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Robert Price in court: Dog-kill cop's charges not fueled by public pressure, DA's office says

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Pics, video below.
In November, Commerce City Police Officer Robert Price shot and killed Chloe, a mixed breed dog, in an incident caught on video. After Price was charged with animal cruelty, a police group suggested that the accusations were fueled by a lynch-mob mentality. As Price made his first court appearance yesterday, the DA's office denied the charge. Look below to see details, documents and raw video of the shooting that started it all.

As we've reported, Chloe 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 Price, felt Chloe remained out of control and fired his weapon multiple times, shooting and killing her.

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Chloe at play.
Most viewers of the video didn't see evidence that Chloe was a threat to the public, as the police maintained. As such, community outcry over the shooting was considerable at venues such as the Justice For Chloe Facebook page, which currently has more than 3,600 likes.

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 was denigrated by the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police, which decried what it saw as a lynch-mob mentality fueled by the video. The group's entire open letter is on view at the bottom of this post, but here's an excerpt:

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.
The implication? Quick and the 17th Judicial District DA's office, which serves Adams County, lowered the boom on Price to placate the howling masses. But Quick's successor and an office spokesman say nothing could be further from the truth.

Continue for more about Robert Price's court appearance, including photos, video and the police group open letter.


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alohajoe007
alohajoe007

All police are above all laws is this country thanks to the most corrupt unions in the world our so called Policeman unions the largest bribers of BOTH parties. Police are now trained and paid overtime to lie in court and more often than not DA's will withhold evidence to gain convictions of the innocent so killing dogs is easy for them.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

If citizens would put down rabid cops like these cops do citizen's pets, these things wouldn't happen so often.

Wendy Dennie
Wendy Dennie

How about if you cry "lynch mob", then we actually get to put a noose around Price's neck and hang him up? Assholes like him are only sorry when they get caught for their cowardly actions. Take that disgusting piece of liability off the police force

Nick Murphy
Nick Murphy

I think its just more of them protecting their own they were in the wrong for what they done let them pay and lose their jobs same goes with anyone in the military we are Americans and we set examples for the rest of the world not to act and think like morons and make rash choices

betweenthelines
betweenthelines

The news showed this LONG line of fat cops file out of the court room yesterday in SUPPORT of this psycho who killed the dog. It then dawned on me that these guys are similar to criminal gangs in that they don't see anything wrong with the behavior of one of their own as long as it's from ONE OF THEIR OWN......I am sure that the lack of empathy shown by this officer and a bunch of others has resulted in the 'similar' killing of people who posed absolutely ZERO threat to the murdering officer....I seem to remember a DPD officer recently killing a woman for running away from him......Made up some BS story to cover his butt......Sounds like these guys drink out of the same toilet.....

Kellie Lankutis
Kellie Lankutis

He is prosecuted because he killed an INNOCENT animal. The law requires burden of proof to convict someone. The courts found that proof through that video. That's it. Police Officers play a vital role in the protection of our society. That DOESN'T mean it's okay to have the, "God" mentality and decided what's right and just. You are a servant of the law and should follow the rules of the oath you took when you became a public servant. This cop (and his friends) are mad because he was caught and it's showing true colors of SOME of our men in blue.

Alfredo Abad Jr.
Alfredo Abad Jr.

↑ ↑ ↑ ↑ all these people will still call the police when they need their help...

Mike Milos
Mike Milos

I think the "Fraternal Order of Police" can KISS MY ASS!

Justin Harned
Justin Harned

@SteveBird, you said it!! Can you imagine the cruelty that has been dished out towards animals by that daywalker that he hasn't been caught for?

Ephen Stephens
Ephen Stephens

What lens do cops view the world through??!? Anyone with half a brain could see that dog was not only NOT a threat, but that it was scared...and obviously with good reason.

Darren Lyman
Darren Lyman

The problem appears to be in the burden of proof. Pigs walla, but don't like the video proof. I'm guessing its the same group as Keep Rule 12. "The price is wrong bitch." Happy Gilmore

Steve Bird
Steve Bird

I think that people saw a policeman commit a crime and they're wondering why the police don't seem to think that one of theirs should have to be prosecuted...again.

Russell Lott
Russell Lott

did he shoot the dog? maybe that's the cause ... not that people found out ...

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@betweenthelines "Similar to?" The state is simply the biggest, most established criminal gang, that holds popularity contests (between people you wouldn't invite into your home) every few years. These people are the "tip of the spear."

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