A Michigan State Police trooper and dog handler deployed his dog to stop a suspect during a traffic stop for “an extended period of time” and now the cop faces charged over the incident.
Parker Surbrook was arraigned on one count of felonious assault due to his actions on duty.
You can watch the entire scene unfold:
In the video, the dog is subduing the suspect for about four minutes, actively biting him and keeping him down.
Surbrook tells the dog 15 times to “stay on” the suspect throughout the clip.
Investigative reports reveal the suspect repeatedly told the officer, “I’m not moving, sir.” At one point, he pleads with the officer to call off the dog, saying, “Please sir, please sir. Please, I’m begging you, sir, please, sir, please sir...please.”
The suspect also said that the dog is choking him. Surbrook responded, saying, “I don’t care.”
Surbrooks’s actions during the incident were found not to be in keeping with the standards of professional contact for officers or for dog handlers, according to Michigan State Police.
The arrest in question happened on Nov. 13, 2020, in Lansing. The Michigan State Police learned of the incident on Dec. 4 during a routine review. Surbrook was placed on leave on Dec. 8, and a criminal investigation followed.
“While the unfortunate reality for police officers is that use of force is sometimes a necessary action to ensure the protection of themselves or others, care and concern for human life should always be at the forefront of any police officer’s actions,” said Col. Joe Gasper, the director of the Michigan State Police.
“This makes Trooper Surbrook’s disregard of the driver’s pleas for help totally unacceptable.”
Surbrook will remain on unpaid suspension pending the result of the criminal case.