Skip to comments.Concord: Owners of cocker spaniel shot by police seek apology
Posted on 06/26/2013 1:57:05 PM PDT by Morgana
CONCORD -- Two Concord roommates are seeking an explanation as to why a police officer shot their aging cocker spaniel during a neighborhood search for a suspicious person last week.
Zach Grimm and Dave Biller say Kirby, a 13-year-old cocker spaniel, is recovering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder after barking at an officer in the backyard of their home in the 2000 block of Weaver Court on June 17.
But a week after the incident, the two say they have received no explanation from police about why officers were in their yard. Worse, they said, they have not received an apology from the department.
"It's obviously pretty upsetting," said Grimm, 29, who said the dog has been in his family for about 10 years. "The officer who shot at him, after it was over he just sort of had this goofy look on his face, almost like a smirk, and then he left. No explanation, no apology or anything."
Police were in the area around 4:30 p.m. after reports that a person posing as a door-to-door salesman was looking into backyards, according to Concord police Lt. Bill Roche said. In the course of the search, officers entered the backyard of the residence and were confronted by the 29-pound, reddish-brown dog.
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I know there’s a T-shirt out there with something like “The cops shot my dog and survived” .....
The police are above the law and owe no one an explanation for their actions. They are answerable to themselves and their superiors.
Soon, very very soon ....
pray I don’t need a /sarc tag, but I’m adding it just in case.
Dogs. Cops target practice.
When are cops going realize that every family pet shot, and every “wrong door” kicked erodes their support and authority?
Eventually, there is going to be substantial support for shooting back at the cops.
Elderly Cocker Spaniel ping
A cocker spaniel? What a coward!
Is this for real?
In what language did the officer deliver this warning? Was it "Bark-bark. Bark. Bark. Bark?" Or was it "BARK-BARK-BARK. Bark... Bark?"
keep it up. Eventually you’ll lose the respect of ALL the citizens, not just the criminals.
Looks like the Tea Party may soon be dusting off the old Black Panther slogan, "off the pig!"
They’ll probably get a bill for the bullet.
Looks like we need a new slogan
“Don’t come into my yard and shoot my dog. Thank You.”
The department had no other comment. Police did not find the suspicious person.
There has to be a limit to these warrantless searches that the police are doing more and more often.
In this case, the person was just "suspicious," not even someone who was fleeing a crime. And still, the police felt that they were empowered to enter an uninvolved neighbor's private property without permission, and then claim to feel threatened by the animal that lived there, and then to fire their weapon.
This has got to stop.
In NY a police officer can now charge you with a felony if you harass, annoy, threaten or alarm an on-duty police officer
They have not been given the right to shoot you using this criteria, YET!
I wonder if there is an honest lawyer (usually mutually exclusive terms, I know) willing to challenge this on a 1st Amendment infringement.
I only agree with the “threaten” assuming it is threatening to do physical harm not “threatening” to sue but the law, like all laws today is so poorly written as to allow the JBTs and ruling elite to do just about anything.
No, but it is perfectly acceptable to bootlicking public for a thug-scrum of these brave public servants to club your unconscious body half to death while yelling "STOP RESISTING! STOP RESISTING!"
I’ve spent my entire life cringing when I heard police called ‘pigs’...
Now I understand...
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