Ernest Dempsey — Cops killing dogs and tossing the excuse that they were shot in self-defense – this is a common story now which has devastated numerous families throughout the United States. The incident in Lake Charles, Louisiana, is the latest one. A dog named Monkey was shot dead by a cop who along with his fellow officers was chasing three teenagers as the young guys had beaten a man and robbed him of his car.
The story was reported by KPLC TV with updates on the concerned police department’s response to the incident of getting the dog killed. While the teens responsible for the mess have been arrested and are in jail after being charged with multiple offenses, the police chief of the department expressed sorrow over the dog’s killing, reminding that it was an “unavoidable” situation. The question is “was it?”
An online petition started at Change.org disagrees with the police chief’s statement. It seeks justice for Monkey, telling that Monkey never was an aggressive dog and that deadly police force was used to victimize the dog which happened to run out at noise outside. The petition asks the important question why non-lethal methods were not used to handle the situation, even if the dog did pose a threat. The fact that the dog was shot multiple times is one of the reasons the petitioner seems to distrust the police’s excuse of self-defense.
The petition demands a thorough investigation into the killing and has got more than 15 thousand signatures so far while it seeks another 10 thousand signatures. In the meantime, people who knew the dog have confirmed via their comments that Monkey was a friendly and loving dog and would never go aggressive. One of the comments also tells the story of a dog that was killed in a similar manner by a cop in February this year while a witness to the incident stated that the cop did it without any threat posed by the dog. The dog’s owner wrote: “I am signing so that maybe we can stop this in the future.”
With cases like these, the question of whether it will ever come to a stop is looming over the families who own dogs not just as pets but as part of the family.