Gareth Shepherd, President of the Federation of Canine Security Workers (FCSW), has been suspended from his duties pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct. The misconduct is alleged to have occurred during arrests he made at the Ceremonial Return of the Nut on February 20.
At a press conference held this morning, a spokesAnimal for Park Police confirmed that six members of the group that calls itself Les Amis de Hieronymous (The Friends of Hieronymous) have filed a formal complaint against Shepherd, alleging that the police officer bit them repeatedly as he pushed them into a vehicle bound for the police station. The six were arrested by Shepherd at the Return of the Nut and were formally charged later that day at the police station.
The spokesAnimal said Shepherd was suspended from his duties early this morning.
“The Park Police Force has had a policy in place for more than 20 years that explicitly forbids its officers from biting alleged offenders,” said the spokesAnimal. “We want to assure the public that we are taking this complaint very seriously.”
The six LAdeH members who were arrested were released late last night and will appear in court later this week. All six of the group members were charged with resisting arrest, disrupting a public event, and endangering the lives of other Animals. One member was charged with misrepresenting a public figure and four members were charged with assault with intent to harm or maim.
Shepherd, a 17-year veteran of the Park Police Force, has a “clean record,” according to the spokesAnimal. “This is the first complaint that has ever been lodged against him,” he said.
As FCSW President, Shepherd is best known for his role in rallying the Federation’s membership during the strike of 2004.