Skip to comments.Chicago police must pay 330k for killing dog in home raid
Posted on 08/19/2011 8:10:23 PM PDT by Artemis Webb
A federal jury says Chicago law enforcement must pay $330,000 to a family after officers shot their dog during a home raid that turned up no illegal activity.
Thomas Russell, then 18, opened the door to his home in February 2009 to find police officers with their guns drawn. He asked if he could lock up his 9-year-old black labrador, named Lady, before letting the officers inside. The Chicago Tribune describes what happened next:
Police refused the request and came into the house, the lawsuit said. When Lady came loping around the corner with her tail wagging, Officer Richard Antonsen shot the dog, according to the suit, which alleged excessive force, false arrest and illegal seizure for taking the dog's life.
The cops handcuffed Russell and his 16-year-old brother, and eventually charged Russell with obstructing their operation. He was found not guilty. According to NBC, the jury awarded $175,000 to Russell, $85,000 to his little brother, and $35,000 each to the brothers' parents. The officer who shot the dog owes $2,000 in damages, and his supervisor owes $1,000, according to NBC.
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Damn shame the trigger happy cop didn’t have to shell out more than 2k.
Glad the family is getting a payment, but the cop, not the city, should have to pay.
His $2K fine is NOTHING. And what an idiot - shooting a dog whose tail was wagging!
All these payouts should come out of the police’s budget.
Only then would there be any accountability for their actions.
He felt threatened by a 9 year old black lab? what a chicken ____ fagot.
Protecting themselves from being licked and drooled on. What idiot would shoot a Lab wagging its tail?
“And what an idiot - shooting a dog whose tail was wagging!”
He must have confused the dog with a gator! Hey, Sonny Crockett had a gator on board his boat, and you didn’t mess with that fella/s;)
I know, but it’s a start. Too bad the taxpayers are going to get shafted for the rest of the bill.
sound like the police officer was in the wrong here. The police officer and supervisor should be fined more
Wouldn't that be "Chicago taxpayers" who have to shell out the cash?
Fine? how about FIRE... As in FIRE the officer.
And the stupidvisor if he was there too.
Over my 28 plus years as a police officer, I have been confronted on several occasions by dogs. Without exception, I tried my best to fend off the dog with whatever was present, a trashcan lid or a fence or my coat, whatever. In all those years, I have yet to shoot a dog (and I don’t like dogs).
Why a “federal” jury?
Oh well, this is better than the usual result.
“I know, but its a start. Too bad the taxpayers are going to get shafted for the rest of the bill.”
I think it’s a great start, and a great precedent. Chicago is self-insured, but a lot of smaller cities aren’t. After having their cops using a few pets for target practice, let’s see what some of those cities’ insurance premiums look like - if they can actually GET insurance, that is.
Frankly, I’m not upset at all about the taxpayers in Chicago footing the bill. Eventually, it will hurt. Maybe that will wake them up!
The problem might be, the homeowner instinctively requesting to secure the dog...Knowing they’d shot the dog otherwise.
“He felt threatened by a 9 year old black lab? what a chicken ____ fagot.”
Are these police REALLY the type of people citizens want “protecting” (and I use that word loosely) them? Should they even be allowed to carry guns?
“Over my 28 plus years as a police officer, I have been confronted on several occasions by dogs. Without exception, I tried my best to fend off the dog with whatever was present, a trashcan lid or a fence or my coat, whatever. In all those years, I have yet to shoot a dog (and I dont like dogs).”
Just a good loud yell and stamping your feet will scare 99% of the meanest dogs. It’s too bad that most police nowadays never get the opportunity to learn this, because shooting is just so much easier.
There will be a lot of animal destruction if they enforce Martial Law or use extra legal, executive controlled, Gestapo-like forces and they will get away with it.
That’s a terror tactic to gain psychological control. A lot of people could be destroyed, too, for resisting tyranny.
To be more specific, the bulk of the settlement should be paid with deductions from the salaries of administrative personnel, and down the chain of command to the guy who shot the dog. The rest should come from whoever appointed the chief of police.
The dog killing is bad, but what is worse is that they tried to frame the 2 kids afterwards to cover their own behinds. Better to send some innocent citizens to jail and possibly give them a criminal record than admit you went to the wrong house and apologize. People wonder why I don’t trust Chicago cops!
If that had happened to my family and dog, the paying would have just begun -- draw your own conclusions.
they should be confined in a mental ward and given lots of medications to control their psychotic behavior. I sat in on a mental health eval for a cop that got just that once. It was fun watching him being involuntarily confined in a mental asylum for being an a**hole. I was loving it.
Obviously you have never meant a dog that was intent on biting you in the butt. LOL! Stumping, yelling ... nothing works short of putting up a barrier between you and it.
Thugcop kills a family pet for kicks, pays a pittance, and the taxpayers get screwed. I’d be upset, except most of the idiots in Chicago vote Marxist, so my givead@mn is broken in this case.
They'll simply steal more to make up for it.
The officer belongs in jail at the minimum for animal cruelty, reckless/wanton destruction of property, false imprisonment.
As long as LEOs are held to a different legal standard than citizens this kind of thing will continue, and escalate. Eventually all citizens will view LEOs with the same level of suspicion and hostility that they would view any other organization if criminals.
Cops...... absolutely worthless. Give me my full 2nd admendment rights and you can do away with the lot of them. Totally useless in my opinion.
Sure there may be good ones but whats the point? They do not protect you, and the good ones, who really do try to serve and protect are usually hamstrung by politics.
Our militarized “Law Enforcement” is the standing army our Founders feared.
And fun. Lots of US cops these days, especially the younger ones, seem to be on power trips. I personally blame the war on drugs and the SWAT mentality, but there might be more to it than that.
Having lived in Chicago for 15 I will tel you the Police there are overly aggressive and almost always looking for a reason to use force.
When I lived there I tried to be very polite whenever interfacing with them, they are hair trigger and itching to use deadly force whenever possible
I believe many owners would rather they be awarded a free shot at the officer that shot their dog.
If that is true you are sincerely f#@cked if you have a pet.
Mentioning the dog is to not have the police shoot the dog because they then can’t be surprised by it.
If you don’t mention it they can shoot it because they didn’t know it was there and it surprisedthem. If you do mention it by your logic they’ll shoot it because you want to lock it up.
They can’t have it both ways. Then there’s no way for you to be able to protect your animal.
And believe me, they do this to other animals. I still remember the female police officer who kicked the family cat across a room and said you’re lucky I didn’t shoot it.
I can’t argue with the verdict except to agree the officer should of had to pay more.
No. If that is true you are sincerely f#@cked if you have a pet. Mentioning the dog is to not have the police shoot the dog because they then cant be surprised by it. If you dont mention it they can shoot it because they didnt know it was there and it surprisedthem.
Uh...Thanks for that tip.
Why don’t they get Cesar Milan to train police departments on how to deal with dogs? He did one with mail carriers on one of his episodes.
Ok. How many people can name a time that cops did something for you that would be worth paying them for?
What’s $300K more?
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How many people that are law abiding citizens, veterans even, feel uncomfortable around cops (TSA, etc). I mean in a way that you think you could be arrested and set up even if you broke no laws. Am I being paranoid or is it to the point we’re already in a police state? I understand it’s been them against the bad guys for ever, but are all citizens now the bad guys?
Look fella, all I’m saying is that they’d find an excuse as to why they shot your dog. If you don’t say anything and the dog comes out, they will shoot it and claim it came out of nowhere and they didn’t know it was there. IF you tell them it’s there and you want to contain it, they will shoot it because they took your statement to imply it could be dangerous.
Seriously, what’s your problem?
No - it's the War on Dogs.
Cops who shoot dogs that are not threatening them are powertrip psychos and should get some slammer time and stringent mental health exams before release.
Look fella, all Im saying is that theyd find an excuse as to why they shot your dog. If you dont say anything and the dog comes out, they will shoot it and claim it came out of nowhere and they didnt know it was there. IF you tell them its there and you want to contain it, they will shoot it because they took your statement to imply it could be dangerous. Seriously, whats your problem?
I have no problem regarding this. I made a statement. You disagree, or want to argue, I can't do anything about that.
In cases like this, the officers should be PERSONALLY liable for their actions, rather than the tax payers paying for their malicious acts.
If the officers are personally accountable, I’d bet the farm they wouldn’t be as quick to do suck things. The officer that did this should be selling his house in order to get cash and compensate his victims.
Best would be to have these nationwide, daily, awards come from the Police Unions.