Review: Officers did not violate policy during traffic stop | Ohio News
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a review of standards found two Dayton officers did not violate department policy when they pulled a driver who said he was disabled from his car during of a drug-related traffic stop last fall.
The Dayton Daily News reports that the department’s Office of Professional Standards engaged a third party to determine whether the officer’s actions during the Sept. 30 traffic stop involving Clifford Owensby complied with department policy at the time.
Owensby, who said he had no use of his legs, said he felt helpless when he was pulled from the car to the ground and handcuffed before being placed in the back of a police car. Police said officers were part of a narcotics investigation and saw the car leaving a suspected drug house. Because of this and the driver’s “drug and weapons criminal history”, a K-9 team was called in for a “gratuitous air sniffer” which, per department policy, required the occupants to vacate. the vehicle for their safety and that of the dog, the police mentioned.
Chief Kamran Afzal said last week that the request for a canine sniff in the open air and the traffic stop did not violate department policy, but the two officers had violated a policy regarding muting body cameras and one of them made a comment deemed unprofessional. They received a training note regarding the violations.
The department is revising its policy to ensure it complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and will seek to improve officer training and education as well as building trust within the community, Afzal said. .
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