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Minnesota Deputy Pleads Guilty to Beating K-9 Partner

January 14, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Minnesota Deputy Pleads Guilty to Beating K-9 Partner

A Ramsey County, MN, Sheriff's deputy caught on camera repeatedly hitting his K9 partner Boone pleaded guilty Tuesday to animal cruelty.

In June, Deputy Brett Berry was charged with animal cruelty and assaulting a public safety dog. With his guilty plea, the assault charge will be dropped. He will continue to work as a deputy with the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office but will be reassigned. His new role did include a pay cut.

Berry faces up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000, KARE TV reports.

Berry, 48 was placed on administrative leave after the incident, which occurred on June 15 at Black Bear Casino and Resort, where he was staying with other sheriff's deputies for K9 certification trials.

In court on Tuesday, Berry admitted he was "blackout drunk" when he hit his K9 that night.

Comments (7)

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Percy @ 1/14/2016 3:13 PM

"Berry faces up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000, KARE TV reports."

Oh please the assault charge was dropped, he won't spend a second in jail and won't be fined a penny.

But not the funniest thing I have red today this was, Las Vegas shooting

""Keith was not listening to the commands to not approach but there was a lot going on, including ONE OFFICER TELLING HIM TO DROP A WEAPON HE DIDN'T HAVE," the lawyer said about the video. "From what I saw, Keith appeared to be surrendering and did not appear to be a threat."

An internal investigation is underway and a decision on whether the shooting was justified will be made by the Clark County district attorney's office, a process that usually takes about a year.

Not sure which of those 2 paragraphs is funnier, I'm going to go with the part about the internal investigation those are always hilarious.

This will never end until unions and/or police are forced to insure themselves

Or until internal investigations are outlawed

Deputy JJG @ 1/15/2016 4:30 AM

This deputy should have been treated the same as any other offender would have been. I cannot believe this idiot still has a job. Come on now!!!

Jenanne Johnson @ 1/15/2016 7:05 AM

I agree strongly with Deputy JJG! If it was his human partner the punishment would have been more harsh. When someone attacks a K-9 they get a whole lot more punishment! That dog should not have been beaten like that, and the officer admittedly was "blackout drunk!" If he was at a work related K-9 Certification trials event, WHY WAS HE GETTING BLACKOUT DRUNK? Totally ridiculous. I note you didn't say Admin Lv with NO PAY!! So he's no longer to work with K-9's, he's lucky to still have a job! So convicted of animal cruelty, but assault charges dropped - is that how he gets to keep his job? I thought police dogs were considered just like police officers if you attack them.

Leonard @ 1/15/2016 8:17 AM

@Deputy and @Jenanne: Are your really surprised? I'm not.

Clay @ 1/15/2016 8:43 PM

Who would want to work with a man who gets "blackout" drunk? This cop got special treatment.

Cash @ 1/17/2016 8:45 PM

He wouldn't still be employed if he worked for my department. How about mandatory rehab? Mandatory anger management? Hope he doesn't get drunk before work.

Rick @ 2/18/2016 6:46 AM

Funny how the boys in blue are treated differently when things like this happen. I for one do not trust any police anymore, I believe it's time to take a long hard look at your ranks and start getting rid of the bad seeds. Hope you're proud Berry

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