Mountain View Police Incident Involving a Palo Alto Police Canine Team

Published on April 16, 2021

The City is releasing a video record related to an incident involving Mountain View Police and a Palo Alto Police canine team that occurred in June 2020. The City is releasing the video record to provide additional information to the public about what occurred.

Incident Details & Body Cam Video

In the early morning hours of June 25, 2020, personnel from the Palo Alto Police Department (including a canine team) responded to Mountain View to assist Mountain View Police Department officers in locating a felony domestic violence / kidnapping suspect who Mountain View Police believed had fled into a residential neighborhood.  After obtaining consent from an occupant of a home to search their yard for the suspect, officers entered the side yard and immediately encountered a person on the ground inside an open storage shed. Believing the person to be the hiding felony suspect, officers used the police canine to assist in detaining the person. Further investigation revealed the person was not the suspect and in fact was not connected to the criminal incident that prompted the search. The video, which can be accessed online, is body camera footage of a portion of the search pertaining to the canine unit’s response.

April 5, 2021 Update: Download the expanded video footage

Independent Police Auditor Review

Police supervisors and administrators thoroughly investigated this incident shortly after it occurred. The Independent Police Auditor (IPA) reviews police investigations for objectivity, thoroughness, and appropriateness, and can also make recommendations to the Police Chief such as further investigation needed and/or changes in department processes. At the conclusion of the IPA review, they publish a public report with their findings. The IPA will be reviewing this case as part of its normal scope of work. 

View more information about the Independent Police Auditor and previous reports.

For more details on the Police Department’s accountability measures, go to the Police Accountability page.

Posted: March 16, 2021

Updated: April 5, 2021

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