A City Lake officer Nickolas Pearce is charged with assault, this is following the incident that happened on April 24 where he ordered a K9 dog to bite Jeffrey Ryans after responding to a domestic violence call.
Prosecutors announced on Wednesday that a Utah police officer was charged with assault after ordering a K9 Dog to bite a black man who had obeyed the officer’s command to raise his hands.
Following video footage that was released last month, Prosecutors said Pearce kicked Jeffrey in his knees and forced him onto his knees. Pearce then ordered the dog to bite Ryans on his left leg for about 20 seconds, meanwhile, the other officer handcuffed him.
In a video released Pearce said, “Get on the ground! Get on the ground or you are going to get bit.” The video also shows that Pearce carried on and ordered a dog to attack Ryans and then Ryans shouted “I am on the ground. Why are you biting me?”
Ryans told the tribute that he was confused by the officer’s orders as they ordered him differently, as one told him to get on the ground while the other ordered him to come to him. “I was not running, I was not fighting. I was just cooperating. We have been through this. We have seen this. Always cooperate with the police, no matter what.” Ryans said.
BY Andile Sindani