US Court rules that cops can kill dogs just for being dogs
Mark and Cheryl Brown, of Battle Creek, Michigan, filed a lawsuit against the BATTLE CREEK Police Department; the City of Battle Creek, and police officers Jeffrey Case, Christof Klein, and Damon Young; for killing their two pit bulls with no justification .
The incident happened when police were busted the Browns house in search of a man, Vincent Jones, who was reported to be distributing heroin, cocaine, and marijuana from the residence. Jones was arrested before police arrived on the site.
For his surprise, when Mark Brown went home on his lunch break to release his two dogs, the police arrived and apprehended him.
The Browns challenged the claims by police that the dogs were barking. According to officer Klein, the larger dog was barking at him, but later admitted the pet had only moved a few inches.
There was no attack at the officers, but they shot a round to scare off the two pit bulls who ran away to the basement.
The cops followed the dogs there and shot them dead on the grounds that they felt that they could not properly clear the room and effectively execute the search warrant on the home.
Despite the clearly violent truth about the incident, the appellate court ruled in favor of the officers; the police department, and the other defendants. They agreed with the lower court ruling that the police officers were covered under the so called”doctrine of qualified immunity”, and were therefore discharged from any liability for compensating the plaintiffs in the case.
This is an outrage… isn’t it? We are not blissfully unaware of the brutal treatment by police officers with regards to our dogs – I have seen many videos and read many reports on incidents when police shoot and kill family dogs. Each one breaks my heart further than the last. It is such a problem that needs to be addressed. I just wish more and more people knew about it. Please share this article using the button below to spread the information with regards to this.
Perhaps then something will be done if enough people know about it. Because one day when it happens to your fur-child you may feel the same way I do. But trust me you don’t want to. Thank you for sharing.