A Texas police department says it is currently investigating one of its own after surveillance video posted to Facebook this week shows one of its officers kicking his own K-9 after an arrest.

The Amarillo Police Department issued a statement to the public saying they are investigating Amarillo Police Department K-9 handler Corporal Cody Lavery on two fronts after he was seen kicking his K-9 “Koss.”

The department stated they have removed the dog from Lavery’s home and care and currently have him Kenneled with the department’s K-9 supervisor while the investigations are pending.

So far, Corporal Lavery has received no discipline.

The incident occurred on December 30 just after midnight before a member of the public took the initiative to post the video to social media.

Corporal Lavery can be seen in the video releasing “Koss” on a suspect who stole a vehicle after its owner left it running.

While other officers are busy handcuffing the car thief suspect, video shows Corporal Lavery kicking his police K-9 as he walks to his patrol car.

An Amarillo police spokesperson stated an ongoing Internal Affairs investigation would determine if Lavery violated department policy or procedure.

Corporal Lavery’s chain of command may determine disciplinary actions if the investigation finds he committed policy violations when he abused his own police dog.

A Criminal Investigation Division detective will also review the video to decide if the case will be referred to prosecutors for interfering with a police service animal.

Under Texas Penal Code 38.151, a person commits a Class C misdemeanor offense if the person recklessly, taunts, torments, or strikes a police service animal.

A department spokesperson stated “Koss” is scheduled to be seen by a veterinarian to check for injuries.

Corporal Lavery will continue reporting to duty without a K-9 parter as the department continues to investigate.

Corporal Lavery and Koss have previously been in several news stories.

In 2017, Koss returned to work after being shot while searching in a crawl space for Billy Joe Elmore, who was wanted for his involvement in a murder-for-hire plot.

In 2018, the Amarillo Police Department gifted “bravery” awards to Corporal Lavery and Koss for their efforts apprehending Elmore.

Together, Corporal Lavery and Koss have seized over $7 million in illegal drugs over the past four years, according to the department.

By Ben Keller

Ben has been an independent journalist since 2013 covering issues from police abuse, civil rights, as was as state, local and federal political corruption. Before becoming a journalist, Ben spent his young adult life in sales before attending the University of Texas where he studied literature and philosophy and participated in on-campus activities, which inspired his career as a journalist. You can email Ben @ benkkeller@yahoo.com

2 thoughts on “No Discipline for Texas Cop Caught on Camera Kicking his own K9”
  1. Wht would they discipline him for that they gave a award for murdering my brother Billy joe elmore this should show the police dept need anger management classes and human interaction skills bad what’s next kicking and shooting elderly woman and children to boost their cowardly ego they are a disgrace to decent police officers who care and protect and serve as.it says on most police cars seems most forgot.what that means to serve and protect public who pay there wages sad what’s become of our officers no wonder crime is the way it is look at Amarillo police dept you’ll have better understanding of why it is sad sad

  2. That’s b******* that’s animal abuse no matter what that f****** cops be arrested thrown in jail just like anyone else

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