Man speaks out after police unleashed K-9 on him during traffic stop: ‘Traumatized’

A Black Ohio man said he was “traumatized” after police unleashed a K-9 on him during a traffic stop while investigating a vehicle wrongly believed to be stolen, body camera footage shows.

The Toledo chapter of the NAACP this week called the release of the police dog “unwarranted” and “inhumane.”

Brandon Upchurch, 38, of Toledo, told ABC News he was bitten seven times on the forearm and elbow by the K-9 after he was apprehended on April 11 and has not been able to work since.

PHOTO: Brandon Upchurch speaks with ABC News, April 20, 2024.

Brandon Upchurch speaks with ABC News, April 20, 2024.

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“My elbow was already messed up,” he told ABC News correspondent Ike Ejiochi. “I can not do anything.”

PHOTO: Photos of injuries Brandon Upchurch said he suffered during a traffic stop after officers unleashed a K-9 on him.

Photos of injuries Brandon Upchurch said he suffered during a traffic stop after officers unleashed a K-9 on him.

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Upchurch said he was driving his cousin home from work when officers pulled him over.

“They immediately came out with their guns drawn,” he said. “They didn’t come to my car and ask me for a driver’s license, insurance, etc.”

Upchurch was arrested on suspicion of a stolen vehicle, according to body camera footage released by Toledo police. Police repeatedly ask him to get out of the vehicle, as Upchurch can be heard on the footage asking why they pulled him over.

Once he gets out of the truck, officers order him to look away from them. Upchurch repeatedly asks, “What did I get pulled over for?” Officers order him several times to get on the ground. As Upchurch takes a few steps away from the curb and begins to kneel, an officer unleashes the K-9 on him, the footage shows.

“Man, I ain’t even doin’ nothing,” Upchurch says in the footage, then repeatedly asks the officers, “What did I do?”

PHOTO: A still from body camera footage released by Toledo police during a traffic stop involving a K-9 on April 11, 2024.

A still from body camera footage released by Toledo police during a traffic stop involving a K-9 on April 11, 2024.

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While handcuffing Upchurch, an officer told him the truck had a stolen license plate, which Upchurch repeatedly denied.

After Upchurch requests medical attention, an officer tells him, “That’s coming.” After walking away, the officer tells a colleague that Upchurch was a “testy child” for asking for medical attention.

Following Upchurch’s arrest, officers can be heard on the footage realizing that the information they had on the license plate was incorrect and had been an “error” or “misread” by the license plate reader, and that the vehicle’s license plate that Upchurch controlled was incorrect. does not match the license plate of the alleged stolen vehicle.

“Now I know it’s not the license plate,” the officer says.

Upchurch told ABC News he did not pose a threat or attempt to flee.

“This is inappropriate due to a stolen tag,” Upchurch said. “All they had to do was check the plates again and find it wasn’t stolen.”

“I have a license, I have insurance, everything is clean with me,” he said. “He even said on his bodycam that he messed up.”

Upchurch was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction. The complaint alleged that he ignored “multiple commands” from officers while they were investigating a stolen vehicle and “refused to comply throughout the entire event.”

ABC News has contacted the Toledo Police Department and the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office for comment.

The Toledo chapter of the NAACP has demanded a thorough investigation into the incident, saying the incident is reminiscent of police use of K-9s against black protesters during the civil rights era.

“Our police are here to serve our neighborhoods, not to occupy them, even when they believe a violation of the law has been committed,” the organization said in a statement Friday. “We rely on our police to be honest and fair in dealing with community members because, as in this case, officers can be misinformed.”

“Incidents like these not only hinder progress in positive community and police relations, but also demonstrate a glaring need for training,” the statement continued. “We’re not going back to the 1960s!”

Upchurch told ABC News he “needs justice.”

“It scared me. I’m really traumatized,” he said. “Someone needs to be held accountable.”

“If we had sneezed wrong, I think it would have ended badly,” he said.