Michigan State Police Soldier Charged with Assault After Leaving K-9 on Suspect for Over 3 Minutes
LANSING, MI – A Michigan State Police Soldier faces felony charges for his service actions by immobilizing a man with a K-9 for nearly four minutes as the man stood still and asked for relief from the dog’s bites.
Parker Surbrook, 33, was arraigned on March 5 for felony assault in Ingham County 54-A District Court, police said. He is suspended without pay until the criminal case is resolved.
The charge stems from Surbrook’s actions in an arrest on Nov. 13 in Lansing, recorded by the on-board camera in the police vehicle, police said.
Surbrook, who joined MSP in 2012 and became a K-9 handler in 2017 at Lansing station, was performing a traffic stop where a passenger in the vehicle was supposed to be armed, when the vehicle fled and pulled away. crashed into a tree, police said. .
Surbrook responded to the scene with an undercover officer. Once on stage, Surbrook unfolds his K-9 on the driver who had exited the vehicle, leaving the dog on the man for what the on-board video released by MSP lasted about three and a half minutes.
The driver can be heard screaming in pain on the video and saying, “Please sir, it’s on my face,” and Surbrook respond with “I don’t care.” The driver then begs, “Please sir, please sir. Please, I beg you sir. Please. Please sir. Please.”
Surbrook then said to the dog, “Stay on him. Good boy. ”Surbrook can also be heard asking for a save to get there faster several times.
The driver, who remained on the ground in roughly the same place, then said: “I’m not moving, sir.”
Surbrook then shouts “Don’t move!” and the driver replies: “It hurts sir.”
The K-9 is removed from the pilot after the save arrives – three and a half minutes later.
The driver then tells the deputy officers that he is unable to stand. His hip was broken, according to an MSP investigation into the incident.
During the MSP survey, the driver reported sustaining bite injuries to the head, left scapula, biceps and forearm of the left arm, the rib area on the left side, the left and right sides of the pelvic bone, genitals and upper thighs.
Surbrook was taken out of service until supervisors reviewed his report, in accordance with ministry policy. He was allowed to return to work after reviewing the report, but before video of the incident was viewed, according to the investigation. He was again dismissed from his post on December 8, after the investigation began.
The passenger in the vehicle had a gun and was taken into custody by the plainclothes policeman with the help of Surbrook, according to the investigation report.
It’s okay to leave a K-9 on someone until a second suspect in an incident is in custody, according to the report. Surbrook is trained in several ways to remove the K-9 after the second suspect is in custody, but he left the K-9 on the driver for a minute and 50 seconds after the second suspect in this incident was in custody until the arrival of the replacement. , indicates the report.
“The Michigan State Police are an agency that prides itself on the ability of our soldiers to respond calmly and confidently even under the most dangerous and distressing circumstances,” said MSP Director Col. Joe. Gasper in a press release.
“While the sad reality for police officers is that the use of force is sometimes a necessary action to ensure their protection or that of others, care and concern for human life should always be at the forefront of the actions of the police. any policeman. This makes Private Surbrook’s contempt for calls for driver help completely unacceptable.
Read the MSP investigation report here.
Surbrook has secured a $ 5,000 bond and a preliminary screening is scheduled for March 25.
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