Family has questions after surveillance video shows police dog biting boy

Posted at 6:14 PM, Mar 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-12 18:14:16-04

Virginia Beach, Va. -The family of a boy attacked by a police dog says they still have questions after surveillance video of the incident surfaced.

NewsChannel 3 spoke to 11-year-old Camaran Perkins' grandfather on Thursday who says the family wants to know if there will be changes in protocol after the incident. They also have questions about the version of events the chief of police told reporters that seems to be at odds with the video.

The police dog bit the boy on Monday as officers searched a motel looking for a man wanted for robbing a bank. Both parties agree it was an accident.

On Wednesday afternoon before seeing the surveillance video, Police Chief Jim Cervera spoke with reporters about what happened.

"When that young boy came running around the corner, he basically ran right into the dog," he said. "The dog reacted." The video though appears to show the dog lunging at the boy.

In the video, it also appears the handler had trouble getting the dog back under control.

"I am very comfortable that the canine officer had total control of the dog," Chief Cervera said Wednesday.

NewsChannel 3 reached out to Chief Cervera to get his thoughts on the surveillance video, but didn't hear back. The chief said the city would pick up medical bills, and the family says they have been in touch in that regard.