Court To Cop: We Don’t Need On-Point Precedent To Deny You Immunity For Killing A Dog That Couldn’t Hurt You

No one keeps records on how many privately owned dogs are shot and killed each year by American law enforcement officers so there are no hard figures. But a perusal of the Web and social media will tell you it’s a lot.

Laurel Matthews, a supervisory program specialist with the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (DOJ COPS) office, says it’s an awful lot. She calls fatal police vs. dogs encounters an “epidemic” and estimates that 25 to 30 pet dogs are killed each day by law enforcement officers.

If that estimate is even close to accurate, that’s nearly 10,000 dogs killed by cops per year. While it’s true a number of these dogs may be strays, there’s no ignoring the fact that dogs make cops act like bunnies with handguns whenever they’re anywhere nearby. If a dog acts like a dog around a cop (i.e., barking at someone it doesn’t recognize, etc.), it has a good chance of ending up dead.

Six of eleven circuits have declared the unjustified killing of a family dog is a violation of Fourth Amendment rights. People are protected against “unreasonable seizures” of their property, and the ultimate “seizing” is the summary execution of pets they own.

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19 Responses to Court To Cop: We Don’t Need On-Point Precedent To Deny You Immunity For Killing A Dog That Couldn’t Hurt You

  1. Dan says:

    The problem is the poodleshooting badgemonkeys virtually NEVER suffer any meaningful consequences for their actions. The owners of the dead pet sues, they usually win damages and as always it’s the TAXPAYERS who suffer for the criminality of the badgemonkey. As long as the criminals pinned to badges suffer no PERSONAL consequences for their sociopathic behavior they have zero reason to stop and EVERY reason to continue and expand their antisocial violence.

  2. arc says:

    Needs to be 11/11 courts recognize it and put pigs in jail, general population. Cops are hated In America for good reason and I have absolutely no sympathy for them when a tranny named Karma goes in raw.

    Privatize the police and strip them of their immunity, that or go back to electing a sheriff who can be fired by the county residents.

    • Lineman says:

      Exactly their shouldn’t be any appointed law enforcement…They all should be subject to the people they are sworn to protect…If they won’t to have the power then they should have the responsibility with that power…

  3. Gordon says:

    My dog is a dumpster find rescue dog. I like her more than most people I know. Don’t shoot my dog, dawg.

  4. Tooldandtired says:

    Police are put on paid administrative leave for discharging a firearm while on duty.
    Shoot a poodle, get a paid vacation?
    Asking for a friend.

  5. fjord says:

    Shooting dogs ( mans best friend) is the precursor to shooting humans.

  6. Gabby says:

    Those cops should be sent back to earth immediately , in the same way. Eventually Justice will prevail, and I would not want to be in their shoes. That is a sure sign of a sociopath hiding behind a badge. Maybe we could invent something to allow a canine to instigate through mechanical persuasion a; Trigger. Zen

  7. Butch says:

    Or…anyone needing to make amends with a cop who shot their dog can eliminate the cop’s dog(s).

    Some hamburger mixed with gopher bait does the tick. And it won’t get you shot, if you pay attention.

    • Lineman says:

      Ahh no why should another animal suffer for a humans misdeed…No the give the punishment to the one that deserves it…

  8. graydog2001 says:

    (Formerly “Dave”, since someone else is posting here under that name)

    If you are a cop who murders my dog: The fiction of “qualified immunity” might protect you in court. But it won’t protect you from me.

  9. Howard Dennard says:

    These psychopathic killers in blue must satisfy their urge to kill. Every day they are killing without punishment, which is a forerunner to the socialist police state.

    • greg says:

      Thank GOD not all of them have this urge to kill. I think it should be illegal to use anything on dogs except mace, pepper spray or tazers.

  10. Ohio Guy says:

    Justice in the USSA is too expensive and very slow. Judicial methods I study however, are quick and effective. You may or may not read about the results.

  11. hvlee says:

    My forty pound Gernman Shepherd/Shar Pei mix is a rescue who has come a long way in the four years we’ve had her. She’s playful and loving with us and the grandkids, but with strangers, her double protector ancestry comes out. I’ve never seen her act aggressive with anyone but she stands back and barks. Most people just put up with it but I don’t think cops tend to put up with anything.

  12. Shell says:

    *Every* time a cop shoots a dog it’s a violation of the Use Of Force Continuum that they’re supposed to be taught while in the academy and supposed to abide by while doing the job.

  13. Mad Jack says:

    Just look at unjustified shootings by police, then add the unjustified use of force. Are you really surprised that cops like to shoot dogs? I’m not.

  14. Timbo says:

    The real bad guy in these dog killing stories is usually the judge that lets the cop walk. Journalists need to start publicly shaming these worthless judges.

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