James Hampton Wiki – James Hampton Bio
James Hampton is a Salisbury police officer, who has resigned after a video surfaced earlier in March of a K-9 being slammed inside a vehicle by an officer, ABC affiliate WSOC reported.
The Salisbury Police Department said the K-9 handler acted inappropriately when disciplining the dog.
His age is unclear.
The video, which was apparently shot months earlier, appeared to show Hampton lifting Zuul off the ground by his leash, swinging him around, slamming him against a patrol car, shoving him inside the patrol car, then striking him with his hand.
Voices on the video can be heard on the video. One says, “We’re good; no witnesses.” Then one asks, “Is your camera on?” and the response is “Uh, no, my power’s off.” Then someone says, “I think mine’s on,” followed by “Can you go flip my cameras off? Just the front camera.”
The video at the center of the investigation shows Salisbury police officer James Hampton placing a collar on 4-year-old K-9 Zuul, then lifting it off the ground by its collar. After struggling to get the dog inside the vehicle, the officer then strikes the animal.
After the video surfaced, the Salisbury Police Department went under investigation by the US ISS Agency, according to a news release.
“The Police Department’s review determined that Officer Hampton had acted in a manner entirely inconsistent with his K-9 training and had violated Police Department policy,” the Salisbury Police Department said in a statement.
James Hampton Resigns
Hampton was hired by the Salisbury Police Department on August 5, 2013, was promoted twice and has held the rank of Master Police Officer since November 2019. Hampton has resigned from the Salisbury Police Department.
The January 5, 2021 agenda for the Salisbury City Council meeting includes an item in the consent agenda to gift SPD K-9 Arnie to Hampton. After a brief discussion, the item was removed from the agenda.
Hampton was recommended to be terminated from his position but instead resigned, effective immediately. “While we understand the calls for the officer’s immediate termination, city employees are afforded due process which ensures fairness for everyone involved and which can take time.”