Twyman arrested

Christopher Lashaun Twyman was arrested by the state Department of Pardons and Paroles on Wednesday. 

The man who was allegedly injured Friday during an encounter with a Talladega police officer and a police dog was arrested Wednesday on a parole violation warrant.

According to the Talladega County Jail website, Christopher Lashaun Twyman, 38, of Henderson Street, was arrested by the state Department of Pardons and Paroles and was booked into the jail at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The parole violation goes back to February of this year. He was being held without bond Wednesday.

It was not immediately clear what the nature of the violation was or what charges he was on probation for in the first place. Twyman did plead guilty to four counts of distribution of a controlled substance and was charged with armed robbery in 2007.

Twyman was at Talladega Downs on Thursday night when, he says, he spotted the police dog and its handler, dropped his beer and gradually began to run.

Witnesses said the dog attacked him, and he was subsequently beaten about the head and back, sustaining injuries to scalp and forearm. He was taken to Citizens Baptist Medical Center and treated for his injuries before being released from the hospital Tuesday.

The local chapter of the NAACP called for an investigation into the alleged attacks on Twyman and three or four other African-Americans.

Talladega police Chief Jason Busby said the canine officer had been placed on paid administrative leave, and the dog was taken off the street pending the outcome of an investigation.

The entire incident was captured on police body cameras, Busby said.

That investigation is being handled by the Talladega County District Attorney’s Office, according to DA Steve Giddens. All of the city’s evidence, including the video, was turned over to his office Tuesday.

Local NAACP President the Rev. Hugh Morris said Wednesday that he had been provided with the names of three other black people who had been injured by the dog -- Ashley White, Byron Cook and Danielle Hall. He said a fourth name had been mentioned to him, but he could not be certain if it was written down properly.