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Police officer fired after unleashing dog on Black man in Ohio traffic stop

(Reuters) – Police in Circleville, Ohio, on Wednesday fired an officer who unleashed his dog on a Black man during a highway traffic stop and ordered the animal to attack even though the man had his hands raised, according to video of the incident.

“Officer (Ryan) Speakman did not meet the standards and expectations we hold for our police officers. Officer Speakman has been terminated from the department, effective immediately,” police in a statement.

Speakman could not be reached for comment, but the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, a police union, said in a statement that Speakman was fired “without JUST CAUSE” and it was filing a grievance on his behalf.