VIDEO: Outrage Over 'Police Brutality,' Then DV Suspect's Victim Speaks Out

Dylan Ites has been charged with multiple offenses in connection with the May 3 attack.

Sioux Falls, SD – A woman who was choked and brutally beaten during a domestic violence incident defended the officers and police K9 who came to her rescue, amid allegations that they used excessive force during her attacker’s arrest (video below).

“Let me make this loud and clear,” the victim, Brooke Michele, said in a Facebook post on Saturday. “These officers and K-9 Spike saved my life. He would have came back, found me and killed me. I am forever thankful - words cannot express my gratefulness.”

Her alleged attacker, 27-year-old Dylan Keith Ites, has been charged with fleeing from police, resisting arrest, interference with emergency communications, and aggravated assault domestic in connection with the May 3 assault, according to the Argus Leader.

Brooke said that she previously had a no contact order against Ites, her former boyfriend, due to another assault that took place in November of 2018, according to her Facebook post.

“He attempted to run me off the road while smashing my face into my steering wheel,” she said of that incident. “This past Monday [4/29/19] his PREVIOUS no contact order was dropped. He didn’t make it even ONE WEEK without assaulting me again.”

Brooke said she was at home with her children when Ites showed up on May 3, KELO reported.

She agreed to speak with him in her garage, but he became upset when she told him that their relationship was over, she said.

“He just kind of got this blank stare and looked at me and said, 'If you aren't a part of the plan and if I can't have you, then no one can and so I'm going to have to kill you,” Brooke told the news outlet. “And he says sorry while he's telling me that.”

Ites proceeded to choke her multiple times, she wrote in her Facebook post.

Brooke managed to 911 more than once, but he slammed her against the wall and the floor of the garage when he realized what she was doing, and hung up the phone, she said.

“He attempted to choke me and I squirmed and fought out of it. But it wasn’t enough - his strength overpowered me,” she wrote. “He dragged me across my garage floor by my hair and secured both of his hands around my neck with all of his strength…I though that was truly it for me.”

Brooke said she was alone and lying partially under a vehicle when she regained consciousness a few minutes later.

Her phone was gone, but she managed to run outside, where she was spotted by a construction worker.

Sioux Falls police and K9 Spike responded to the scene, and ended up in a 15-20 minute foot pursuit with Ites, the Argus Leader reported.

They ultimately cornered him in a window well outside a residence near Ellis Road and 26th Street.

A bystander’s cell phone footage showed the brief standoff between Ites and the officers.

“Get out, or you’re gonna get bit!” the officer warned him, as he held K9 Spike back.

Ites hoisted himself into a sitting position on the edge of the window well, but refused to follow any other commands, the video showed.

“[The officer] didn't know if the guy had any weapons on him, he didn't know if there were any weapons...in the window well," Sioux Falls Police Department (SFPD) spokesperson Sam Clemens told the Argus Leader. "It was pretty obvious he wasn't going to listen to the commands that the officers were giving."

The officer advanced on Ites and kicked him away from the window well. K9 Spike then latched onto him as additional officers arrived to take him into custody, the video showed.

While some criticized the officers for using K9 Spike to help subdue Ites, Brooke praised them for quickly taking a dangerous suspect into custody.

“Those officers and that K-9 unit needed to secure an arrest as this man was and IS a very large danger to myself, the public and also to the officers,” she wrote in her Facebook post. “They did not know if he was armed or what he was capable of. They had no choice but to pursue this in an aggressive manner.”

The attack left Brooke with a concussion, multiple neck and skull contusions, bruises and scratches all over her body, a broken toe, an injured jaw, and neck strain, she said.

She also suffered hemoptysis, “the term for coughing up blood due to direct, prolonged physical injury and trauma to my airways,” she wrote.

Ites was transported to a local hospital, where he received stitches to close up the bite wound caused by K9 Spike, the Argus Leader reported.

K9 Spike's partner will not be placed on administrative leave while the internal investigation into the use-of-force incident is conducted, Clemens said.

"The K-9 did what it was supposed to do," Clemens added. "The guy had been given many instructions to lay down or he was going to be bit."

“Open up your eyes, society,” Brooke’s post read. “My life was on the line and he was not complying to law enforcement commands, interfered twice with my attempts to call 911 and he IS very much a danger to all. The dog bite he received is a crumb to this entire pie.”

You can watch cell phone footage of the officers’ encounter with Ites in the video below. WARNING - Graphic Content:

Comments (30)
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AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Thank you, Brooke, for speaking up in support. I hope your healing continues.

nunyadamnbiznezz
nunyadamnbiznezz

He was hiding like a pussy after he beat up a woman...what a COWARD. He got everything he deserved.

Jenifer1947
Jenifer1947

GOOD DOG. STEAK TONIGHT.

Da$
Da$

Why is this "graphic?" It is simply what happens when a violent felon refuses to comply with numerous lawful commands.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Looks like payback to me. Let the Biting continue.

61mouse
61mouse

Looks like the guy video taping this lost his balls

LynnSB
LynnSB

Brook ~ I am so very sorry that this has happened to you (have been there myself) the Judges DON"T Listen or Don't Care -- Thank you for being strong and for coming out and Supporting the Police Officer and K9 Spike -- I wish I had these Police coming to my aid when things happened to me-- Stay Strong Lady and God Bless !! Way to go Officer and SPIKE Great Job !! (if it where me I would buy you a Steak )

yelyana
yelyana

Spike knew he was a really, really bad guy. Good Boy!

JBo
JBo

Ummmmm...tastes like chicken!

McScoot
McScoot

I just love a happy ending. Pup needs a treat once in a while. I believe the LE was showing great restraint considering what he did to that poor lady. Domestic violence is one step before a murder.

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

I love to watch a K9 work. It amazes me every time how focused and highly trained they are. And how much they seem to like to work. Good dog! Good dog! PS the criminal: that’s what happens when you are an asshole and refuse to follow orders. All you whiners go kiss some socialist’s ass.

gfc1963
gfc1963

What 'brutality'?? That pos nearly killed a woman and people want to have a go at the cops??!! Unbelievable!

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Mr john q public calls this abuse by dog n cop? U sir r an idiot for posting this n saying that. Good job officer n k nine too. Did what trained to do n any who say otherwise r dead wrong

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Another low IQ hug a thug cop hating liberal who has no clue what this POS scumbag had just tried to do that warranted this take down. There needs to start being consequences for idiots who post stuff like this without all the facts!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Good boy, Spike! 👍👍

Oldvlc
Oldvlc

That video was not "disturbing". It was entertaining.

ArmyRangerMom
ArmyRangerMom

What a pussy. He’s man enough to beat the hell out of that woman causing her extreme physical damage. But instantly turns into a blubbering pussy when bit by the dog. Fucking loser. Every thug deserves a slug... or a dog bite! I was hoping he’d take off so we could watch K9 Spike take him down in about 5 seconds! Graphic? Hahaha. I loved it! Good boy Spike! Good boy!

Sinus Constabularius
Sinus Constabularius

Always enjoy the. k-9 using some wife abusing skell as a chew toy...

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I think there are two issues here: the POS who beat up his ex deserves everything that the court gives him, but once he was out of the well, why was the dog not called off?

Once it was out of the well and not resisting, the dog should have been called off, and the officers could arrest him.
I'm sure the victim is glad the officers took him into custody, and the attacker deserves to be in jail, after watching the video, I have to agree with the general public: it appears excessive. He didn't appear to be resisting, and her comments or opinions about the dog are completely irrelevant (and I'm sure that she felt it was appropriate, based on the injuries he caused to her).

Deadfan73
Deadfan73

Ahahaaahaaaaha....everybody’s a hard ass until the fir-missle latches on to your muffin top ass! Degenerate got exactly what he was asking for!

Propolice
Propolice

Thank You Brooke for supporting your rescuers! About time people learn to obey law enforcers. Consequences!

CrowWingKid
CrowWingKid

How do I send Spike a Steak...and a 1/2 cold beer?! Good Boy Indeed! :)

ehelldane
ehelldane

“They did not know if he was armed or what he was capable of. They had no choice but to pursue this in an aggressive manner.”

Not knowing if he's dangerous is not a reason to use force. They can wait and talk him in for hours if need be. The perp was likely afraid, and acting appropriately considering the danger the cop and K9 posed to him. Cops should not be trained to escalate in response to non-compliance. Addressing known threats with force is ok, addressing unknowns or non-compliance with force is not.

People who commit crimes don't stop being people. If you wouldn't sick a K9 on a 4 year old who 'might' have a gun, then you shouldn't sick a K9 on a perp u're chasing just cause he might, and especially not because either are 'not following orders!' That's just abusive... Where do you think abusers learn to be abusive.

There's no such thing as a difference between what's okay for a judge, or a cop, or a parent, and what's okay for a husband or a boyfriend. Not when violence is concerned. Positions of athority mean more responsibility, not privilege; they mean knowing better and acting better, setting a good example.

I hope none of the people posting inhuman and pro-violent comments here have kids or partners, or friends, or coworkers, or neighbors, they use the same logic for. It's bad enough they do so easily and purposefully for strangers, imagine if the said the same thing about you just because you did something they didn't like or approve of.