Ohio police released a canine on a black man who had gotten out of his vehicle with his hands up after a traffic stop earlier this month, according to authorities.
The incident unfolded on July 4 after law enforcement officers engaged in a lengthy pursuit of a semi truck driven by 23-year-old Jadarrius Rose. The vehicle was missing a fender and was not stopped for an inspection, according to a report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP).
It stopped on a state highway about 40 miles south of Columbus after authorities deployed tire deflator devices, known as “stop sticks,” for the second time.
In video provided by the highway patrol, Rose is seen standing in front of the vehicle with her hands raised as law enforcement officers order her to the ground.
Moments later, a Circleville Police Department officer released a police dog on Rose despite a state trooper telling the local officer not to release the dog.
“Don’t let the dog go, hands up,” the police officer can be heard yelling in the video.
The video shows the dog running towards Rose, now on her knees, and the video appears to show the canine biting and pulling the driver. Rose screams loudly and can be heard saying, “please take it off.”
“While Troopers attempted to gain compliance by providing verbal commands to the suspect, the Circleville Police Department deployed their canine, which resulted in the canine biting the suspect,” the highway patrol said in a statement.
Circleville police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Circleville Public Safety Director Douglas Debord told local media that the city is reviewing the incident involving the police K9 unit.
The highway patrol said the driver was given first aid “immediately” and emergency medical personnel were contacted to help. Rose was later detained, OSHP said, adding that the case remains under investigation.
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