PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police are investigating the alleged taunting of a police K-9 by a member of the Oakland Raiders at Heinz Field Sunday afternoon.
According to police, the incident happened as the Raiders were taking the field for their matchup with the Steelers.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Public School Board Set To Vote On Return To School Safety Plan
“We were immediately notified about the incident, and we immediately initiated a criminal investigation into the matter. Sheriff’s Office supervisors interviewed witnesses and reviewed video surveillance recordings at Heinz Field. We notified the District Attorney’s Office on Sunday. The Sheriff’s Office is currently reviewing all of the information and reports to make a final determination relating to charges,” Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Kevin Kraus said.
Sources tell our Rich Walsh that the player has been identified as linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong.
Sources say Armstrong lifted up his shirt, beat his chest, and started barking and yelling at the K-9 before the start of the game. The dog had to be restrained.
Walsh: “Do you know why this player taunted the dog?”READ MORE: South Pittsburgh Coalition For Peace Holds 'Stop The Violence' Rally In Response To Recent Shootings
Kraus: “I don’t. I don’t know if anybody does. He came out of the locker room, he started jumping up and down, intimidating the dog, calling for the dog. The dog immediately responded and tried to make its way over to the player, the K-9 deputy prevented the dog from doing so.”
Taunting a police K-9 is a felony in Pennsylvania.
No charges have been filed at this time.
The Oakland Raiders and Armstrong have been made aware of the situation.
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