A 92-year old man was arrested this morning in St-John, Indiana after he gave a dog biscuit to an animal of the K-9 unit while it was searching a public park for the presence of drugs.
According to the police report, Walter Dryden was sitting on a bench and feeding pigeons in one of the city’s public parks when a canine unit of SJPD arrived to search for drugs that were reportedly hidden on the site.
As the police dogs came near him, the old man stood up and despite multiple shouted warnings, gave a biscuit to one of them.
Mr. Dryden was immediately handcuffed and brutally arrested in front of a dozen witnesses.
Alicia Walters who was in the park with her two children at the time of the arrest described the scene in an interview with a local radio channel.
“I heard the cops yelling angrily and saw them pull out their guns, so I looked around and to find out it was just an old man giving a biscuit to a dog. Immediately, one of the officers ran towards him and tackled him like a football player.”
According to Ms. Walters, Mr. Dryden visits the park every day and is frequently brings some bread crumbs for the pigeons and some biscuits for the dogs.
“I see him hear very often when I come with my children. He’s totally deaf but always smiling. Poor man, I hope he’s okay.”
Mr. Dryden faces a total of six criminal charges including attempting to bribe a police officer, hindering a police officer in the execution of their duties and resisting his arrest.
If found guilty on all charges, he could be sentenced to a fine of up to $500,000 and a maximum of 115 years in prison.
His lawyer, Mr. Frank Wilson, denounced the arrest as “abusive and unnecessarily violent”, saying his client had no criminal intent and offered no resistance.
Mr. Wilson says the elderly man is “almost completely deaf” and simply never heard the policemen’s shouted warnings.
Walter Dryden was freed on a $5,000 bail a few hours later and should be back in court in December for the beginning of his trial.