When a Battle Creek, Michigan couple petitioned the court to hold police officers accountable for shooting and killing their dogs while executing a search warrant looking for evidence of drugs, a 6th Circuit Court judge on Monday ruled officers are allowed to shoot your dog if they enter your home.
Two dogs, belonging to Mark and Cheryl Brown, were repeatedly shot and then purposely killed because they moved and barked. According to the Washington Examiner, police entered the couple’s home, which amounted to the unlawful seizure of property in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Their dogs barked at the door. One officer shot the first pit bull after he said the dog “had only moved a few inches,” perceiving the movement as a “lunge.” The injured dog ran away and hid in the basement, but the officer found the dog and shot him again. A second dog was also killed. The second dog did not approach the officer, and was described as “just standing there,” and barking. She was also shot to death.
The officers killed both injured dogs rather than seek veterinary help for either one.
“Officer Case saw that ‘there was blood coming out of numerous holes in the dog, and (Officer Case) didn’t want to see it suffer’ so he put her out of her misery and fired the last shot.”
In his opinion, Judge Eric Clay stated deadly force used against a dog during a search of a home for illegal drug activity is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment when the officer feels an imminent threat to his safety. Judge Clay decided the Browns did not provide evidence showing their first dog didn’t lunge at the officers nor that the second dog didn’t bark.
Watch out for the safety of your dogs – even in your own home. Whatever happened to police officers being trained to deal with dogs rather than using deadly force? Why couldn’t the police officers instructed the couple to secure the dogs in a safe place? Rest in peace pups.
(Photo of cops can shoot your dog via Facebook)
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