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Officer Robert Price faces animal cruelty felony charges for shooting Chloe the dog

Edwards says that she's worked on many similar cases that have gotten nowhere. But this time, with clear footage and a thorough investigation, the DA's office recognized the seriousness of the officer's actions.

"Never have I experienced a police officer being charged, and never a felony," she says. "It's not a slap on the wrist like so many [other cases]. I really have to commend DA Don Quick."

She continues, "Frankly, I just didn't have a lot of faith in any DAs office or any police [department]...doing the right thing."

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Chloe at play

It's one thing to say that the shooting was not justified, but it's all the more meaningful that the DA's office is alleging that there was serious wrongdoing worthy of a felony charge, she says.

Michelle Halstead, a communications director with Commerce City, tells us that the city has authorized an independent administrative review of the case by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and that the city's incoming police chief will review the findings and see where there might be opportunities for improvement.

"We're taking this very seriously," she says. "We place the highest value on the safety and well being of the community, its people and their property."

The DA's office sats that the officer's first court date is set for January 24.

Edwards says that other law enforcement agencies should look to the Adams County DA in handling similar cases in the future.

"I truly hope that what DA Don Quick and what his investigators did and the findings will be a model for other jurisdictions to follow, and I hope that that sets the kind of precedent that we're not going to tolerate...police officers treating our family pets like this," she says.

Of her client, she adds, "It was a very, very emotional day for him yesterday.... He was just kind of speechless. He just couldn't even find the words to explain how he felt."

While he is glad that the officer is being charged, she adds, it just reaffirms the pain that his animal felt at the end of her life. "The other part of it...is this officer was very cruel to his animal and Chloe suffered.... To him, this is losing a member of his family."

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Chloe

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91 comments
rolex1961
rolex1961

The FOP "Show of Support for Wrongfully Accused Commerce City Officer" Intimidation by the gang in blue.

Ray Olivencia
Ray Olivencia

Fuck yeah...it's called cruelty to animals..

Kat Wolff
Kat Wolff

He should be shot himself. Enough said.

Samuel Walter
Samuel Walter

Yes, he should be fired. Yes, he should be charged with a felony. And no, he should not be allowed to own animals or firearms.

Ron Peterson
Ron Peterson

yer darn right he does what a scum bag he was niether protecting or serving just some rambo bs

Casey Cassity
Casey Cassity

If you shoot a police dog or horse you are charged with shooting a police officer so...

Greg Sheets
Greg Sheets

I saw the video of the shooting.....absolutely shocking the way this "officer" behaved.....he should loose his job for reckless endangerment to the neighborhood and forced to clean out animal stalls as community service, wearing an orange jumpsuit of course.

Anthony Jackson
Anthony Jackson

@Chad Almquist, This event was not a murder. Definition of Murder: The unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another.

Tommy James
Tommy James

ABSOLUTELY. The sad part is he will plea out to a misdemeanor and get probation. Hopefully he loses his job!

Brian Rouse
Brian Rouse

He better be glad that wasn't my Doberman, cause I would've shot his ass. F'ing prick deserves the felony charge for sure

Chad Almquist
Chad Almquist

Yes it is. Murder is murder. Which last time I checked is a felony.

Matt Baca
Matt Baca

Echo...echo...echo...echo...

Tarik Ocon
Tarik Ocon

What would the charge be if it were a police dog? That is the proper charge.

Bernadette Trujillo
Bernadette Trujillo

If Denver would lift the ban and educate the public that not every pit bull is " vicious" we as a community could avoid tragic events like this.he shot the poor dog because Denver gives the message that this breed of dog is dangerous when any animal could be.maybe they should make a example out of him and what some cop losses job and picks up charges how is that helping.

The Gay Vegans
The Gay Vegans

Yes. No one was in a life-threatening situation. There was no need to shoot.

Hillary Leftwich
Hillary Leftwich

Yes. And for his punishment he should escape from his garage and then be excessively shot by the dog's owner for being a threat to every dog in the county.

Steven Tillinghast
Steven Tillinghast

We have 9 of the 12 person jury we need right here in this comment section.

Becky Bex
Becky Bex

Yes! that happened when i lived in commerce city! a cop shot my neighbors old rotty....infront of all the neighborhood kids!!! the dog wasn't doing anything!!!!

Billy Overin
Billy Overin

Make an example of him.... as prosecutors and police are always attempting to make of citizens.

CloudGang
CloudGang

Cellular  phone footage constantly shows police officers (as well as others) killing innocent people. Yet we(I mean some of you) continue to allow this corruption.

Now a dog has been over killed, and we demand justice and have multiple witnesses, and toss out a felony to the officer

Had the officer killed the dogs owner instead he'd still have a job. ROOKIE

STUPID PIGS ARE AS STUPID PIGS DO  

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Had that been my 'Clyde Monster' shot & killed,  this would be an obituary for a dead cop !.....

skywishes
skywishes

@Anthony Jackson I dont see you as a human ;) but i see my dog as one 

so i guess .. well where are we standing on this ;) 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@anonymous You obviously KNOW Steve, and I don't respond to 'anonymous', seeking info on ANYONE other than myself. 

Do the inquiry 'yourself '.

Look into the mirror and ask 'yourself ',

 " Steve, why am I bothering Tyler ?... "

Answer your OWN question .........

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@anonymous Must be love . I'd be forced to lie . Will he ever get a break from the 'life-sucking-outta'ya' NORM, which he unluckily seems to ALWAYS attract ?

Here's an idea, ruin each-other's lives ...

Good luck !  

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@anonymous 

Business or Love ? You have my curiosity ....

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