An Ohio police officer was recently fired for unleashing his K-9 on a surrendering truck driver. As details emerge, records show that fired Ohio K-9 Officer Ryan Speakman’s behavior following the mauling raised serious concerns.
Fired Ohio K-9 Officer’s Firing and Ongoing Investigation
The incident occurred on July 4 when the fired Ohio K-9 Officer Speakman unleashed his police dog on Jadarrius Rose, a 23-year-old black man, who failed to stop his semi-trailer for a Motor Carrier Enforcement inspector due to a missing mud flap.
Despite Rose surrendering on his knees with his hands up, the K-9 attacked him, leaving him with dog bites that required medical attention.
According to New York Post, following the incident, fired Ohio K-9 Officer Speakman was placed on administrative leave, pending investigation.
However, it was later announced that he was fired for failing to meet the department’s “standards and expectations.”
Fired Ohio K-9 Officer’s Crying and Deceptive Behavior
Newly released records reveal the troubling behavior of fired Ohio K-9 Officer Speakman during the investigation.
He was found to have continuously cried over the mauling incident and shared details with colleagues and even family members, despite being warned by Police Chief Shawn Baer not to discuss the matter.
Chief Baer accused fired Ohio K-9 Officer Speakman of releasing confidential information and being deceptive during his statements regarding the events. During a meeting, Baer emphasized that Speakman’s conduct was detrimental to both himself and the agency.
The fired Ohio K-9 Officer Speakman begged Chief Baer not to take away his K-9 partner, referring to the dog as his best friend. It remains uncertain whether Speakman was allowed to keep the dog after his termination.
According to ABC News, Jadarrius Rose hired high-profile civil rights attorney Ben Crump to represent him. Crump, renowned for his work in high-profile cases involving racial injustice, announced his involvement in seeking justice for the victim.