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Our first story comes to us by way of the Associated Press (click to watch the video). A 62-year-old grandmother in Washington, DC tells AP that police came to her home serving a drug warrant for her 28-year-old grandson. The grandma asks to put her dog in the back yard or the bathroom. The cops tell her the bathroom would be fine. Later, the cops open the bathroom door, claim this 13-year-old dog named “Wrinkles” attacked them, and they shoot it multiple times. By the way, the grandson hasn’t lived in the home for a dozen years and the only drugs cops found were what they claimed was “drug residue” on some baggies, which the grandma contends is the residue of fortune cookies.
Our second story is just this video, which was uploaded to YouTube on June 10, claiming to be the Lagrange, Missouri, police department shooting an calm dog they had already gotten into a noose and immobilized.
In the beginning of the video you can see the dog calmly hanging out in front of the family home. At 1:53 we see an officer enter the frame, then back off because of the dog, which is eight feet away and never makes a threatening move. Another officer approaches at 2:10 from the front, so now officers are to the dog’s right and fore.
The dog is barking, but is on a chain. At 2:26 the 2nd officer approaches the dog and bends over and scratches its head – the dog seems to not be threatening the officer. He spends nearly 45 seconds ensuring the chain is on the dog’s neck as he gets the rest of the length of chain into his hands to lead the dog. The 1st officer at 3:00 appears to be taking a cell phone camera picture of the dog.
As the two officers surround and restrain the dog with the chain, it seems to not be aggressive or threatening. At 3:16 the 2nd officer unholsters his pistol. At 3:40 they lead the dog out of frame.
When the officers return to frame, we’re looking at another angle. At 3:43 they’ve got the dog out in the street as 2nd officer approaches with the stick-noose that animal control will use to keep an animal at bay. The dog is still on a chain, which seems to be fastened to the bumper of one of the patrol cars. The dog is frightened and trying to escape, but still not aggressive toward the officers. When the cops aren’t approaching the dog, it is literally standing absolutely still (see 4:34). At 5:27, the dog just sits down calmly. At 5:47 it lies down in the middle of the road, still on a chain, presenting no visual evidence of being threatening or aggressive.
At 6:24 the 1st officer is looking at the dog in the road and furtively looking around the neighborhood to see if anyone is watching. The 2nd officer comes into frame, apparently talking on his cell phone. At 7:12 2nd officer comes back into frame with the stick-noose and the dog gets up and backs away defensively. At 7:39 he appears to secure the noose on the dog, which then quickly runs through the frame. 1st officer reacts to 2nd officer and dog off frame and runs across while drawing his firearm.
The dog resists the stick noose and the 2nd officer holding the stick noose comes back into frame. When the dog stops, 2nd officer pulls his gun, 1st officer covers his ears and steps back out of frame, and 2nd officer shoots the dog while still controlled by the stick-noose (at 8:17). The dog falls onto its side, but it is still alive, flailing a tail or leg (hard to tell), until the 2nd officer fires a second shot into the dog’s head forty seconds later, killing it.
The officers were responding to a call from LaGrange resident Mary Coleman that the dog had acted threateningly toward her and her daughter as they walked to a school bus stop.
“It was growling at my six-year-old,” Coleman testified. “I wanted my kid to be safe and myself to be safe.”
[The dog's owner, Marcus] Mays pointed out that the dog could not have been too angry because Coleman chained it at her home while [Officer Doug] Howell [the "2nd Officer"] and [Officer Jason] Powell [the "1st Officer] went to get special equipment used in handling animals.
The video shows that at one point, the dog laid down on the street and remained motionless for a time.
Howell testified that the dog growled as he tried to load it into a truck, that it later broke free from a chain tied to the vehicle and eventually charged as he tried to capture it with a six-foot catchpole.
Powell described the dog as “aggressive” and “vicious.” Both officers had electroshock weapons, but did not use them because they said the effectiveness would have lasted only five seconds.
Howell said that he felt the only option to protect the safety of neighbors was to shoot the dog.
Howell fired one shot to the chest, which felled the animal. On the video, the dog can then be seen wagging its tail. Howell said he fired a shot to the head “because I didn’t want the dog to suffer.”
How much threat to the neighbors can the dog be when two cops have it in a noose at the end of a pole?!?