A police officer in Circleville, Ohio, is under investigation after he ignored the orders of a state trooper to release his K-9 dog, which then mauled a suspect who had surrendered to authorities.
The incident occurred on July 4, 2023, after police tried to pull over a semi-truck driven by Jadarrius Rose. Rose led police on a high-speed chase before eventually surrendering.
Body camera footage from the scene shows Rose standing with his hands up and complying with police orders. However, the officer with the K-9 dog, Ryan Speakman, ignored the orders of a state trooper to keep the dog in check. Speakman instead commanded the dog to attack Rose, who was bitten multiple times.
The trooper who gave the orders to Speakman has been identified as Christopher Jones. Jones told investigators that he believed Rose was no longer a threat and that the dog should not be released.
Speakman has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Rose was taken to the hospital with injuries to his legs and arms.
The incident has sparked outrage in the community, and many people are calling for Speakman to be fired. The Circleville Police Department has said that it is taking the matter seriously and that it will “take appropriate action” once the investigation is complete.
The use of K-9 units by police has come under increased scrutiny in recent years. In some cases, dogs have been used to attack suspects who were not posing a threat. In other cases, dogs have bitten bystanders or even police officers.
The Circleville Police Department has a policy that requires officers to use K-9 units only when necessary. However, it is unclear whether Speakman followed this policy in the case of Jadarrius Rose.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.