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Police kill dog that allegedly bit 2 lawmen
Key West Citizen and Bait Wrapper ^ | Saturday, January 7, 2012 | ADAM LINHARDT Citizen Staff

Posted on 01/07/2012 1:22:52 PM PST by Elle Bee

A dog that reportedly bit a policeman during a domestic battery investigation last year was shot dead Wednesday night by a detective during a drug raid at the same house, according to Key West police reports.

Buddie, a 5-year-old pit bull terrier mix, was shot in the head by Detective Michael Chaustit, who reportedly fired one bullet from his .45-caliber service handgun while the dog's mouth was clamped down on his left hand -- requiring three stitches at Lower Keys Medical Center. A veterinarian euthanized the dog at the scene about an hour laterreports say.

During a 9 p.m. raid at 1015 South St., Chaustit and federal agents went to a room where they reportedly heard a dog barking and a man's voice. When Chaustit opened the door -- the tenant alleges they kicked it down -- the dog charged at him, reports say. Chaustit reportedly took several steps back and made room for the dog to escape, but the dog "did not use the open path of escape" and jumped and bit his hand instead.

Fearing further bodily harm, Chaustit said he placed his Glock handgun against the dog's head and fired one round, causing the dog to drop to the floor.

The raid turned up no arrests and only a small amount of marijuana -- 1.2 grams, or about a joint's worth -- as well as two pipes, a grinder, a scale and some baggies containing marijuana residue, reports say.

Tenant and dog owner Aaron Paul Strickland, 28, was given a notice to appear in court for possession of drug paraphernalia, and his roommate, David Tuten, 22, was cited for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The raid was conducted by members of the city's Special Operations Unit, federal Drug Enforcement Agency and federal Homeland Security Investigations. The city's unit regularly works alongside federal agents in drug investigations, city/police spokeswoman Alyson Crean said.

The same dog bit Officer Curtiss Richardson in the forearm in August while officers were investigating a possible domestic disturbance at the same house, reports say. Richardson attempted to use his Taser on the dog when it jumped and bit him, causing the Taser prongs to miss the dog and hit Richardson's own leg, reports say.

Strickland was arrested in that incident and charged with two felony counts of battery on a police officer and obstructing an officer. He is currently on probation, he said.

The incidents in August and on Wednesday have left Strickland frustrated, he said. He claims he does not do drugs and that police lacked probable cause to raid his house, much less kill his dog.

Strickland lives with five other roommates and was not home when the raid occurred Wednesday. When he arrived and police informed him why they were there, he said he was comfortable that there were no drugs in the house, though he added he couldn't fully account for his roommates' possessions.

Strickland claims none of the marijuana or paraphernalia were found in his room or in his possession.

"They said they found weed in our trash," Strickland said, adding it couldn't have been much, because he lives in the house and would be aware of drug activity.

Instead, Strickland said he feels he's become a victim of police harassment. He added that police knew his dog was in the house, from their first incident in August and by their own admission when they heard the dog barking Wednesday night.

"A judge found enough probable cause to issue a search warrant," Crean countered. "Our detectives took their suspicions to a judge and she [county Judge Peary Fowler] found sufficient reason to issue the warrant."

Both Strickland and Tuten are scheduled to appear before Fowler on Jan. 19.

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marijuana -- 1.2 grams, or about a joint's worth --

I'm not advocating the use of drugs but these jack-boots are out of control

Sounds like the dog had made a cop look stupid and his pals came back with the hit squad and took the dog out point blank with a .45

Let’s see, the police can go through your garbage without a warrant because it’s in the public domain and no longer your possession.

Then they can use the “evidence” they claim to find therein the public domain to get a warrant to raid your house when they find a judge who believes that people throw pot out in their trash?

Then dress up in their SWAT costumes and they get their buds from the DEA and Homeland Security to kick down your door and shoot your dog – then let it bleed out for an hour

Thise raids have happened at least half a dozen times down here in the past few months but they never find much of anything.

There’s a yahoo State Attorney named Dennis Ward down here who is a nightmare.

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1 posted on 01/07/2012 1:22:55 PM PST by Elle Bee
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; ...
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2 posted on 01/07/2012 1:25:27 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem. meum)
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To: Elle Bee

” was shot dead Wednesday night “

” A veterinarian euthanized the dog at the scene about an hour later “
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well, which was it?


3 posted on 01/07/2012 1:27:27 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre
we'll never get the truth from the local paper or the local cops

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4 posted on 01/07/2012 1:36:22 PM PST by Elle Bee
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To: mamelukesabre
No Joke ...they actually made this pederast chief of the Key West Police Department - we now have another gay chief now

It’s Okay For a Cop (the New Key West Police Chief) To Have sex With a Minor (17 yr old boy) in a patrol car and at his home

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This Attorney after having been convicted for three nickels with mandatory jail time is given community service to work on land development deals for the city and county .... precisely what he was convicted of feloniously doing for his clients

Convicted on FBI Tapes @ Nudist Bar, Key West Bag Man Gets Only Probation From Retiring Judge

You can't make this stuff up

Key West PD

In June 1984, the Key West Police Department in Monroe County, Florida was declared a criminal enterprise under the Federal RICO statutes after a lengthy United States Department of Justice investigation. Several high-ranking officers of the department, including Deputy Police Chief Raymond Cassamayor, were arrested on federal charges of running a protection racket for illegal cocaine smugglers. At trial, a witness testified he routinely delivered bags of cocaine to the Deputy Chief's office at City Hall.

Click on Headline:

Key West Police Department Called a 'Criminal Enterprise' - New York Times

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5 posted on 01/07/2012 1:39:22 PM PST by Elle Bee
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To: Elle Bee
"They said they found weed in our trash," Strickland said, adding it couldn't have been much, because he lives in the house and would be aware of drug activity.

That is enough for me to throw down the BS flag right there.

No doper throws away weed. That is like throwing away money.

Even if the weed is not to your liking you can always sell it.

This warrant smells to high heaven.

6 posted on 01/07/2012 2:02:29 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Elle Bee
"...He claims he does not do drugs and that police lacked probable cause to raid his house, much less kill his dog"

He might be right about the raiding his house part, but if a pit bull is clamped on your arm then polite requests are out of the question.

The frickin' beast didn't die after taking a .45 round to the head!

Another dead pit bull.... another happy ending!

7 posted on 01/07/2012 2:02:39 PM PST by zipper (espions sur les occupants)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Jeeze. The dogs are smarter than the cops. Worksferme.


8 posted on 01/07/2012 2:04:43 PM PST by Monkey Face (I believe in angels with bagpipes.)
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To: zipper

Dog died in the line of duty.


9 posted on 01/07/2012 2:09:34 PM PST by kanawa
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To: zipper

10 posted on 01/07/2012 2:15:50 PM PST by kanawa
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To: Elle Bee

I’m glad to see Homeland Security has enough spare time on its hands to participate in a penny-ante drug raid. I guess the threat of any nuclear weapons being smuggled into the country has been eliminated.


11 posted on 01/07/2012 2:18:14 PM PST by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: zipper

I can’t blame the cop for shooting the dog when the dog was in the act of biting him,But the cop should have put the dog down not wait for a vet.

Now the reasons for the cops being there can be argued. but not the shooting IMO. If the dog was biting me I would have shot it too.


12 posted on 01/07/2012 2:28:12 PM PST by Venturer
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To: kanawa

I’ll bet the pit bull’s scar is bigger than that one.

And doesn’t heal as fast either.


13 posted on 01/07/2012 2:31:48 PM PST by zipper (espions sur les occupants)
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To: Venturer

Exactly.

Furthermore anyone who owns a pit bull has already shown contempt for civil society.


14 posted on 01/07/2012 2:40:34 PM PST by zipper (espions sur les occupants)
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To: zipper
Furthermore anyone who owns a pit bull orders or participates in the kicking down of a door with a dozen armed agents over less than two grams of weed has already shown contempt for civil society.
15 posted on 01/07/2012 2:49:43 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: zipper
I’ll bet the pit bull’s scar is bigger than that one.
And doesn’t heal as fast either.

Considering it was shot in the head at point blank range and then euthanized, I'd have to agree with you.

16 posted on 01/07/2012 3:57:34 PM PST by kanawa
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To: Pontiac

Uh... dopers throw away stems and seeds and corner baggies all the time. You can’t smoke the stems and seeds. It is very, very common to find paraphernalia and seeds and stem in doper’s trash.

So no, the warrant is quite plausible.


17 posted on 01/07/2012 4:46:55 PM PST by willamedwardwallace
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To: Elle Bee

"Here is what we found in the house.
And in the paper they said they only fired one shot?? Then what's this??
They said he was dead but yet when I got home I could hear him crying for help and for me!!!
I have 2 bullet holes in my house!! How many does my dog have...
He was not shot in the head like they want everyone to belive..
I saw him carried out.. he was shot in the chest...
These f**kers just want to cover it all up, and they want to put me in jail now!!!
I need all letters and support sent to judge fowler and the news and media.. also post it all on my wall.
I am making a book and telling it all how it went down by true honest ppl that were here...
The city review board is Monday in the old city hall from six to eight..
please show up and be there for me and my baby boy...
Any questions call or hit me up or git up the fb, tell everyone!!"
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18 posted on 01/07/2012 5:12:19 PM PST by kanawa
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Any shooting of a pit bull is a good thing.


19 posted on 01/07/2012 5:12:54 PM PST by Godwin1
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To: Elle Bee
Buddie...

Buddie at play1...

Buddie at play2...
?

Buddie at work...

Buddie chillin' with Dad...

Buddie sharing the bed...

R.I.P. Buddie...

20 posted on 01/07/2012 5:12:59 PM PST by kanawa
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To: Godwin1

You have SFB !


21 posted on 01/07/2012 5:20:38 PM PST by TsonicTsunami08
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To: willamedwardwallace
You can’t smoke the stems and seeds.

We did when I was a kid.

Stems and seeds were in the cheap dope. Stems were chopped up and mixed in with leaves.

The problem with the seeds was that they would pop. So you generally would only want to smoke them in a pipe.

The article also mentioned a grinder so they could be grinding stems which would make stems more easily smoked.

22 posted on 01/08/2012 3:16:58 AM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: kanawa

I see we still have a bunch of girlies afraid of dogs on these threads...


23 posted on 01/08/2012 6:43:44 AM PST by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: brytlea

Haters got to hate.


24 posted on 01/08/2012 7:36:37 AM PST by kanawa
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To: Venturer

Your post is the best.

Although I’d give benefit of doubt to cop for not euthanizing himself. May’ve been too busy with other things.


25 posted on 01/08/2012 9:41:45 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Elle Bee
The aftermath...

26 posted on 01/09/2012 6:20:20 PM PST by kanawa
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I have been reading the posts on here and have come to realize theres alot of idiots with access to computers. First things first. My daughter was raised around Buddie for over a year and he was never aggressive towards her. Half the time you could find him laying on the floor below where she slept on the couch. He was a kind and loving member of the family. I dont call him a dog because he was more then that. As far as the police go. If you find weed in the garbage which is outside on the curb (im assuming because even under there carport its still considered private property) there was nothing to say it wasnt dropped there by someone else who might have been walking and an officer came up on them. (I know stretching a bit but it is possible). They knew the dog was there from the first encounter and so they should of had an animal control officer on site. Also if a dog is gonna be “biting off your hand” and you have enough time to grab your gun and put it to his head before pulling the trigger you will need way more then three stitches. Specially a dog Buddies size. If Buddie grabbed ahold of the cops hand with his teeth the officer would have been pulled to the ground which would have involved tearing of skin. Buddie was not a small dog. Most places I know of if the cops have reason to believe there are drugs in a home they will do surveillance so that they can make sure there is enough evidence to warrant there time and money spent. (Sorry if I am poking holes in all your ideas people. Its what I am good at). As far as the first officer tasing himself. Hmmmm doesnt that sound like he was chicken shit? All this was was retribution for the cop making himself look like an idiot. Even if Buddie did get aggressive with the officers he was doing what all dogs are ingrained to do which is to protect there home and master from aggressive people. Also the comment about it being seeds and stems. If it was seeds and stems it would have been all thru the garbage not bagged up. Most pot heads I know (myself being an ex smoker)dont rebag there seeds and stems. They just throw em away.


27 posted on 01/09/2012 8:29:09 PM PST by Cpt_Tonka ("Officer" was a loosely used term in this post. R.I.P BUDDIE)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

I do have to say even tho you probably ment that the cop was to busy to euthanize the dog I do think you said it right the first time. The cop should have Euthanized himself (meaning the cop for any of you idiots who dont understand) instead of shooting Buddie. Key West would have been better off.


28 posted on 01/11/2012 11:40:55 PM PST by Cpt_Tonka ("Officer" was a loosely used term in this post. R.I.P BUDDIE)
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