I am the patrol commander of a police dept in Mississippi. Myself and the patrol major made a statement to a junior officer after he complained about the use of force by a K9 officer. We told the junior officer that the K9 officers use of force was unjustified, illegal and the K9 officer was wrong for doing it. In reality we knew that the K9 officer was justified in his use of force and we just did not want the junior officer to feel like a snitch for complaining. Unknown to us the conversation was recorded. After several years the K9 officer who had not done anything wrong got indicted by the FBI because of the remarks we made on tape. The K9 handler ultimately was found not guilty in court. We had to openly admit we made the false comments about the K9 handler. Does he have a case to sue us or the City for Slander/Defamation. He did retain his job with the city and is still there.