Skip to comments.Topeka police officer shoots, kills dog
Posted on 05/14/2012 6:32:00 PM PDT by Altariel
Several neighbors in the 1100 block of S.W. Plass Ave. were upset Monday night after a Topeka police officer drew his weapon and shot a dog to death.
He drew his gun and fired five or six shots, said neighbor Constantinos Miklas Acton. He killed that dog dead for no reason.
Acton said he was painting guttering on the front of his house about 7 p.m. Monday when he saw a uniformed officer approach a neighbors house and knock on the door.
Acton said the officer didnt get an answer so he walked across S.W. Plass Avenue and made contact with Acton. The officer told Acton there had been a call about a barking dog, Acton said. After the two spoke briefly, the officer went back to the house and Acton went back to work. A few minutes later, Acton took a break and saw the dog, a German shepherd and border collie mix, galloping playfully toward the officer.
A few seconds later, shots rang out.
He knew I saw it, Acton said. He really got hot under the collar.
Topeka police Sgt. Jennifer Cross didnt release the officers name Monday night. She did confirm there had been several calls made about a barking dog and another dog possibly loose in the area.
She said the officer tried to make contact with the dogs owner, and when the dog approached the officer, he felt in danger.
His training is to protect himself, Cross said.
Detectives and officers spent more than an hour talking to neighbors. Cross said the investigation is ongoing.
On Monday night, several neighbors watched as police worked in the driveway where the dog was shot at 1181 S.W. Plass.
The owners of the dog, who arrived at the scene after the shooting, were visibly upset.
One woman shouted at a group of officers that she was upset they shot and killed the dog when there are other crimes happening in Topeka.
Neighbor Audrey Dukes said the dog, who neighbors call Dallas, often played with her children and was friendly. Dukes said she saw the dog earlier in the evening without a leash. She added that the dog never was unfriendly toward her three children.
She said she is upset because the officer fired several shots at a friendly dog when we have a block full of kids outside playing.
When Dukes tried to talk to the officer who shot the dog and a corporal on the scene, she said she was treated rudely.
They told me to mind my own business, Dukes said. They wouldnt tell us anything. We had a police officer out here who shot a dog five or six times. I think the Topeka police handled this poorly. There was no way that dog was aggressive. And five or six shots? I dont know the reason the officer had to shoot Dallas. Its unbelievable.
What is that? The white house menu?
why does this keep happening ?
Because an increasing number of cops have this attitude:
“When Dukes tried to talk to the officer who shot the dog and a corporal on the scene, she said she was treated rudely.
They told me to mind my own business, Dukes said. They wouldnt tell us anything. We had a police officer out here who shot a dog five or six times. I think the Topeka police handled this poorly. There was no way that dog was aggressive. And five or six shots? I dont know the reason the officer had to shoot Dallas. Its unbelievable.”
When their actions are (gasp) questioned by a free citizen, the government employee dares to rebuke her.
Because many cops are cowardly bullies, and apparently have less training in dealing with dogs than my toddlers did.
All cops have this streak in them. The only thing in question is when & where they’ll unload.
The dog shooting Thing is about desensitizing. They’ll eventually graduate to those not opposing them.
There needs to be a grand jury investigation....
Acton should testify...
the Cop needs to go to Prison.
When they shoot or beat innocent people (non-convicted people) we don’t get nearly as upset as when they murder innocent pets.
We are all nuts, in my opinion, they reflect the insanity of the society they serve. We love the innocent dog more than we love the presumption of innocence of person next door.
Don’t mean to take away from the outrage that happened to this family pet. But I want freepers (not you in particular) to realize they need to love unconvicted humans as much as they love unconvicted dogs. Police are being trained to disrespect the criminal justice system of the constitution which would naturally extend from humans to pets.
Who here has condemned mistreatment or execution of animals by police (or other government employees working in “law enforcement”), but not condemned mistreatment or murder of humans by police?
You need to read further. There are a few FReepers who believe that cops can do no wrong, but I suggest you look up Jose Guerena or Kelly Thomas in the keywords. A majority is totally against the misuse of police power.
This dog-killing is another facet of the police state which is slowly being imposed. Most of us are outraged by every aspect of the current situation.
I just can't seem to remember cops doing this kind of thing 20 or 30 years ago. Firing a weapon 5 or 6 times in a neighborhood on account of a dog? Shooting a family pet 5 times in a resistential neighborhood?
I think the reason cops do this isn't (necessarily) that they are bullies or psychopaths. I think they do it because they know damned well that they CAN. They know they won't be held accountable. When is the last time any of you read an article of a cop losing his job for unacceptable performance?
It seems these days the cops are more of a problem than the crooks.
“why does this keep happening ?”
Because Americans are allowing it to happen. That’s why.
If every cop who shot a dog unjustifiably was personally sued by the family that owned it and by the surrounding neighbors how fast do you think it would stop?
What if families and/or neighbors brought their guns out and shot the officers shooting their dogs? How long do you think that kind of abuse of power would happen?
Humans have the rule of law and justice.
Dogs do not.
Big difference. Has nothing to do with the amount of compassion for the wrongful deaths of either.
I hate to see any dog shot but the problem started when someone let their dog run loose. There is no reason for anyone (cop or not)to have to chance being mauled by a vicious dog. I would be mad a hell if someone shot my dog but would not blame anyone but myself if I was the one that let him loose in the neighborhood. I feel really bad for the dog and his owners but cops do not have ESP. My dog is as nice as any I have known but could really do some damage if so inclined. Police can instruct another human being to show their hands to or stop but dogs are faster and don’t always respond to strangers. Really sad situation but not criminal without more facts.
“Shooting a family pet 5 times in a resistential neighborhood?”
Proof that typos can be our friends. I like the “resistential “ adjective you created. Shooting dogs without reason should create resistance in all neighborhoods.
The officer’s response in this situation (towards the dog, the dog’s owner, and the neighbor) was FAR worse than the owner’s failure to have the dog on his property.
If you or I had told the people who pay our salary to “mind their own business”, how long would we draw salary at our employers?
Don’t excuse the behavior of bad officers.
Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t know you were there. Can you tell me what happened?
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