18 Cases Referred To District Attorney After Review Into SLCPD K-9 Program

Sep 25, 2020, 12:09 PM | Updated: 6:58 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A number of Salt Lake City police officers are on leave after a review of the department’s K-9 apprehension program.

Two-thirds of the cases that have been reviewed are being referred to the district attorney’s office for criminal investigation.

Officials announced there would be a review into the program after Salt Lake City resident Jeffrey Ryans reported an officer ordered a K-9 to attack him during an incident in April, even though the suspect was complying.

Ryans is suing the police department for the injuries he received while he was on his knees with his hands in the air.

The officer, Nickolas Pearce, was charged with second-degree aggravated assault.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said he was concerned following the report. He made the decision to look back at four year’s worth of reported dog bites that include body cam video.

The review found 18 cases that are now being referred to the district attorney.

Jeffrey Ryans attorney, Gabriel White, said he thinks the announcement of the review is a step in the right direction with transparency, and that he’s supportive of the cities actions in this process.

“We are holding our breath to see how far they actually take it,” said White.

He mentioned that they have not had anyone from the city directly reach out them about their lawsuit and potentially settling it.

The exact number of officers on leave was not immediately made available.

As the investigation into the bites continue, the apprehension portion of the program has been suspended indefinitely.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

(Mark Less/ KSL TV)...
Alex Cabrero

Utah cattle ranchers losing calves to winter conditions

Many cattle ranchers have lost calves due to the deep snow and cold weather.
1 day ago
Follow @KSL5TVLike us on Facebook...
Andrew Adams

Vintage motorcycle stolen, owner asks public for help to find it

A man was asking for help Wednesday to locate his stolen, fully-restored vintage motorcycle.
1 day ago
Exibit shows Utah's air was a concern as far back as the 1880s....
Jed Boal

Exhibit: Concerns about Utah’s air quality go back to Brigham Young

An online exhibit details Utah’s unique air pollution problem going back to the 1880s when Utahns referred to the winter pollution as “smoke evil” or the “smoke nuisance”. 
1 day ago
An empty donation table with the American Red Cross logo. (Jon Cherry/Getty Images)...
Katija Stjepovic

Red Cross warns Utahns to be prepared for flooding, spring runoff. Here’s how.

The American Red Cross has a warning for Utahns this spring – prepare for the possibility of flooding in the coming months.
1 day ago
Bags of small pills are lined up....
Mike Anderson

Fentanyl use on the rise in Box Elder County

Police in Box Elder County say fentanyl is hitting their community hard as overdoses and deaths have gone up in recent months.
1 day ago
Driver killed...
Eliza Pace

Four injured in yurt explosion

Four people have been transported to the hospital following a yurt explosion in Deer Valley Wednesday afternoon.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Close up of an offset printing machine during production...
Les Olson IT

Top 7 Reasons to Add a Production Printer to Your Business

Learn about the different digital production printers and how they can help your company save time and money.
vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
18 Cases Referred To District Attorney After Review Into SLCPD K-9 Program