The Salt Lake City Police Department suspended the K9 show on Wednesday, a day after the release of camera footage on an officer’s body that showed his dog seemed to be repeatedly biting a man. The Negro was kneeling on the ground with his hands raised.
In a statement, the department said it was inviting outside experts to conduct a thorough review of the program’s policies and procedures while various investigations looking at the April 24 incident left Jeffrey Ryans. , 36 years old, was seriously injured that his lawyer said may require amputation.
The department said K9 officer involved in the encounter, Nickolas Pearce, was put on administrative leave while the city̵7;s civil review board and interior investigators investigated.
“I was bothered by what I saw in that video, disappointed in how to handle the situation and committed to work to make sure it didn’t happen again,” Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall tweeted. Private.
Ryans’ lawyer, a train engineer, said in an interview on Wednesday that he was ready to go to work early that morning when officers arrived at his wife’s home, where he is staying.
In disturbing camera footage first published by the Salt Lake City Tribune and captured by NBC News, policemen can be seen talking to Ryans, who is standing in the backyard of the house. “I just went to work,” he said. One officer asked how they got to the courtyard; Another person appeared saying that Ryans would jump over the fence.
Pearce then appeared to go to the other side of the house, where he approached Ryans and said, “Go to the ground or you’ll get bitten.”
As Ryans knelt with his hands, Pearce appeared to say “hit” and “good boy” while his dog bit Ryans, who kept screaming in pain and asking why the dog was biting him. me.
The Salt Lake Police Department declined a request to interview Pearce, and the Salt Lake Police Association did not immediately return a request for comment on Wednesday night.
In a June 29 claim notice sent to the Salt Lake City Recording Office – the first step to suing – Ryans’ lawyers said Pearce’s dog, Tuco, had bitten him several times. in about a minute.
One of his attorneys, Gabriel White, said that on each leg, Ryans had to breathe two inches.
“We’ve seen a lot of dog bites, but one looks like another,” he said. “I would assume he had an accident with a chainsaw.”
Salt Lake City Police spokesman Detective Greg Wilking said authorities had been called home for reports of domestic violence. Citing the pending lawsuit, Wilking declined to discuss the details of the case in detail, but in the full-body camera footage, police can be heard telling Ryans after he was bitten that he committed an offense. order of protection and not allowed there.
In an interview on Wednesday, Gabriel White and another lawyer, Daniel Garner, said Ryans’ wife secured the order last year amid “disagreement.” They said the quarrels were not violent, although she asked Ryans to move out in December. Then they made up, and he moved back in when the coronavirus epidemic began, when she asks for help with their three kids, they say.
After talking to someone in the local attorney’s office, she believes the protective order has been lifted, they say.
“She doesn’t know, the judge has to raise it,” Garner said.
A remaining request for comment with the Salt Lake County Attorney’s Office was not returned on Wednesday. Garner and White refused to give either Ryans or his wife an interview.
The lawyers said they were not sure who reported the domestic violence allegation on April 24, but they said there was no allegation that any violence occurred. “It was just a disagreement in marriage,” White said. “Then she went to bed.”
Wilking said that Ryans was arrested on suspicion of violating the protective order, the charge is pending.
Garner and White say that Ryans was laid off after he was injured. They said that many surgeries left him tens of thousands of dollars in debt.
They said the officials named in the claims notice have 60 days to respond. “If they accept responsibility, there won’t be a lawsuit,” Garner said.
“My client’s primary goal is to see the reforms the country is discussing,” Garner said. “And he has a mountain of medical bills that he has to deal with right now.”