An Ohio city settles with a truck driver and former K-9 officer involved in a July attack
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio city this week agreed to a settlement with a former K-9 officer and a truck driver involved in an attack last year. The video that It received national attention and raised questions about the use of dogs to apprehend suspects.
Records the city of Circleville shared with The Associated Press show it will pay Jadarrius Rose $225,000 after he was bitten by a dog that was part of the Circleville Police Department’s canine unit on July 4. Rose signed the settlement documents on January 8.
Kenneth Abbarno, Rose’s attorney, said the settlement is a step toward accountability but that the effects of the attack on the 24-year-old will remain with him.
“What happened to Jadarius can never be cured,” Aparno said. “This permanently changed the way he would encounter law enforcement for the rest of his life.”
Additional records signed Thursday by former Officer Ryan Speakman, the dog’s trainer, show that the city also agreed to pay him $40,000.
Under the settlement, records related to Speakman’s termination will be removed from his personnel file, he will submit a voluntary letter of resignation effective last July and will be able to buy Serge, the Belgian Malinois who bit Rose, from the city for $1.
The city will also provide Speakman with a “neutral” reference letter detailing his employment dates, his position in the department and his rate of pay at the time of his resignation, according to records.
The city of Circleville did not respond to messages seeking comment on the settlements but shared the records via email.
Also as part of the settlement, the Ohio Patrolman’s Benevolent Association must withdraw a grievance filed by the union arguing that he was fired without sufficient cause.
The union that represented Speakman did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
Speakman is scheduled to have an arbitration hearing on February 21.
During Rose’s arrest near Circleville, which was recorded on police cameras, Speakman allowed the dog to strike Rose while he was on his knees with his hands in the air, while state troopers shouted at him to restrain the animal. Rose, then 23, from Memphis, Tennessee, needed hospital treatment.
The chase on Ohio 35 began because Rose’s truck appeared to be missing a mudguard and he did not stop to check, a police report said.
Police alleged that Rose initially refused to exit the truck and later defied instructions to get on the ground.
While the dog was on board Rose, one of the soldiers shouted: “Get the dog away from him!” “Take it off! Please! Please!” Rose said, clearly in pain. Before the attack ends.
Audio recordings indicate that Ross told a 911 dispatcher that the officers pursuing him were “trying to kill him” and he did not feel safe stopping. He also said he was confused as to why the officers were trying to stop him and why they pulled their guns after he stopped briefly before driving away.
The dispatcher told Rose to stop and comply with the officers, and that they were not trying to hurt him.
(tags for translation)Circleville Police Department