Jeffery Ryans’ attorney, 36, said a police officer “commanded the K9 … to attack Ryans unnecessarily and for a long period of time” in April. Salt Lake City Police said they are internally investigating the incident.
On April 24, Ryans was preparing to go to work around 3:30 a.m. when police appeared to say they were investigating a domestic violence case, according to Ryans’ lawyers.
Ryans’ daughter called 911 for the police, according to the call recording released by the police.
“My father is doing very bad things with our family,” said the daughter.
“He’s screaming and screaming,” she said, as loud voices rang out in the background.
“Did he attack your mother?”; the operator asked.
The daughter replied: “Yes.”
The moderator asked if her father lived at home, and the daughter replied, “No, he has a restraining order.”
One of Ryans ‘lawyers, Daniel Gardner, confirmed to CNN that a protection order was in place but said the couple “had the impression that it was lifted because it was Ryans’ wish.”
At one point in the video, after an officer mentioned a protective order to Ryans, he told the officer that his wife “said she lifted it.”
“[Ryans and his wife] Gardner didn’t understand that the judge was the only one who could lift the protective order, ”explained Gardner.
Police asked Ryans to leave the house, according to camera footage from the case provided to CNN by the man’s lawyer and Salt Lake City Police. They also spoke to his wife, who confirmed that she had a security order and told officers that Jeffery was in the house when she got home.
When the officers found him in the backyard, one of the six officers told him “you shouldn’t be here Jeffery.”
“All right, she let me in,” he announced. Several officers could be heard ordering Ryans “to the ground.” An officer said that Ryans tried to jump over the fence.
His lawyer said that Ryans was being bitten by Salt Lake City Police, Nickolas Pearce, who “ordered his German shepherd dog to bite repeatedly as he knelt and raised his hand to the sky”.
Full-body camera video from the incident showed Ryans lying on the ground protesting and exclaiming in pain as he was bitten by a dog and yanked on his left leg. One officer was seen handcuffing him while another kept saying “good boy” to the dog.
“Why did you bite me?” Ryans shouted on video at one point.
While Ryans was lying on the ground and handcuffed, an officer could overhear an officer saying “we need medical attention for dog bites” through the radio.
Ryans, a locomotive engineer, said several times throughout the incident that he was trying to get work clothes from the house.
Amputation may be required, the doctors said
The Salt Lake City Police Department said no complaints were sent to their Home Affairs department as soon as the incident happened.
“However, when senior leaders are aware of the situation [Tuesday], they immediately conducted an Interior investigation to determine if the use of force was included in the policy and why the use of force was not mentioned in the Interior at that time “, The ministry added in their statement about the incident.
The mayor of Salt Lake City, Erin Mendenhall (D), said she was “deeply concerned about a news agency publishing this video to bring it to the attention of the senior police department leader and herself. me, “in a tweet yesterday.
“I was confused with what I saw in that video, frustrated with how the situation was handled and committed to working to make sure it didn’t happen again,” said Mendenhall.
Pearce was put on administrative leave pending an investigation, police said in their statement.
CNN reached out to the police union in Salt Lake City for comment, but received no immediate response.
Ryans had to be taken to the emergency room following the incident and underwent multiple surgeries because of his injuries since that night, his lawyer said.
“His doctors informed him that his leg could have been amputated due to an injury,” their statement added.
The claim notice that Ryans’ attorney sent to the city said he had nerve, tendon and muscle damage.
A formal lawsuit has yet to be filed in court.