Skip to comments.Cops Shoot Family Dog Just Because
Posted on 06/28/2013 9:52:04 PM PDT by Altariel
CHICAGO (CN) - Police officers in a Chicago suburb sat in front of a home for 20 minutes, then without any provocation shot the family dog, who had been calmly sitting on the front porch, the dog's owner claims in court.
Randy Green sued the Village of South Holland, police Officer Chad Barden and other unknown officers, in Federal Court.
South Holland, pop. 21,000, is a southern suburb of Chicago.
"On Sunday, July 22, 2012, two South Holland Police Officers arrived in separate vehicles at the home of Randy Green between 9-10 am, to investigate a purported dog off-leash (at large)," the complaint states.
"Upon information and belief, a caller had identified the dog at large as 'a big old gray dog runnin' around.' The caller made no mention of the dog being dangerous, vicious, or aggressive. ...
"The two South Holland officers arrived while plaintiff Randy Green and his family were asleep inside of their home, and where Mr. Green's Cane Corso dog, Grady, was sitting on the front porch.
"Upon information and belief, the chain holding Grady in the Green family backyard had popped, allowing Grady to be off leash on and around Mr. Green's residence.
"Both South Holland officers were equipped with dog-catching poles in the trunks of their vehicles, but neither attempted to use the dog-catching poles to capture the purported dog at large.
"South Holland officer Chad Barden stood, with his gun drawn, near the Green family home while the dog Grady sat on the front porch.
"The accompanying South Holland officer stood, leaning against his own police vehicle, approximately 100 feet away from Officer Chad Barden.
"The dog Grady walked past both officers on more than one occasion without incident, thereafter lazily returning to the front porch of the Green residence.
"At no time did the dog Grady make physical contact with either officer.
"The South Holland police officers stood outside the Green family home for approximately twenty minutes.
"At this time, the dog Grady approached Officer Barden again as he was standing nearest the Green family home.
"Shortly thereafter, Officer Barden shot the dog Grady three times for no reason."
Grady, wounded, ran into the back yard and Green "rushed outside" to help him and take him to a vet.
Citing an "Expert Report," Green claims that "video surveillance footage from the Green family residence revealed the absence of any charging, lunging or showing of teeth by the dog Grady and instead showed the dog Grady seeking 'greater distance between the officer and himself,' displaying 'calming [body] signals' by 'looking away from the officers and showing his [Grady's] flank,' and moving in a 'trot.'" (Brackets in complaint.)
The family immediately "took Grady to an emergency veterinary facility where Grady was treated," the complaint states.
Meanwhile, "South Holland police officers walked onto the residential property of Randy Green, including his backyard and other private areas near his home," Green claims.
A month later, South Holland police delivered a letter accusing Green of having a dangerous dog.
Green seeks damages for unreasonable seizure, trespass, intentional infliction of emotional distress, violation of the Illinois Humane Care for Animals Act, and malicious prosecution.
He is represented by Anna Morrison-Ricordati.
Here we go again.
Isn’t there any human crime in the jurisdiction to investigate and solve?
Clearly, they managed to reduce rape, murder and theft to zero.
Sounds like they have it all on video. I hope they end up owning the local police franchise.
one day these thug punks with badges are gonna shoot the wrong dog and are gonna end up regretting it, for a few seconds at least.
Cane Corso’s can be scarey dogs BUT from the story, and supposedly the video backs it up, this dog did nothing to warrant being shot. For crying out loud the cops were called for a loose dog and arrived with dog catching equipment. I find myself wishing they had run into a ferocious cane corso that retired both of these menaces due to disability. Just like bullfighting, I am rooting for the dogs.
This is one of endless stories about cops shooting dogs unnecessarily. How can the public trust “law enforcement” who would behave like this? I get sick and tired of reading about reckless shooting incidents against animals and citizens because some cop “felt threatened.” They signed up to be threatened.
Actual crime in a Chicago suburb? No way.
Such an assault reminds one of the tragic case of Chris Schulte and his dog.
Incompetent cop shot the dog THREE TIMES and didn’t kill it?
it should come out of all their pay and pensions, and houses, and property. jail time, never able to work in any security, or govt job ever again. lose their guns and gun rights because they’ve proven they are violent aggressors with guns. al savings, 401ks, pensions, investments, houses, cars, etc, all forfeited.
I’m convinced this is a Benghazi Barry Soetoro tactic to push people to react.
He may eat dog, but Americans LOVE their dogs.
Barry’s waiting for someone to snap.
Bear in mind-—a Freeper may be the next target.
Be careful what you advocate.
Chief Popo tells patrolman to taze/shoot dogs just b4 the patrolman inappropriately in backyard is shot dead by dog owner.
Check out the George Hitcho cop dog shooting details.
An example was certainly made of George Hitcho Jr, who shot an officer about to shoot his dogs (on the orders of the police chief, who was present).
It’s happened once. It’s possible they’re waiting to see if-—or when-—it will happen again.
The tyrants are feeling increasingly secure.
PoPo overreach for sure.
Stay outta my back yard.
Sounds rather strange. In most jurisdictions don’t cops
have to complete copious quantities of paperwork after
firing their weapons?
In most jurisdictions, dog shootings are rubberstamped as “justified”.
Preparation for the day when shootings of Freepers will be rubberstamped “justified”.
i would not classify that as the same kind of situation i just commented about. the owners that had their dog walking around the officers several times and then shot by thm, on the porch, for the hell of it, are not like George Hitcho at all.
Musta been oe of those black AR 15 assault dogs...
Just out of curiosity, why don’t I ever see stories of courageous police officers shooting cats? Are cats a neglected species? Does the EPA protect them? Are courageous police officers afraid of cats?
It doesn't appear that the "copious quantities of paperwork" is a punishment. It's more like a reward - the same pay for an office job.
They wouldn’t shoot a black dog, that would be racis!
Yup you’re right
Here we frigging go again
One of the best investments you’ll ever make is a DVR 24/7 security camera system.
Mine has 4 cameras and I can see [and replay, if necessary] everything that happens on my property.
Recorded video tends to keep people honest...even cops.
I haven’t forgotten. :(
But thank you for the reminder. More people need to be aware of that as well.
Did you highlight my first post?
Cops entering one's BY for no real exigent circumstances are not allowed to terminate dogs extant in same, especially given boss cop direction.
It's totally a fascist Statist attempt at peep control. George is a patriotist as it turns out.
Now if we could just get a cam on Zer0, we'd be all set.
I think people have to sue the cops personally. Yes, they may be in uniform, but they are still making individual decisions that they need to be responsible for.
"I swear! I know nothing about the missing bacon from this morning! Or last night's steak. Or Tuesday's hamburgers. How could you possibly....wait a minute...."
"You. You ratted me out to Da Boss."
it is clear the storylines here are not the same. the dogs were not behaving the same. the chitown cops waited 20 minutes to try to find some kind of excuse to shoot a harmless dog, found none, then went up on the porch and unloaded 3 shots into the lying down dog who then ran away wounded. the hitcho officer was responding to a totally different type of call, knowing it was a neighbor dispute asking george to come out and talk.
That would explain the increase in Sudden Doghadi Syndrome.
One piece of advice.
Get any pertinent video saved on an alternate computer, as you never know when those cops will want your video as, “evidence”.
The cop entered the back yard without legal justifiable reason and threatened the dogs contained there without justification.
The cop should of approached the front door to confront the resident wrt his behavior regarding his driving.
We have learned to keep the counter "clean".
No, they need to serve some HARD time.
Shooting any critter should only happen when said critter presents a danger to yourself or the public, or you're gathering food.
I sincerely hope that your comment was sarcasm.
Drag your cursor over my post...
Not all of us actually take the time to look for secret messages all the time...