Utah city suspends use of K9s after UOF incident
In a tweet Wednesday, the city’s mayor said the agency’s use of K-9s has been suspended
By Suzie Ziegler
SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake City police officer has been suspended after video of his encounter with a suspect surfaced.
In a tweet Wednesday, the city’s mayor said the agency’s use of K-9s has been suspended pending a review of the program’s policies.
The officer involved in the incident documented by body cam footage published by the Tribune Tuesday has been suspended from duty, pending an investigation into their use of force. In addition, the use of K9s to engage with suspects has been completely suspended until— SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall (@slcmayor) August 12, 2020
the policies and practices of that program can be fully reviewed.— SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall (@slcmayor) August 12, 2020
Furthermore, I am deeply concerned that it took a news outlet publishing this video for it to be brought to the attention of senior police department leadership and myself.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the incident occurred on April 24 but was not known to city officials until the news outlet published the video Tuesday.
The Salt Lake County district attorney’s office is also reviewing the case, the agency told reporters.
Police were called to the scene after the suspect, 36-year-old Jeffery Ryans, was heard yelling at his wife and someone called 911. Police tried to arrest Ryans because he wasn't legally allowed to be at the home.
Ryans suffered nerve and tendon damage from the attack. He’s undergone multiple surgeries and it’s possible he may need to have his leg amputated, according to the Tribune.