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Michigan State Police trooper who let K9 attack suspect who wasn't resisting facing assault charges

Posted at 5:39 PM, Mar 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-05 17:39:43-05

LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan State Police trooper in the Lansing area is facing felonious assault charges after allowing a police dog to attack a suspect who wasn't resisting or running away.

The arrest took place following a traffic stop on Nov. 13 on Willoughby Road and Long Boulevard in Lansing. Trooper Parker Surbrook attempted to pull over a driver who he believed to be armed.

According to the Michigan State Police report, the driver fled, crashing into a tree. When Surbrook and an undercover officer from the Lansing Police Department arrived at the crash, the driver was out of his vehicle.

Surbrook deployed is police dog, Knox, on the driver, yelling, “Stop him, stop him, stop him, stop him.”

The trooper allowed the dog to attack the suspect for a long period of time, though the suspect was "not displaying active physical resistance" and, at point, was screaming in pain, according to an incident report released by the Michigan State Police.

Investigators say dash camera footage shows Surbrook’s actions fell outside Michigan State Police standards of conduct and the department’s K9 policies.

The investigation started Dec. 4. Surbrook was placed on leave Dec. 8.

The Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office announced charges against Surbrook on Friday.

Surbrook will remain on unpaid leave while his case continues and has been removed from K9 unit.

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Larry Wallace

10:16 AM, Jan 03, 2021

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5:13 PM, Nov 14, 2022

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