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


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Chloe at play.
In the letter, seen below in its entirety, the organization asserts that Price was "forced to shoot and kill the animal." Regarding reactions to the clip, the letter argues that "to the untrained eye, and without knowledge of the factual details or the circumstances involved, any use of force by law enforcement is not easy to watch and is often not understood by the general public. This was no different."

Thanks to these misinterpretations, the letter goes on, "the officers' actions were vilified by an uninformed public. As is often the case, there is a 'lynch mob' mentality promulgated by those whose core beliefs cause them to pre-judge an incident to match their pre-determined outcome without having heard all the facts."

With this in mind, the letter suggests that outgoing DA Don Quick, whose office was inundated with complaints prior to filing against Price on December 20, caved in to the masses rather than standing firm for what's right. "We have our opinion as to why the DA charged the officer," the missive states. "In light of the atmosphere surrounding this circus, you can judge why for yourself."

Rather than holding a rally to express their displeasure, however, the group's members are encouraged to show up at Price's arraignment, at 8 a.m. on January 22, for what's deemed "a silent show of support. We are hoping to fill the courtroom and hallways with brother and sister officers."

We've reached out to the Adams County DA's office, now headed by Quick's successor, Dave Young, for comment about the police group's arguments. We'll update when and if we receive a response. In the meantime, look below to see a report featuring footage of Chloe's shooting, followed by the CFOP letter.

CFOP letter:

Show of Support for Wrongfully Accused Commerce City Officer

On Saturday November 24, 2012 three officers of the Commerce City Police Department responded to a loose vicious dog complaint. During the encounter, Officer Robert Price, a six year veteran of the Commerce City Police Department, was forced to shoot and kill the animal.

The incident was videotaped by a citizen and released to the Denver media. From there the video went viral and was broadcast in the national media, "YouTube" and other internet media forums. To the untrained eye, and without knowledge of the factual details or the circumstances involved, any use of force by law enforcement is not easy to watch and is often not understood by the general public. This was no different.

As a result of this video the officers' actions were vilified by an uninformed public. As is often the case there is a "lynch mob" mentality promulgated by those whose core beliefs cause them to pre-judge an incident to match their pre-determined outcome without having heard all the facts. Video is never the whole story, but for those who seek to place immediate blame, or need an outcome that matches their belief system, it is a convenient tool. Because of administrative restrictions involved in cases like this, the reasons dictating the officers' actions and other issues supporting the use of force have not been made public. The officers' side of this has yet to be heard. In time it will be, but suffice it to say they were acting within the scope of their authority and under department policy & procedure in accordance with city ordinance. They violated no law with their actions. They were simply doing their job.

On November 27th the Commerce City police chief stated that an initial review of the incident indicated the involved officers responded with appropriate force for the situation. We agree. However under public and political pressure the department suspended its administrative review and sent the matter to the Adams' County DA's office for review. We know that District Attorney Don Quick and his office were inundated with outside complaints about the incident from certain interested groups. In this caustic atmosphere his office found itself under the eye of the media on what had fast become a controversial politically sensitive event.

As a result on Thursday, December 20, 2012 District Attorney Don Quick advised the public that Officer Robert Price would be charged with one felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals. This decision received immediate praise by animal rights groups and other biased parties. The Fraternal Order of Police finds the charging of this officer outrageous, and not within the scope of the event. We have our opinion as to why the DA charged the officer. In light of the atmosphere surrounding this circus you can judge why for yourself.

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.

Officer Price is a member of Commerce City FOP Lodge 19, and to a person his brothers & sisters in the Lodge support him and the other two officers involved as does the Colorado State Lodge. It is our opinion these officers did nothing wrong and are unfortunate victims of a sensationalized media event. This matter never should have been referred to the DA's office by the department. The circumstances involved did not warrant that action. The DA's office should have sent it back to the department for administrative review as it did not meet any reasonable standard for a criminal investigation. None of that happened. It is obvious to us that the involved officials felt the media and public focus being brought to bear on their decisions regarding this matter, and as result found it easier to act in the manner they did rather than do the right thing in this case.

Lodge 19 has called for a show of support for Officer Robert Price. They have asked the State FOP to get the word out asking officers from other agencies to join them in displaying support for Officer Robert Price. At 08:00 AM, on January 22, 2013 there will be an arraignment hearing in this case for Officer Price at the Adams County Courthouse, located at 1100 Judicial Center Drive in Brighton. FOP Lodge 19 is asking for all off-duty officers from any agency who can attend this hearing to do so. You are asked to show up in suit and tie. There will be no rally. This will be a silent show of support. We are hoping to fill the courtroom and hallways with brother and sister officers. Please spread the word and try to attend.

More from our News archive: "Officer Robert Price faces animal cruelty felony charges for shooting Chloe the dog."


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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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