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July 6, 2013

Report defends K9 use at St. Peter's Club

But chief also seeks review of sheriff's department tactics


“I stepped towards the man and grabbed his t-shirt and pulled him onto the street,” Gikas wrote. “From the momentum, we both spun and fell.”

By Sunday morning, video footage of the second arrest posted online was stirring anger among many. People noted that, when the plaintiff was on the ground, a barking K9 lunged toward him. The K9’s handler, John Pickles of the Sheriff’s Department, addressed that action in his own report.

“As he was resisting placement of handcuffs, I moved in to allow my muzzled K9 to bark and with intention to bump him with the muzzle,” Pickles wrote.

While Gikas wrote that he experienced no further problems after the second arrest, Pickles arrested one more woman, charging her with disorderly conduct after she tried to rush past he and his K9.

“With the perimeter clearly set, and barking from my K9, one woman attempted to run past my K9,” Gikas wrote. “She was pushed back with the muzzle to her shoulder area. She was ordered again not to enter the area, and she again tried to get past the K9 and myself.”

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at

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