Title: Ohio Cop Fired for Unleashing Police Dog on Surrendering Black Truck Driver
In a disturbing incident that has sent shockwaves across the state, an Ohio police officer has been fired following the release of a police dog on a surrendering black truck driver. Ryan Speakman, an officer with the Circleville Police Department, disregarded orders to restrain the K9, allowing it to maul Jadarrius Rose.
The swift action against Speakman was taken after an internal investigation conducted by the Circleville Police Department concluded that he did not meet their standards and expectations. The officer’s termination was effective immediately, subsequent to being placed on paid administrative leave.
The use of force review board, however, found that department policies for canine use were followed during the incident. While the Circleville police did not disclose the specific reason for Speakman’s termination, the police union has filed a grievance demanding the revocation of the termination and the removal of any mention of the incident from Speakman’s record.
Bodycam footage captured the incident, revealing conflicting orders from state troopers and Speakman when Rose was surrendering. Despite Rose complying by getting on his knees with his hands up, Speakman released the dog, resulting in Rose suffering from dog bites. He was later booked with a charge of failure to comply and received medical treatment for his wounds.
Speaking about the incident, Rose expressed gratitude that the incident was recorded, ensuring accountability. However, he refrained from discussing the reason behind his decision to run from the police.
The release of the video has sparked widespread outrage and reignited calls for improved police training. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine described the incident as a “wake-up call” for better training within law enforcement.
As investigations continue, the incident serves as a reminder of the importance of transparency, accountability, and the need for robust training programs for police officers to ensure incidents like these are not repeated and public faith in law enforcement is restored.