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Black Man Says White Security Guard Repeatedly Ordered Dog To Bite Him

Newsweek logo Newsweek 8/2/2021 Khaleda Rahman
a group of people holding a sign posing for the camera: Protesters march in Bridgewater, New Jersey, on June 13, 2020 during a demonstration against police brutality and racism. © Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images Protesters march in Bridgewater, New Jersey, on June 13, 2020 during a demonstration against police brutality and racism.

A Black man has said a white security guard repeatedly ordered a trained security dog to bite him in an attack that started as a dispute about his baseball cap.

A brief clip that circulated on Facebook showed the uniformed guard and the dog charging at 26-year-old Khalif Hunter in the parking lot outside Adelphia, a restaurant and nightclub in Deptford, New Jersey.

Hunter is seen walking away from the guard but when he calls the man a "white p***y," the guard rushes at him with the dog.

But Hunter, of Burlington City, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the video doesn't tell the full story.

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Hunter told the newspaper he was at Adelphia early Thursday with friends when an employee asked him to remove his Boston Red Sox cap, which he did—but he put it on later after walking outside onto a deck.

When an employee told him to bring it to the lobby, Hunter said he mentioned that other men were wearing caps, and was soon asked to leave.

While he tried to contact his friends, he said two employees told him to get out and "began getting handsy."

He said one employee put him in a wrestling hold and pushed him outside and they fell down a few stairs together. According to Hunter, that's when a private security guard employed by the restaurant, who had a dog on a leash, yelled: "Bite him! Attack!"

"The guard jumped on me and put his knee in my abdomen. I was on the ground and the guy was telling the dog, 'Live bite!'" Hunter said.

Bystanders stepped in to stop the attack, Hunter said, while another security guard said using the dog "was uncalled for."

Then came the moment that was captured in the Facebook video, after Hunter said he called the guard racist. "He had me in a headlock this time. And I was grabbing the dog's leash to get it off of me," Hunter said.

"My reasons behind calling the man racist were, if you're already subdued and on the ground, that should be the end of it. But the man kept yelling, 'Live bite!' There had to be another motivating factor, like racism."

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Hunter said he was bitten three times on his lower right calf and once on the inner right thigh. He said he drove himself to hospital the following morning and has received shots for rabies and tetanus.

He has retained a lawyer, but did not elaborate on what legal action he might take.

Hunter said Adelphia's lawyer told him the restaurant would pay his medical bills, which he said is "the least you should offer to do."

In a news release on Saturday, the Deptford Township Police Department said its Criminal Investigations Division conducted an investigation into the incident and forwarded the case to the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.

"The collection and review of all available information is ongoing in order to determine the appropriateness of charges, and if so, what the charges will be," Thomas Gilbert, the acting chief of detectives for the prosecutor's office, told Newsweek.

The police department has been contacted for additional comment.

Over the weekend, protesters gathered outside Adelphia and told would-be patrons about the incident. Gary Frazier, who organized the protests, told the Inquirer that he wants Adelphia to apologize for what happened to Hunter.

So far, the restaurant and club has released a statement only to apologize for the presence of protesters.

"Over the past few days, persons with no connection to Adelphia have tried to disrupt our events and dining experience which the owners, management and staff of Adelphia strive every day to provide," Adelphia said in a post on Instagram. 'We sincerely apologize for any distractions to your Adelphia experience over the past few days."

Hunter and Adelphia have been contacted for additional comment.

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