Flint, MI — A horrifying video was just released showing what led up to a Michigan State trooper charges for felonious assault with a dangerous weapon. For four entire minutes, trooper Parker Surbrook, 33, forced his dog to maul a compliant, unarmed and surrendered man, quite literally from head to toe.
On March 5, Surbrook, a 9 year veteran with the MSP, was arrested and charged felonious assault. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
According to police, Surbrook and another undercover officer saw a vehicle leaving an area known as an "illegal activity spot" and moved to pull it over. Instead of stopping, however, the vehicle fled and then crashed into a tree after a brief pursuit. During the crash, the driver broke his hip.
After the vehicle crashed, the video shows the man exit his vehicle, lie on the ground, and put his hands out. By all definitions, he had surrendered and it was not even possible for him to flee.
Nevertheless, Surbrook rushed out of his car with the dog, yelling “stop him, stop him, stop him, stop him, stay on the ground mother f**ker!”
As Surbrook directs his K-9, Knox, the driver of the vehicle, laying down on the ground with his hands out, completely surrendering, says, “I’m done, I’m done” and made no attempts to get up. Still, Surbrook kept yelling at his dog to attack and the dog follows his orders.
Surbrook looks like a raving lunatic as he jumps around the scene running back and forth, yelling at the two entirely compliant and surrendered individuals.
“He’s got me…he’s got me,” the driver yells as he begs for help. In response to the pleas for help, Surbrook gives the K-9 more commands to bite the man.
The driver continued begging, “I’m not moving, please get him,” pleading with Surbrook to call off Knox.
He starts pleading, “please sir…sir,” and Surbrook tells Knox “good boy” and “stay on him.”
"Please, Sir, he's on my face," the man can be heard screaming.
"I don't care," Surbrook responded.
As you watch the video, it is clear that Surbrook's actions are nothing less than torturous as he continues forcing the K-9 to tear into the driver, despite having absolutely no justifiable reason.
“I’m not moving, sir, I’m not moving," the driver says.
“Do you got him?” Surbrooks asks the other officer if he has the passenger under control, ignoring the fact that his dog is nearly killing a man.
"Please sir my legs are tore up, you got me. Sir?”
“Stay on him,” the sadistic cop orders.
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“Please sir, please sir, please I’m begging you sir, please sir, please, please sir…please.”
“Come on, sir…He’s trying to choke me. Sir, please, please stop, please,” the driver said. “Sir he’s choking me sir.”
Surbrook said again, “I don’t care.”
This exchange went on for four minutes. Four minutes.
When he finally removed the dog from the bloodied and mauled driver, Surbrook was ecstatic at what he just witnessed and celebrated the horrific act of unnecessary violence he just inflicted.
"Good boy, God damn time, holy f**k, good boy, good boy,” he said.
When he gets on the phone, he tells the person on the other end, “it was a good bite.”
According to the Lansing State Journal, the hospital documented bite injuries to his head, left shoulder blade, left bicep, left forearm, left-side rib area, both sides of his pelvic bone area, his genitals and the top of his thighs.
In his report Surbrook lied and claimed the driver fled which is why the K-9 was deployed. But that was quickly discredited after his supervisor watched the video.
Surbrook’s supervisor, Lt. Ryan Maki, said Surbrook’s statements and report after the arrest “led him to believe the suspect had ran on foot and that K9 Knox was deployed to perform the chase and hold to stop the suspect as he was running.”
When Maki watched the video, however, he realized Surbrook was not telling the truth.
"While the unfortunate reality for police officers is that use of force is sometimes a necessary action to ensure the protection of themselves or others, care and concern for human life should always be at the forefront of any police officer's actions," Col. Joe Gasper, director of MSP, said in a statement. "This makes Trooper Surbrook's disregard of the driver's pleas for help totally unacceptable."
"Unacceptable" is the understatement of the year. His actions were criminal, sadistic, and torturous.
Michigan State Rep. Sarah Anthony agrees, and said in a press release that the prolonged biting equates to torture, and that racism and police brutality were happening "in our own backyard."
"Today, I watched an unarmed Black man be mauled by police dog for nearly four minutes under the direct orders of a Michigan State Police Officer trooper," Anthony said. "This is a blatant abuse of power and can only be described as torture. This incident, and every one we've witnessed liked it, is heartbreaking and infuriating."
Exactly what the driver and passenger were charged with remains a mystery. What is clear, however, is that the torture in the video below should never be inflicted on anyone for simply running away from the police.