Is it an epidemic? Who knows? But in the last two days, police under no real threat, have shot dogs.
CASE ONE: Hawthorn California. Four police cars roll into this residential neighborhood. The reason? Unknown. The result of this invasion is.
A curious bi-stander questions two white police officers who don't seem particularly involved in the action that brought them to this predominantly Black neighborhood why there are eight white officers and no blacks or Hispanics. That question, or in the minds of these two wildly uncontrollable officers is considered a taunt. For that they handcuff him to arrest him. Charge? They'll make something up on the way to the station. The arrested man's dog approaches, barking. But when he gets to the cops, he sniffs, then turns away. The trigger happy cop, in no apparent danger, shoots the dog three times. Writhing in pain until he bleeds out, the cops just watch and one actually appears to be laughing while the dog's owner is led away.
No human captured. One dog, thanks to provoking of the police, dead. If you care for animals, you will be quite distressed by the accompanying video. It will break your heart.
CASE TWO: (Perhaps more egregious when you read the details.)
Just outside Chicago, two South Holland police officers arrived while plaintiff Randy Green and his family were asleep inside of their home.Their dog, Grady, was sitting on the front porch.
Both South Holland officers were equipped with dog-catching poles in the trunks of their vehicles, but neither attempted to use the dog-catching poles to capture the purported dog at large. Instead, South Holland officer Chad Barden stood, with his gun drawn, near the Green family home while the dog Grady sat peacefully on the front porch.
The dog Grady walked past both officers on more than one occasion without incident, thereafter lazily returning to the front porch of the Green residence. At no time did the dog Grady make physical contact with either officer.The South Holland police officers stood outside the Green family home for approximately twenty minutes.
At this time, the dog Grady approached Officer Barden again as he was standing near the Green family home. Shortly thereafter, Officer Barden shot the dog Grady three times for no reason.
Grady, wounded, ran into the back yard and his owner rushed outside to help him and take him to a vet.
Citing an Expert Report, Green claims that "video surveillance footage from the Green family residence revealed the absence of any charging, lunging or showing of teeth by the dog Grady and instead showed the dog Grady seeking greater distance between the officer and himself, displaying 'calming [body] signals by looking away from the officers and showing his [Grady's] flank, and moving in a trot."