Police in Racine, Wisconsin have launched an internal review after a neighborhood dispute ended with a SWAT team killing a family pet that allegedly defecated on a neighbors lawn Saturday afternoon.
Resident Kim Polk says the dogs owners acted aggressively when confronted so she called the police.
Cell phone video posted to YouTube shows tactical officers taking cover behind an armored vehicle as a small dog runs out the home of the suspect who allegedly allowed the animal to relieve its bowls in Polk’s yard.
Video shows the dog appearing to turn back before officers quickly fire at least two shots at the animal. It falls to the ground, dead.
“Oh my God!” a bystander can be heard screaming on the video. “They shot the dog. You f***ing a**holes!”
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“His dog proceeded to soil my grass and I asked [the owner,] are [you] going to pick that up because I don’t want that sitting on my grass,” Polk told local reporters.
Polk says the man responded by kicking the poop into a pile of leaves she was raking, and then threatening her family’s dog with a bow and arrow.
She says the man answered the door with a machete in his hand after her husband went to talk to him about the confrontation.
“He closed the door and came back to the door with a machete in his hand, a very long machete so at that time my husband backed up off the property and I had my daughter call the police,” Polk said.
Racine Police Chief Art Howell said in a statement:
“On a personal level, I am saddened over the loss of a domestic pet that more than likely, had no malice against anyone,” he said. “During this standoff, the dog owner threatened to use a body armor piercing crossbow to kill officers, and this subject threatened to use his dog as a weapon against officers as well. After several hours of dialogue with crisis negotiators, the barricaded subject ultimately made good on his threat to introduce the dog into the active standoff.
Officers, who for over three hours were focused on peacefully resolving this crisis through dialogue, were now forced to deal with the distraction and unpredictability of having the subject’s dog moving through the scene of this active encounter at a critical time.
Additional review is in order; however, judgement relative to the actions taken should be reserved until the matter has been thoroughly reviewed and all facts are known and considered.”
A Facebook page has been created to seek justice for the canine called Justice 4 Angle. It is encouraging supporters of the dog to file complaints with the department.
Definitely sounded like an aggressive and possibly dangerous guy, but they had no reason to kill the animal.
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