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Salt Lake City Police Suspend Use Of K9s Amid Investigation

Salt Lake City police have suspended the use of police dogs in apprehensions in light of an arrest earlier this year in which officers ordered a dog to attack a Black man who was kneeling and had already put his hands in the air. 

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Jeffrey Ryans was in his backyard when police were called to his home. Body camera footage shows a police dog latched onto Ryans’ left leg for about 20 seconds even though he was being put in handcuffs. The department said it was opening an internal investigation into the arrest. Police said the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave.