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Family Outraged After Boise Police Officer Shoots and Kills Dog (Barked at Officer)
KTVB ^ | Monday, Oct 21 | Andrea Lutz

Posted on 10/25/2013 5:06:22 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A Boise family is outraged over the death of their 5-year-old dog. Sunday afternoon, a Boise Police officer fired his weapon at the dog, killing it.

For years, Gabrielle Stropkai found companionship in her dog, Kita, calling her a lover and a friend for her son Hayden to grow up with.

“We have kids who run up and pull her tail and grab her by the back of the neck and get in her face and she does nothing but love on them,” said Stropkai.

However, as two Boise patrol officers were investigating a theft that was reported in the area of Woodlawn and 28th Sunday afternoon they felt threatened by Kita.

According to Boise Police spokesman Charles McClure, Kita began running toward them and the officers felt forced to protect themselves.

Neighbors like Bryan Adams were outside at that time and saw it happen.

“She was walking by and went 'ruff ruff' just a couple of little ruffs and that's when she was walking by she didn't jump at him or anything,” explained Adams.

Other witnesses to the incident described the dog as barking and snarling at officers as it approached them.

Stropkai tells KTVB she let Kita outside to use the bathroom and she was in her sight when the officer made an instant decision.

“In about five seconds he pulled his weapon, asked whose dog it was, and shot her in the back of the head,” said Stropkai.

Stropkai explains her two-year-old son Hayden was also witness to the shooting.

“Hayden was outside, about two feet away from me,” said Stropkai's mother, Michelle Pierott. McClure said the two officers were standing in a parking lot when one decided to fire a single shot at the dog when it came within three feet of them.

Kita, a mixed breed, was hit and died at the scene.

“By the time I came out she was down, (I) ran over and looked back and said you just shot her,” said Pierott. “Kita wouldn't have attacked.”

However, the Boise Police Department disagrees. In a statement issued Sunday evening by the department Deputy Chief Pete Ritter had this to say.

"Officers never want to harm an animal. The dog came upon the officers quickly and they felt it was about to bite them. This is a very dog friendly community. Many officers have dogs. We work with dogs. Dogs running loose are a safety risk, for people and for the dogs. This was a very unfortunate situation for everyone involved."

The family believes the officer acted too fast and although an investigation was launched, the biggest worry on their minds is Kita’s six two-week old puppies.

“Now we are going to have to figure out how to keep them alive... without her,” said Pierott. The City of Boise does have a leash ordinance; dog owners are required to keep their dogs on leash, except in specified areas.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: dog; donutwatch; idaho; mixedbreed; moronwithbadge; stupidcoptricks; warriorcops
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1 posted on 10/25/2013 5:06:22 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

how many of these ‘cops’ are actual americans?!?

seriously.p


2 posted on 10/25/2013 5:09:29 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: nickcarraway
The dog came upon the officers quickly and they felt it was about to bite them.

I've been bitten by a dog. It's not pleasant, but it's not the end of the world -- it's certainly no reason to kill a family pet in such a short time span.

3 posted on 10/25/2013 5:09:49 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: nickcarraway; Joe 6-pack

Sad doggie ping...


4 posted on 10/25/2013 5:10:08 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: nickcarraway
“In about five seconds he pulled his weapon, asked whose dog it was, and shot her in the back of the head,”

I wonder if he ever shot an elephant in his pajamas?

5 posted on 10/25/2013 5:10:23 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: nickcarraway

>>“In about five seconds he pulled his weapon, asked whose dog it was, and shot her in the back of the head,” said Stropkai.

Cops are becoming fascist monsters.


6 posted on 10/25/2013 5:10:39 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Bryanw92

well as long as he went home safe


7 posted on 10/25/2013 5:14:02 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: nickcarraway

Not just dogs anymore...

They make instant decisions to shoot infirmed old men who didn’t take their medicine, old men who were waiting for ambulances, 13 year old boys with toy guns....

Maybe cops should be better trained to think a bit more first.


8 posted on 10/25/2013 5:15:11 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: nickcarraway

9 posted on 10/25/2013 5:17:26 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: nickcarraway

US cops sometimes rob people on the street.

They robbed me and now I hate most cops.


10 posted on 10/25/2013 5:19:26 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: GeronL

It would seem that I got BETTER training in my 3 hour NRA First Steps Pistol Course.

!. Always Point the gun in a safe direction
2. Finger OFF the trigger
3. Assume it is LOADED

(and, further into the book...NEVER point the gun at a family pet. NEVER, NEVER.)


11 posted on 10/25/2013 5:20:24 PM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: GeronL

Cops should have to eat their kills.


12 posted on 10/25/2013 5:20:51 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: nickcarraway

When I was a child I was taught to trust a policeman. Now I tell my son to stay away from the police.


13 posted on 10/25/2013 5:21:30 PM PDT by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: nickcarraway
... and shot her in the back of the head,”

That's a problem.

“Hayden was outside, about two feet away from me,”...

How far was Hayden from the shooting? That might be a bigger problem.

"...Many officers have dogs. ..."

Good. They have something to lose too.

14 posted on 10/25/2013 5:23:16 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

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15 posted on 10/25/2013 5:23:19 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: nickcarraway

“I thought it was a potato!”


16 posted on 10/25/2013 5:23:55 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: ElkGroveDan

My first thought. It’s not like the dog had a concealed pistol or anything. And there were 2 officers. I simply fail to see how 1 pet dog is a threat to 2 armed officers.


17 posted on 10/25/2013 5:24:52 PM PDT by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: gaijin

Here here brother. I feel for ya


18 posted on 10/25/2013 5:25:30 PM PDT by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

These morons put everyone around at risk to protect themselves. Bullets go all over the place when they go through the animal, bounce off a bone or sidewalk and ricochet who knows where. Firing a shot in a place where there are innocents present, for very little reason is just plain stupid. And, for those who don’t shoot much, a slow moving 9mm projectile on the ricochet is often more dangerous than one traveling full speed. At least when the impact is on the body of a human. It makes a big mess even after the bullet comes off the sidewalk.


19 posted on 10/25/2013 5:26:53 PM PDT by anton
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To: nickcarraway

Do any of these “brave” men who have willingly chosen a dangerous line of work carry mace anymore? Once again police officers have proven that the only ones they serve and protect are themselves.


20 posted on 10/25/2013 5:27:16 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: nickcarraway
[Kita began running toward them and the officers felt forced to protect themselves.]

It's lucky these wimps didn't find the thief they were investigating. They would have crapped in their britches.

21 posted on 10/25/2013 5:28:00 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: nickcarraway

Shoot cops that shoot dogs.


22 posted on 10/25/2013 5:28:33 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: nickcarraway
However, the Boise Police Department disagrees. In a statement issued Sunday evening by the department Deputy Chief Pete Ritter had this to say. "Officers never want to harm an animal. The dog came upon the officers quickly and they felt it was about to bite them. This is a very dog friendly community. Many officers have dogs. We work with dogs. Dogs running loose are a safety risk, for people and for the dogs. This was a very unfortunate situation for everyone involved."

In other words, this is the way it is. If the peasants don't like it, too bad. hell with them. What can they do about it?

23 posted on 10/25/2013 5:28:52 PM PDT by sport
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To: nickcarraway

Someone isn’t telling the truth. If the officer did indeed shoot the dog in the back of the head, he probably wasn’t about to get bitten.


24 posted on 10/25/2013 5:29:28 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: When do we get liberated?

It might have jumped up on them and licked them.


25 posted on 10/25/2013 5:30:43 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
However, as two Boise patrol officers were investigating
a theft that was reported in the area
of Woodlawn and 28th
Sunday afternoon they felt threatened by Kita.
they were out for target practice (apparently)...

26 posted on 10/25/2013 5:32:34 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: driftdiver

>>well as long as he went home safe

I hope his kids didn’t startle him when he got home. Those high-strung cops seem to shoot anything that moves these days (for officer safety, of course).


27 posted on 10/25/2013 5:32:41 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: GeronL

Maybe cops should be better trained to think a bit more first.


IEDs coming to America....?


28 posted on 10/25/2013 5:32:43 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Case back hoe for sale or trade for diesel wood chipper....Enforce the Bill of Rights. It's the Law!)
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To: GeronL

Don’t forget the kid the other day in California and the former Marine in Arizona, I believe it was. The old man in Texas. The difference is these were human lives that were taken.


29 posted on 10/25/2013 5:33:21 PM PDT by sport
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To: nickcarraway

These cops are going to run up on somebody one day that is not so understanding about killing their dog.


30 posted on 10/25/2013 5:35:25 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Paladin2

Cops should have to eat their kills.


And their own testicles....


31 posted on 10/25/2013 5:36:11 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Case back hoe for sale or trade for diesel wood chipper....Enforce the Bill of Rights. It's the Law!)
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To: Bryanw92

“Cops are becoming fascist monsters.”
_____________________________________________
I say jack-booted thugs. I noticed it over ten years ago, before I left the USSA.
Even in small bedroom communities and towns, thugs were being hired to be cops. I think they are watching too many movies that now show most cops with big guns and dressed in riot gear.


32 posted on 10/25/2013 5:36:34 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: Kartographer

LOL!

Well, not really....


33 posted on 10/25/2013 5:37:30 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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“Officers never want to harm an animal.”
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Right. That’s why they shoot anything that moves. Kids, elderly, baby deer in a backyard, squirrel in a retail store, whatever they can get away with. The problem is these thugs get away with it. Filth. Flame on bootlickers.


34 posted on 10/25/2013 5:37:41 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: nickcarraway

This country needs smarter, less peckerheaded cops.


35 posted on 10/25/2013 5:39:51 PM PDT by pallis
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To: aomagrat
When I was a child I was taught to trust a policeman. Now I tell my son to stay away from the police.

That's just sad that we have become this.

36 posted on 10/25/2013 5:41:10 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: Arm_Bears

http://articles.mcall.com/2012-05-14/news/mc-freemansburg-cop-murder-trial-opening-20120514_1_lasso-police-chief-george-bruneio-freemansburg


37 posted on 10/25/2013 5:48:05 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: pallis

They need more lawsuits or video evidence or something, I’m not holding out for clever. Hopefully this family will be outraged enough to act on it.


38 posted on 10/25/2013 5:51:36 PM PDT by erlayman
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To: gaijin

“US cops sometimes rob people on the street.”

I hate that sort of thing. It is devastating to a civil society.

Small consolation, but it is declining as more people wear recording devices.

One of the most important decisions of the Courts will be to confirm that it is a first amendment right to record police in the performance of their public duties.


39 posted on 10/25/2013 5:54:38 PM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: Arm_Bears
" Bruneio, the Freemansburg chief, said Lasso was trying to fend off the two snarling dogs, kicking at them while holding a Taser straight in the air in his left hand.

"Shoot 'em," Bruneio yelled before a shot rang out and Lasso fell to the ground."

40 posted on 10/25/2013 5:59:08 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: GeronL
Maybe cops should be better trained to think a bit more first.

That's just it. It's my firm belief that they are trained NOT to think, just to react according to a strict protocol. It's all part of the "death of common sense."

41 posted on 10/25/2013 6:01:37 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: SoldierDad

Supporting your case?


42 posted on 10/25/2013 6:02:44 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (If you like the website, you'll love the healthcare!)
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To: nickcarraway
"the back of the head"

Because nothing spells "Self Defense" like a back shooting.

43 posted on 10/25/2013 6:04:02 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (If you like the website, you'll love the healthcare!)
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To: nickcarraway

sick. just sick.


44 posted on 10/25/2013 6:10:21 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: nickcarraway

OK, pardon my confusion.

If the Dog was “running” toward the Officers, how did the Officer manage to hit a fast moving Dog in the back of its head? Did the bullet do a 180 or did the Dog run past them?


45 posted on 10/25/2013 6:11:27 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Good news, Federal Funding for my Tagline has been restored. Crisis averted.)
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To: aomagrat

There are very few situations that can’t be made worse by the addition of a cop.

Truism I learned here.


46 posted on 10/25/2013 6:13:15 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: aomagrat

It use to be that law enforcement personnel took active roles in Sunday School and Church. There are still some today quite active in their churches but sadly from my observation there are fewer and fewer that are serving as God fearing role models.


47 posted on 10/25/2013 6:16:43 PM PDT by Maudeen (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Simple solution: neuter the cops.

The others will take pause.


48 posted on 10/25/2013 6:26:20 PM PDT by lafarge
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To: nickcarraway

When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.


49 posted on 10/25/2013 6:27:10 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Free goodies for all -- Freedom for none.)
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE

The cops are “justified” in making snap decisions like this in the “heat of the chase” and all......Where is the line ... when I see an unidentified person, on my property, with a gun in his hand, shooting my pet, my personal property?

How justified would I be if I made a snap decision and drew down and killed that person, as is my legal right to do?

Why would it be different if it was a low life scum bag with a criminal record or high on drugs that I killed protecting my property, than if it was a low life scum bag cop I killed protecting my property?


50 posted on 10/25/2013 6:28:34 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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