A Utah officer accused of unnecessarily siccing his police K9 on a Black man, who was on his knees with his hands up at the time, has been suspended.
Authorities on Wednesday launched an internal investigation into the incident, most of which was captured on body camera video.
Jeremy Ryans was seated in his backyard smoking a cigarette when officers with the Salt Lake City Police Department showed up at his property. Someone had called law enforcement after hearing Ryans arguing with his wife inside the home.
Authorities said he’d been violating a protective order, which Ryans maintains should have been lifted at the time.