An officer with the Salt Lake City Police Department was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault for ordering his dog to attack a black man who had his hands up.
The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office filed the charge against Officer Nickolas Pearce following a review of the April 24 incident that was first brought to light after the Salt Lake Tribune published body camera footage of the attack on 36-year-old Jeffery Ryans.
“[Ryans] wasn’t resisting arrest,” Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said in explaining his decision, according to the Tribune.
“He certainly wasn’t posing an imminent threat of violence or harm to anyone and he certainly wasn’t concealed. He was fenced in an area and was being compliant,” said Gill.
The confrontation unfolded when police were called to Ryans’ home after his daughter called 911 to report her father was screaming at, and had hit, her mother, the report said.
Ryans was being arrested that night