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Trucker Receives Settlement After Police K-9 Attack

Last 4th of July was a rough for this trucker, who was attacked by a police dog during a traffic stop.

On July 4, 2023, Ohio police officer Ryan Speakman released a police K-9 on Jadarrius Rose, a 23-year-old trucker. Other troopers assisting with the stop yelled at Speakman to not release the dog, as Rose’s hands were in the air. Now, according to WBNS, Rose will receive a $225,000 settlement.

The original  incident began when a Motor Carrier Enforcement inspector noticed a semi was missing a back left mud flap. When the inspector tried to pull the big rig over, the trucker fled and embarked on a chase that attracted the attention of multiple law enforcement vehicles. Rose eventually pulled over on U.S. 35 near Circleville and exited the semi with his hands up. As state troopers gave him verbal commands, Officer Speakman released their canine to attack the him. Rose was treated with first aid on the scene, taken to the hospital, and later released.

Watch the graphic bodycam footage below:

“As troopers were attempting to gain compliance by providing verbal commands to the suspect, the Circleville Police Department deployed their canine, which resulted in the suspect being bitten by the canine,” said Sergeant Ryan E. Purpura, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Speakman was fired soon after the incident, prompting him to file a grievance for unjust termination. He received a $40,000 settlement and was allowed to voluntarily resign from the police department.

It does not appear that Rose sustained any permanent injuries, but NAACP President of the Columbus branch, Nana Watson, told reporters that the trauma may stick with him. “”He should have received a payment. He was the one that was attacked by the dog. I don’t know if $225,000 is going to erase that moment and what he experienced during that time. A dog being unleashed on him, I’m sure that will be with him forever,” she told WBNS.

 

Original story by WBNS.

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