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Court: Police can shoot a dog if it moves, barks when officers enter a home

Discussion in 'Dog Ordinances & Laws' started by Vicki, Dec 25, 2016.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member

    Court: Police can shoot a dog if it moves, barks when officers enter a home
    WTEN Staff Published: December 23, 2016, 5:21 am

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWS10) – A federal court ruled that police can shoot a dog if it moves or barks when an officer enters a home.

    The decision stems from an incident in Battle Creek, Michigan where, according to court documents, police shot and killed a dog while executing a search warrant on a home looking for drugs.

    Mark and Cheryl Brown filed a petition with the court to hold the officers and the city responsible for the deaths of their dogs in 2013.

    They said that the officers “unlawfully seized their property in violation of the Fourth Amendment when officers shot and killed two dogs while executing a search warrant.”

    One of the officers testified that he shot the first pit bull after it appeared to move “a few inches” and lunged at him. According to court documents, the dog then retreated to the basement, where the officer shot and killed it.

    Court documents say the officer shot the second dog after it went to the basement, turned sideways and barked at the officers.

    Another officer then shot and killed the dog after it ran into the back corner.

    The officer saw “there was blood coming out of numerous holes in the dog and…did not want to see it suffer so he put her out of her misery and fired the last shot.”

    In the decision, the court said Mark and Cheryl Brown failed to provide evidence that the first dog did not lunge at police and that the second dog did not bark.

    “Given the totality of the circumstances and viewed from the perspective of an objectively reasonable officer, the dog poses an imminent threat to the officer’s safety,” Judge Eric Clay wrote in the decision. “The standard we set out today is that a police officer’s use of deadly force against a dog while executing a search warrant to search a home for illegal drug activity is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment when…the dog poses an imminent threat to the officer’s safety.”
  2. Saiyagin

    Saiyagin Chihuahua Premium Member

    This is one of the many laws that is fucked up......Almost 99% of all dogs will move and bark at anyone they do not know entering there home as dogs are not able to distinguish the difference between a citizen and a fucking (cop) PIG. LMAO

    This law will give the popo any EXCUSE to justify the killing of innocent animals even though there lives were not in any danger at all.
    I remember an old article of a cop justifying the killing of ones dog when they entered someone elses yard without a warrent and when the dog lunged at him the cop said he feared for his life so he shot the dog....what made this cops story full of shit was the dog was only a 6-7lbs chihuahua mix. LMAO

    We are living in times when common sense is no longer common and where one makes laws based on delusional and twisted reasons.
    david63 and treezpitz like this.
  3. AGK

    AGK Super duper pooper scooper Administrator

    Funny how the mailman, paperboy, meter readers etc. come into contact with people's dogs 1000x more than police do yet never have the need to shoot someone's dog.
    RawGame, Saiyagin, amistad and 2 others like this.
  4. promoe

    promoe Premium Member Premium Member

    I see "pit bulls" getting shot by the police all the time on the news in my area. It is pretty fckd up actually... because 9 out of 10 times its when the SD Sheriffs Dept. is serving a warrant on somebody and they are in the neighboring yard/yards. How would you feel if you came home to your animal being shot because your neighbor had a warrant from DUI court?
    Saiyagin likes this.
  5. david63

    david63 CH Dog

    You've heard the saying never mind the Dogs beware of owner.
  6. david63

    david63 CH Dog

    IF my dog are in my fenced in yard or in my house and Sheriff Dep or Police Dep shot my dog because of this new Law it's going to be too wet to plow.

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