Yet another cop shooting has stirred up anti-police sentiments in the U.S., but this time, the victim is not human.
Disturbing footage shows a Florida police officer shoot a family dog three times during a routine house check simply because the animal ran out the front door excited. The Tuesday night shooting left a Gillian Palacios and her young daughter devastated after they watched their beloved pet die.
According to Daily Mail, the dog was a 40-pound bull terrier mix named Duchess, and Palacios claims she wasn’t barking or behaving aggressively at all when she was killed. Palacios, who works as a pet sitter, told reporters that her family was not in trouble with the law when police showed up, and that her dog was killed simply for running outside in her own yard.
“Before I could even do anything, the officer had his gun out and shot her three times in the head,” Palacios said. She added that the officer said the dog was, “charging after him” and that Animal Services would come pick up the body.
“She was curious. She wasn’t barking (and) she wasn’t growling,’ Palacios said in the video interview,” Palacios lamented. “There was no reason for him to think she was aggressive in any way.”
Florida City police spokesman Officer Ken Armenteros stood by the officer and defended him to the press.
“We don’t have the luxury of hindsight,” he told WPLG. “We have to use the information that is given to us in a split second. So, the officer has to make that decision with the information that he has available.”
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