Gov. Mike DeWine orders improved police training following a police dog attack incident involving a Black truck driver; the officer who released the dog was also fired. DeWine adds it would be part of the capital budget.
DeWine says that smaller police departments may not have the necessary resources to expertly train their staff. Scenario training facilities will be constructed, lawmakers were informed to set aside funds so departments will be able to use the facilities at little or free cost.
Circleville Police Officer Ryan Speakman was fired following the incident for violating the department’s discipline, but their Use of Force Review Board determined the canine policy was properly followed. Officers say the Board doesn’t have authority for recommending discipline.
The Incident And Starting Changes
Jadarrius Rose was driving because his truck was missing its left rear mud flap but wouldn’t pull over, stop sticks were used to stop his vehicle. He was ordered to exit out of the vehicle, while calling 911 as he feared he would be killed – eventually he complied and raised his hands.
Speakman told Rose to go to the ground or else he’ll be bitten, while a highway trooper told him to approach him. Another trooper was yelling to not release the dog, Rose dropped to his knees as the dog ran toward him – biting him as troopers yell to get the dog off.
He was charged with fourth-degree felony for not complying. DeWine cites this incident as a wake up call for them, commenting that they’ll be working with the Senate President and Speaker – who supports his idea.
Since the state budget was passed, around $40 million have been allocated. In addition, a new commission was established who’’ be studying methods that could be applied for this training, DeWine states they need to provide the best training possible as this is a good start so far.