The implication of this story is that the LA Police Department is training their K9 partners to be racist, only biting African-Americans or Latinos.
"According to Parc records, the number of Latino individuals bitten by LASD canines went up 30 per cent between 2004 and 2012, from 30 to 39 bites. The number of African-Americans bitten increased by 33 per cent over the same period."
"A recent investigation by the US Department of Justice also found that in areas policed by the LASD, “African Americans, and to a lesser extent Latinos, are more likely to be stopped and/or searched than whites, even when controlling for factors other than race, such as crime rates.”
While the article states that overall crime rates in the study areas are down, they don't state if there has been any change in ratios of crimes committed by African-Americans or Latinos.
Maybe police should use other methods of assistance and rely less on dogs or not. I say use what is most effective.
But dogs, like their human handlers learn who the bad guys are by experience and observation. The dogs most often come into contact with African-Americans and Latinos and it's always in an negative and aggressive environment. Behave in a responsible and appropriate manner and you probably won't get bitten.