Police group: Commerce City cop charged in dog shooting is victim of lynch mob mentality

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Pics, video below.
Reports of an Adams County deputy killing a dog after responding to the wrong address undoubtedly caused a case of déjà vu for locals, since it followed a dog shooting by a Commerce City cop that was captured on video in November; see it below. That officer was subsequently charged with animal cruelty, but a police organization feels the allegation was based more on public pressure than facts and plans a show of force at an upcoming hearing.

As we've reported, the dog in question -- Chloe, a mixed-breed animal initially described by authorities as a pit bull -- was being temporarily kept at a house in Commerce City when she snuck out of the garage. A neighbor, Kenny Collins, called the authorities and recorded law enforcers' actions on a cell-phone camera. The video he shot shows Chloe being tased by a policeman and snared on a catch pole by a community service officer -- the equivalent of animal control in Commerce City. But the policeman, subsequently identified as Officer Robert Price, felt Chloe remained out of control and fired his weapon multiple times, shooting and killing her.

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A screen capture from Kenny Collins's video, on view below.
Most viewers of the video didn't see evidence that Chloe was a threat to the public, as the police maintained. Indeed, much of the footage shows her sitting calmly or wandering around the home's garage. As such, community outcry over the shooting was considerable at venues such as the Justice For Chloe Facebook page.

Several weeks later, the Adams County District Attorney's Office filed an animal cruelty charge against Price. But while this move was cheered by many observers, it's being denigrated by the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police. As originally reported by CBS4, the organization has written an open letter that accuses the DA's office of bending to public pressure.

Continue to read more about the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police's defense of Officer Price, plus see the video of the incident.


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trav1sm0
trav1sm0

It's easy to bully a small animal when you have a gun.  THUG mentality.

bwestbroker
bwestbroker

It's terribly discouraging for people who consider themselves as "law abiding" and respectful of police officers to see that THEY do not return that same respect to the people they are supposedly protecting and serving.I understand the oddities of unions but even they have to sometimes bite the bullet and call it what it is.This officer was wrong...his behavior was wrong and had he even had the decency to have SINCERELY apologized..it wouldn't have filled the spot of the dog that he shot but it WOULD have at least opened the door for some healing on both sides.From the looks of the video it really DOES look like he CHOSE to shoot the dog because there was nothing happening..no risk to anyone that would have necessitated him shooting that poor,helpless dog.I'm in Michigan and this story has had nationwide exposure.What they do here WILL be noticed and it will NOT be forgotten.

michaelsb
michaelsb

Ok, the public are dunces. What about the other LEO there that were not too happy how it was handled?

toast1012
toast1012

The citizen did do the right thing, it was the officers on scene that showed little to no experience in how to handle this situation. Even going as far as endangering others while unloading his handgun in suburbia.....yeah something needs to be done here.

rudolphvisgreat
rudolphvisgreat

Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?

This is the problem.  Cops cover up for each other NO MATTER WHAT.  Even when there are witnesses, and there could be two dozen of them saying the exact same thing, the ONLY person the cops and / or prosecutors will believe are the cops and those associated with the cops.  You, me, and the average citizen can do nothing when they gun down our dogs regardless of how many people see them do it.  Here we have video proof, and they STILL won't admit wrongdoing.  Of course, they say, the cop is being persecuted.  Never mind that he had a scared dog on a catchpole whom he EXECUTED for no reason.

I'm sick of this behavior and the lack of responsibility of the officers and their department.  Do they really want to know why people don't trust them?  This story and the reactions of the cop and his union are all you need to know.  If people hadn't raised an uproar, nothing would happen to this murdering swine, and in most cases, even with public outcry, they still get away with it.

stevebeast
stevebeast

well at least he is a cop so he wont see the felony charges the rest of us would get......

i4everl843
i4everl843

I've seen so many videos of cops killing innocent dogs, that I have no respect for any of the police force. They are trigger happy and love shooting...should have been born during the wild wild west.  They aren't trained on what options to use in different situations.  It's a lot easier just to shoot.  Do some mental evaluations on these scum bags.  They have problems.  Isn't that what was just said after the last shooting, mentally disturbed people shouldn't have guns....what part don't you understand??? 

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

There are pigs and there are cops. I consider this guy a pig. As for the union's response, who gives a **** what they have to say?

Kendall Thiessen
Kendall Thiessen

Just cops protecting cops. Nothing new here. They say the same thing when they are overzealous in arrests, detain criminals illegally and--as public records often show--let their fellow officers off the hook for DUIs and other offenses because they are "in the club". Pretty clear this was over the line. I am nt buying and and am glad they are bringing charges so future law enforcement who DON'T get videotaped are on notice to be careful--especially when killing someone's family member. No sympathy from me.

Mike Bailey
Mike Bailey

He was at the wrong address! Nail him for trespassing too!

bmxmaster234
bmxmaster234

Reading this story confirms my image of law enforcement... power hungry jokes

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Hey CFOP...when you fuck up on the job using poor judgement there should be consequences. You are not above the law because you are a cop. People who break the law while on the job get charged and cops should be the same. Dont like it? Get a new job where you dont use a gun or have to detain people. Equality...look it up. Start policing yourselves and weed out your fellow officers who shouldn't be on the force. Cops get away with too much as it is; if they dont it costs the taxpayers a lot of money one way or another. You. Are. Not. Special. No preferential treatment, period.

Blayne McMillan
Blayne McMillan

I hope it was a result of public pressure! Caitlin Galligan even made a petition that snagged quite a few signatures.

Wit Knee
Wit Knee

Good ole boys looking out for good ole boys. He shot and killed a non-threatening dog and should pay for it.

Michael Chezem
Michael Chezem

No. A badge doesn't give you more rights than the general public.

Loo Gutz
Loo Gutz

lynch mob mentality?!?!?! he commited a crime! he deserves to face the law that he supposedly should be upholding. this makes me sick.

Gilbilly
Gilbilly

The officer committed a felony and should face the consequences of his actions like the rest of society does(unless you're a banker).  If I commit a felony and was convicted then I would lose my career as well, what makes the police so different?  If anything police should be held to a higher standard due to the power that we the people and the state give them.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

"The fact of the matter is that Officer Price now finds himself faced with a felony charge, which if convicted not only could result in a prison sentence, but will cost him his career. Colorado State law forbids anyone who has been convicted of a felony from being certified as a peace officer."  Oh, that's SOOOOOO heartbreaking!  I'm sure the police have never, EVER misrepresented facts and tampered with evidence thus costing someone THEIR career.  

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

WE MUST START PROTESTING THESE TRIGGER HAPPY DEPARTMENTS !!!

bongsucker
bongsucker

Lynching is too good for these scumbags.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay That's crazy . I don't remember the trailer . I would have been maybe eight at the time .

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