The owner of a dog shot and killed by police in 2012 will receive a $262,000 settlement from Commerce City in Colorado, according to a city spokeswoman.
On Nov. 24 2012, three Commerce City Police officers responded to reports of a “loose, vicious dog.” Police said Chloe, a 3-year-old dog, aggressively ran toward the officers. During the encounter, Officer Robert Price, shot and killed the dog.
The dog was first shocked with a stun gun and then shot multiple times. A neighbor took cellphone video of Chloe’s death, which was a key piece of evidence in the case.
The viral video showed Chloe cowering and trying to escape.
Price was found not guilty of animal cruelty charges in 2013.
The Animal Law Center says the $262,000 settlement is one of the largest of its kind.
Chloe’s owner, Gary Branson, was out of town when she was shot.
Okay, I have several comments after reading this, and after watching that horrible video in full. First, dog owners should make arrangements for the dog at all times. They are part of the family. A loose dog when you’re out of town is unacceptable and irresponsible.
That said, the police are obviously guilty of animal cruelty and the one doing the shooting should have gone to prison just like Michael Vick.
The officer in the very first part of the video is an overblown, bloated fat ass, and doesn’t need to be on the police force anywhere. The female officer is worthless, and doesn’t understand how to handle the dog. As I’ve said before, “Voice commands are critical, and voice inflection, tonality and timbre (or tone color) make or break your communications with the animal. Learn it. Practice it. Do it. Take time with it, and if you live in a dense urban area where you cannot work with farm animals, travel on the weekends to a place where you can, or move permanently. It’s that important.”
Within five minutes, I would have been petting Chloe and she would have been laying on her back with me scratching her belly. The officers are hicks and goobers. They know nothing. They are worthless.
Just as bad as it pertains to future engagements, the final officer who shot Chloe – Robert Price – used his handgun with one hand, the other hand flailing wildly behind him. No kidding. Watch the video. No, no, Robert. Do it this way.
What the hell are they teaching these boys in Colorado? Are they teaching them anything at all? My God, I would hate to meet up with these morons, any one of them. To me, they seem dangerous in their ignorance. The dog was no danger. The only danger was because of the idiot cops that day. I hope all the cops in the Commerce City Police Department aren’t that stupid.
A final word about the settlement. I hate it when the city suffers the financial harm for malicious acts of their cowardly police officers, but maybe with enough huge settlements of this sort, cities will begin to hire people who can think.
Robert Price should go to prison, and he certainly shouldn’t be allowed to have a gun. How do you feel about costing your city $262K, Robert? Pretty bad? You should. How do you feel about killing Chloe, Robert? Pretty bad? You should.