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Utah Officer Charged With Assault After Dog Bites Black Man

Prosecutors say a Utah police officer was charged with aggravated assault after ordering a dog to attack a Black man who had put his hands in the air. 

Jeffery Ryans was in his backyard on April 24 when police responded to a domestic dispute call. The Salt Lake County district attorney’s office said Ryans complied with officers’ orders to raise his hands. Prosecutors say K9 officer Nickolas Pearce then told Ryans to get on the ground before kicking him in the leg, forcing him to his knees, and ordering the dog to bite Ryans. A phone call to a number listed for Pearce wasn’t answered.