Michigan police was charged in an incident in which he placed a dog on the driver and locked an animal bitten on the man for nearly four minutes, despite the driver pleading for help, state police said Friday.
Soldier Parker Surbrook was charged with a single criminal assault in an arrest Nov. 18 in Lansing, where a driver and a passenger believed to be armed fled from a traffic sign and struck a tree. He had been on the driver for a long period of time ”by violating policies and ignoring the driver’s request for help, state police said.
Surbrook was indicted on Friday, police said. The lawyer, who identified him as his representative during the investigation, did not immediately return an emailed request for comment on Monday night.
State police said Surbrook’s actions were exposed during routine inspections in December and supervisors who reviewed the video. “Immediately recognize multiple policy violations” and file a complaint.
Police investigation reports said the dogs were held on top of the driver for nearly four minutes, including nearly two minutes after the passengers were handcuffed. A gun was collected during a passenger’s arrest, according to the report.
The driver, who was injured with a broken hip, begged the dog to be called out and appeared not to be defiant, police wrote in the report, which was partially corrected.
Michigan Police Director Col. Joe Gasper said in a statement that sometimes force was required, but “care and concern for human life should always be at the forefront of police actions.”
“This made Trooper Surbrook completely ignorant of the driver’s pleas for help,” Gasper said.
A dog unit supervisor and a police trainer told detectives that using the dog in the early stages of the seizure appeared to be in line with police policy, according to the police.
But after the passengers were handcuffed, Sir Brook likely would work with another officer to handcuff the driver, the supervisor said, according to the report. There are other options as well, but those parts of the report will be edited.
But Surbrook waited for other officers to arrive and kept the dog at the driver, who requested the dog to be removed at least five times in less than two minutes, according to the report.
Surbrook has been with the state police since 2012 and has been a dog handler since 2017, the state police said. He was put on leave in December and is on a unpaid stay, according to police.