The body cam video of a Red Bluff police officer who shot and killed a family’s two St. Bernard dogs will not be released. According to Action News, the incident which occurred two weeks ago, will not be made public as decided on Monday by the city attorney.
In an email to Action News, Lieutenant Matt Hansen forwarded the following email:
“Our City Attorney has just been able to see the body camera video and get briefed by the Chief. He is of the opinion that since this is still an ongoing investigation that will likely end up in litigation the body camera video and 911 calls will not be released at this time. The officer involved in this incident and the personnel at our department continue to receive threatening emails and phone calls from animal rights activists. A release of a even a portion of video showing the officer’s actions were justified would only be met by demands for more. The shooting of the animals is graphic and in of itself disturbing. We can see no good coming from its release.”
According to the Red Bluff Police Department report, police had received a call regarding two St. Bernard dogs running loose on Nelson Drive. The person calling in the situation told authorities the dogs had chased a little girl riding her bicycle, and the dogs were acting aggressively. When the officer arrived, he used pepper spray to deter the dogs at which time the dogs ran away. The officer said he followed the dogs in his patrol car trying to find out where they lived. When they entered the yard of a home, the officer exited his patrol car and spoke with a neighbor, but suddenly the officer said the dogs began to bark and charged at him aggressively; the officer stated he became trapped between his car and a fence as the dogs approached. He pulled his revolver and fired several shots at one of the dogs closest to him contending the other dog kept barking aggressively. He then fired at the second dog killing him.
A conflicting report by eyewitness Amy Ball paints a different account of the situation, stating the report written on the Red Bluff Police Department’s Facebook page is completely false. When Amy first spotted the dogs in her front yard, other dogs began barking at them. The St. Bernards, who just moved into the neighborhood with their owner, had escaped from their backyard with Amy stating the dogs were not bothering anyone and just exploring the area.
Amy stated the officer pushed the dogs with his vehicle, and moments later fired multiple gun shots. Even though she screamed at the officer to stop shooting, the officer continued until one dog dropped and then took aim at the other dog which had been walking away.
The two dogs, Alegra and Annie have since both died. Why so many shots were fired at the dogs remains unknown. Animal advocates can’t understand why the complete body cam video can’t be released – everyone wants to find out what really happened.
Rest in peace sweet dogs.
(Photos of dogs shot in Red Bluff via Amy Ball on FB)
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(Photos two St. Bernard dogs via Facebook Amy Ball, Kevin Hutchinson)