin admitted to being loud as she was leaving the party with friends, and when a police officer approached her about the fight she refused to talk to him. Two other police officers then approached Ms. Colvin, and when she still refused to answer questions, the officers held her on the ground and let the dogs attack her.

Eyewitnesses claim that the police sat on Colvin “while the dogs brutally bit and attacked her,” according to HBCUbuzz.com. The student, a private with the 3rd Brigade, 318th Regiment and 78th Training Division, based at Fort Belvoir, has not released a statement pertaining to the incident and is seeking legal counsel.

Kayla Cook, a NSU junior studying Tourism and Hospitality, told HBCUbuzz.com, “‘We want the word out about this. The police told her that she took the dogs better than other people have before. We don’t know how many people the officers have [been] attacked before [this incident].'”

According to Daniel Hudson, a Norfolk police spokesman, having police canines at scenes with massive crowds is standard protocol. “‘We responded to a massive fight that happened in the street. Apparently there was a call for about 35 individuals who were partaking in a physical fight in the middle of the street,'” Hudson stated. He explained that the canine was permitted to attack Colvin in an attempt to control the crowd and protect other witnesses.

“‘There was an officer that was attempting to place the woman in custody for disorderly conduct. When [the officer] tried to place her in custody, she became combative against the officer. Another officer attempted to restrain her, but again, there were multiple people around, so the canine officer deployed the dog to restrain the woman so nobody would get hurt,'” said Hudson.

Colvin was taken to the hospital, where she received 40 stitches to close several wounds. Her cousin told reporters that one of the leg wounds can’t be closed and will need plastic surgery. Dunn spoke on behalf of her Colvin’s family, saying, “‘How I felt about the situation was, and how I think my whole family feels about the situation is — we can understand her getting arrested, because she was being disorderly or anything like that — however she didn’t have a weapon. She can’t put her hands up, or remove her hands from anywhere, or do anything because she’s being restrained by two police officers. So to allow the dog [to attack] is the only thing that we have a problem with.'”

There have been no further details revealed regarding the incident.

  • Let fly the bankrupting lawsuit.

    • MrmdP

      There will be no bankruptcy. Haven’t you figured it out yet? They are above the law. They throw a cop here and there under the bus for their criminal behavior, so that no one can say that they don’t, but the judges will side with the police and they will hold out for a settlement out of court, because their won’t be a trial. It’s a travesty.

  • Fataah Ewe’

    My god.

  • Priscilla Fleming

    How many more have to die, be beaten and attacked before these gang members with a badge are held accountable? We’ve marched and raised our voice only to be ignored , mocked and called thugs. What do we do after we weep pleading for change and screaming about the racists that can kill at will, what do we do before something is done? What’s next?

    • ARabbitsHome

      Hmm… Twenty-eight likes yet none of us have an answer.

      • ARabbitsHome

        At least nothing we can share on Facebook…

    • Kerry Cooper

      Start striking back!! When they come in your neighborhood everybody should come out in a show of intimidation!! Its time to start punishing these brutes ourselves!!

  • Cara Dailey

    The police didn’t “allow” the dogs to attack her—they are trained to follow commands. The article should be corrected. The onus is squarely upon the police in this attack.

    • Lynn Scott

      it clearly states the cop sat on her and allowed the dog to attack….if he was already sitting on her, which in itself is wrong, then why let the dog attack….poor girl and poor dog…cop should go to jail

      • Miles High

        The dogs are trained to obey commands. They didn’t “allow” the dogs to attack her – they ORDERED the dogs to attack. They won’t attack otherwise.

        • Lynn Scott

          i know….i should have written ordered instead of allowed

      • Cara Dailey

        “the canine officer deployed the dog”

        I was just saying that “allowed the dogs to attack” sounds like police dogs are wandering around attacking people like monsters… The monsters are the police in this case, who ordered the dog to attack the woman who was already being “restrained” by two grown men sitting on her, according to the eyewitnesses in the article.

        Words matter. A canine officer doesn’t “allow” the dogs to do anything, he or she commands the dog to do what it has been trained to do. By writing the sentence as if the dogs are responsible, it contributes to the systematic process of removing all responsibility from the police, even when they are clearly in the wrong.

        I would hope people can see these little pervasive acts of language which contribute to the problems we are fighting against.

        • Lynn Scott

          geez, i said i know i used the wrong the word. i certainly meant ordered/commanded when i wrote allowed…

      • yahoodie

        Cop should be sat on while a Pitbull does whatever he wants to to the creep, Then after 20 minutes beat the Pitbull with the officers belt & let the dog eat the beater victim. Screw the cops, they are ALL out of hand now & someone needs to curb their free reign of terror & murdering before all cops are afraid to wear a badge for fear of their USELESS lives anywhere at all.. They brought all this hate on all by themselves..

        • Lynn Scott

          why would you beat the pitbull (why does it have to be a pitbull?)? that’s as bad as the cop ordering the dog to bite the victim…

      • Janala

        police are indestructible to fight and bring them to justice they legal to do what they wall just like what they did to kelly thomas james boyd michael brown and eric garner police with powers become legal murders….we no longer have safety in our country

        • Lynn Scott


    • Richard Verdejo

      Umm…once the attack command is given, only the handler can stop it…by giving the command to STOP. Seems the handler was having his bit of fun and ego stroke at someone else’s expense…and is an example of shameful conduct by a supposed “professional”.

  • Philldafunk

    I don’t know how to feel about this. I am reluctant to believe that the police let dogs attack her for simply refusing to answer questions. There has to be more to this.

    • Fernando Billy Gates

      The police spokesman already gave his statement. The dog was used against her to “restrain her” so that “nobody would get hurt”, because she was being “combative” with the officer. This is the spokesperson’s own words. If she was being violent towards anyone, they would have mentioned “assault” ESPECIALLY if it was towards the policemen. So now I leave you to make your own conclusion.

      • Guest

        I am sorry where does it say she is combative with any officer?

        • Cara Dailey

          The sixth paragraph, a quote.

        • Fernando Billy Gates

          “‘There was an officer that was attempting to place the woman in custody for disorderly conduct. When [the officer] tried to place her in custody, she became COMBATIVE against the officer. Another officer attempted to restrain her, but again, there were multiple people around, so the canine officer deployed the dog to restrain the woman so nobody would get hurt,’” said Hudson.

        • tomthebomb024

          in the article above….

        • tomthebomb024

          in the article above….

    • Keone Rivers

      that reluctance to accept reality as it is is getting people killed, stop fighting it and wake up

  • Christ Lord Jesus

    Can’t wait for the day an officer is shot dead in front of me so I can piss on his face then YouTube it for his wife, kids, friends, etc. Lord give me a sign! Not a threat. Hopefully one day déjà vu.

    • Constance Carter

      Really, “Christ Lord Jesus”? This is something you wish for? And, apparently, “in Jesus’ name,” as the expression goes.

  • Mai Nilwon

    Attack dogs with attack dogs…no win situation there…Woe are we…

  • Rome

    But watch no charges be filed because we all know the system always agrees with the cops. I thought the dogs were for chasing down suspects/criminals?

  • HeadSurgeon

    NOT ACCEPTABLE. If she is being restrained, there is no reason for a dog to attack her.

  • Fernando Billy Gates

    I hope a chimpanzee rips the involved officers faces off and fucks em in the eyehole

  • Sean Jones

    “There was an officer that was attempting to place the woman in custody for disorderly conduct.” No, they were arresting her for refusing to talk to the police, which Im pretty sure isnt against the law.

    • Daniel Huf

      actually, sir, when a police officer gives you an order, it IS a against the law to disobey it. (the world is full of shit house lawyers)

      • tomthebomb024

        Actually, sir, in the USA we all have a right to remain silent whether being detained, arrested, questioned, or any other form of interaction with police.

      • Clearlight

        Speaking of ignorant shit house lawyers, could you please quote us the statute that you’re referring to?

      • Randell Cinnamon

        Actually, Daniel. The police serve US. We do NOT serve them. We pay their salary with our taxes. Therefore, when a cop issues an order, we are NOT bound to obey. That is not breaking the law. I suggest you do your research before making yourself look foolish again. It will really save you in a debate.

      • Rhea

        Police aren’t legislators. They do not SPEAK law; they enforce it.

  • Fathergod

    Until the facts come out, don’t believe everything you hear or read by anyone

    • Fernando Billy Gates

      This guy is right

  • Lizardbrain23

    “…so the canine officer deployed the dog to restrain the woman so nobody would get hurt”.

    How, exactly, are multiple bite wounds “nobody getting hurt”? I was just bit by a Labrador at my work this past Sunday, and I was lucky he didn’t break any of the bonds in my hand or damage any of the tendons. Eighteen stitches later and I’m facing physical therapy on top of reduced work. It’s not “nothing”. It’s a painful and lasting wound. I’m not sure when I’m going to get feeling back in my pinkie finger, or my thumb for that matter, since the nerves are so screwed up. I was lucky the teeth didn’t damage muscle, but they were within millimeters of doing exactly that. I took pictures. It’s seriously one of the worst wounds I’ve ever had.

    Sorry, no. I admire police dogs, and they’re only following commands, but the officer should have used better judgement. Massive crowd or no, using a dog to attack a person as a form of crowd-control is horse-pucky.

  • Daniel Huf

    This use of police dogs on a female that poses no physical threat to the officers is definitely a case of police brutality. I would not say it was a racist thing. she still resisted arrest and refused to obey a direct order, and that is a “crime”. She knows what that means because she is a fully trained military person. If she pulled that in the military she would receive an article 15 no less. And she knows that. Additionally, cops that use dogs and tasers are weak to begin with, and should be removed from the force, not retrained and sent back out there. Let’s put the racist card back in it’s sheath, shall we? Accept the fact that when a police officer gives you an order, you HAVE TO follow it. Wait for your day in court, don’t make it worse by resisting. When you cut to the chase, if she had obeyed the officer and not thrown up the attitude, she would simply have been questioned and released but she chose to go down the path that she did. I think black officers should respond to these calls where “black” people are the “perps” and I am sure it will cut through a lot of the racist bullshit. Or maybe send in their parents to spank them on the spot. How’s that? In example, they call women officers to transport and search female suspects to avoid false charges of rape or molestation, and I believe they should use the same logic for black suspects. No need to send white cops only for white suspects because I have never heard charges of racism when a white person gets charged or beaten. They just takes their licks and goes to jail.

    • Fernando Billy Gates

      Then why is there no resisting arrest charge?

    • yahoodie

      Hahaha I guess the statement below shows you just how stupid you are Daniel HUT the self serving jerkoff faggot cop LOVER!!

    • pinki

      You’re a COP!!! Get out of here!!!!

    • Randell Cinnamon

      Keep on failing, little boy. We do NOT have to follow anything a cop says. If you have read up on your Inalienable Rights, you would know this. If what happened to that woman happened to you, we will instantly mock you, for you brought it upon yourself. And as for your comment about the Military, you obviously know nothing about that protocol either.

      Stay ignorant, little boy. It is obviously the only thing you will ever know.

  • Guest

    Again we have a case where a black person refuses to obey the commands of the police and gets their butt handed to them. All this thug had to do was answer the questions of the police and be civil about it and this WOULD HAVE been avoided.

    • Daniel Huf

      Exactly, HOWEVER she posed no physical threat to the police officers so deploying a dog even just one, is brutality. Had she complied with the ORDER to stop, this would not have happened so yes, she brought it on herself.

      • yahoodie

        You are so full of shit your eyes are BROWN you stupid ignorant BOZO. She had a right to not say anything to the damn cops.. Go read your Miranda rights ACE!! It is better to not say anything at all than to open your mouth & show the world how ignorant you really can be Daniel Hut!

      • Randell Cinnamon

        Little boy. You truly enjoy failing. Ignorance is not bliss. I hope you get attacked by a guard dog for no reason at all. See how you like it.

      • Randell Cinnamon

        Little boy. You truly enjoy failing. Ignorance is not bliss. I hope you get attacked by a guard dog for no reason at all. See how you like it.

      • Rhea

        No, the police officers chose to deploy the dog. If you admit it’s brutality (excessive force), the discussion is over. They are at fault here. You’ve conceded. She cannot be held responsible for their overreach, even by being defiant.

    • ARabbitsHome

      Actually, since she wasn’t required to answer the police’s questions, considering that she wasn’t involved, you just think she needed to follow their “commands?” She didn’t owe them anything. I hope she sues the shit out of that city. We, the people, are still the government and you want to just throw that away and have a police state? How very unAmerican of you! She didn’t owe them a damned thing.

      These guys DID follow the police’s “commands” and it just wasn’t enough…


      • Fathergod

        Actually there was an active investigation and they do have every right to demand questions. If you chose not to answer, you can be arrested.

        • Rhea

          And be walking out within 24 hours. If she’s under arrest, she REALLY doesn’t have to talk.

          • Fathergod

            “There was an officer that was attempting to place the woman in custody for disorderly conduct. When [the officer] tried to place her in custody, she became combative against the officer.”

            The police must of thought she was involved in the fighting so when they approached her it was not a consensual interaction. They came to her to get answers. She chose not to answer the questions and they tried to place her under arrest and she fought them.

            And that’s the point, we don’t know if she was involved or not because all we have read is one side, hers.

          • Rhea

            Well, if the officer placed her in custody for disorderly conduct, he was arresting her already for something else. In order to arrest, he needs probable cause, and unwillingness to answer questions of the police in and of itself is not probable cause to arrest for anything. And, like I said, if he was going to arrest her anyway for disorderly conduct, then she REALLY didn’t have to say anything. Basically if she wasn’t free to leave, she didn’t have to answer anything.

      • Ramon Jones

        And if she WAS involved. She still has a right to remain silent. It appears that the cops approached her after her involvement. The cops said she was combative, but they didn’t say she assaulted them or anyone. Combative is a pretty big word for “she refuse to answer their questions.”

  • Karen Spencer-Mcgee

    Now they are trying to kill our daughters…Dog spelled backwards is GOD and it is not his will to see our first queens killed THE MOTHER OF CREATION?……mauled by his animal—I think NOW!!

  • Leshne Donna

    See this is where I’m gonna get into trouble. Did she NOT, as in “refuse” to answer the officer’s questions, or was she NOT able to tell him what he wanted to hear…..either way, asking this qq puts me into the line of fire for “blaming the victom” which is not my intent.

  • Clive

    “We need to control this crowd by commanding the dog to attack this subdued woman.”

    That’s the definition of terrorism.

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