Officer Robert Price found not guilty in controversial dog shooting caught on video

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Photos, videos below.
In November 2012, Commerce City Officer Robert Price shot and killed a dog named Chloe in an incident caught on video. Afterward, Price was charged with animal cruelty in a move his supporters said was motivated by public pressure.

Nearly a year later, Price has been found not guilty. The decision was cheered by Commerce City but slammed on a Facebook page that had demanded justice for Chloe. Photos, videos and details below.

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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Robert Price shielding his face from cameras during a break from this week's trial.
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 4,700 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. Here's an excerpt from its open letter:

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.
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A portrait of Chloe.
Dave Young, the current 17th Judicial District DA, who took over for the aforementioned Don Quick, subsequently issued a statement in reply to the police group's implications about bowing to the public's will in the matter. "Our office makes decisions on the filing of criminal charges based upon thoughtful consideration of the evidence, not based upon outside influences or the status of the offender," he maintained.

Assistant District Attorney Jess Redman echoed this assertion in a January interview with Westword. While he couldn't comment directly about the facts of the Price prosecution, he said, "What I can tell you is, we handled this just as we handle every case. We're provided information from a law-enforcement agency or conduct our own investigation, and any filing is based on evidence. And we're going to let the evidence speak in a court of law."

In the end, though, the jury was not convinced.

Continue for more about Office Robert Price's not guilty verdict, including photos and videos.



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jesus33
jesus33

I hope this officer has nightmares for the rest of his life!!!

laturner1017
laturner1017

The shooting of that dog or any other dog is like shooting someones child. To many people their pet is their family. The video clearly shows that the dog was not aggressive, and even if Choe did bark at any of the three people, what do you expect when she was cornerd and she was affraid. Furthermore what's wrong with the justice system to find officer robert price (lower case letters, because he has not respect from me) not guilty. A blind person can see that this and other cases are animal cruelty. I was always told if you do the crime you do the time and anyone mistreating animals should be put in jail

concerned_dog_owner
concerned_dog_owner

The raw footage video clearly shows a dog peacefully at home, being cornered by 3 people. Then with absolutely no provocation, the dog is tazed. This is animal abuse. Then, one of the people puts the dog on a catchpole. OF COURSE the animal is now completely panicked. Wouldn't YOU be, if you were minding your own business then suddenly 3 people appeared, cornered you and attacked you?? The video clearly shows the frightened dog trying desperately to escape. Then,  Officer Price fires the first shot. The poor panicked animal whirls around probably from the pain of being SHOT or from the heightened terror. Then Officer Price fires even more shots as the hapless animal is TRYING TO FLEE. Then, the dog collapses and is now dead. The video clearly shows the animal was posing no threat and instead was attacked, cornered, captured, and shot while it was trying to flee. I am sorry but how any jury in their right mind can watch this raw video footage and come to the conclusion that animal cruelty was not committed, is beyond me.

I have often encountered dogs roaming loose in neighborhoods and on hiking trails. Many of them were large dogs, of all types including some that were pit bulls. It is common sense that some dogs will bark defensively at you if you are a stranger and you approach them, since they have no way of knowing whether you mean to do harm to them or not. A dog barking at you is NOT being 'aggressive', it is asking you to leave it alone. If leaving it alone is not an option because it is roaming loose and could get into danger itself, it is only common sense that advancing towards and cornering an already worried animal is just going to cause it to panic and think it has to defend itself against you. And that this is NOT the animal being "aggressive" rather it is YOU freaking it out and escalating the situation. I have always successfully managed to win the dogs' trust to get it to come with me willingly, some times it takes awhile and a lot of treats. But once I have the dogs' trust I could then call the number on its tags to alert the owner that I have their dog, or take it to the vet to get scanned for a microchip or to the local humane society if it was not wearing tags. Often these dogs that I would find roaming were also in need of water from roaming around for an indefinite time. And I know I am not the only person with this experience of successfully catching loose dogs using non-violent means, not by a stretch.  it is common sense.

So from the outset, the sight of 3 officers hesitating and 'facing off' against a peaceful and bewildered dog as if they were in a standoff against an armed criminal, is completely absurd and baffling to me. What were you so afraid of? A mere dog?? (Perhaps then you should not be armed with guns if a mere dog makes you this frightened? who knows what other benign scenarios have or will trigger you to fire your gun ..your actions that day do nothing to inspire public confidence) And then, tazing the poor terrified animal that was doing no harm to you is appalling and unjustified. Officers, from the raw footage video it is clear that you cornered then attacked a peaceful animal that was only reacting in fear to your confrontation. Then, as the poor thing was trying to flee from you in panic, and was already being physically restrained, you shot it. It is clear that you were the one who brought violence into the situation, and you were the one who escalated it. And then you solved the problem you created by yet more violence. A terrified dog a catchpole stood no chance against your gun.


Officer Price, if you truly believe that this animal, that was just minding its business when you  provoked it, was a 'danger to society', then you have extremely bad judgment and should not be in possession of a firearm! Your actions lead many to conclude that you are the danger to society, not the animal. I can only hope that my dogs and those of my loved ones, never have the misfortune of accidentally escaping from home when you are on the loose.

Sadly, I am well aware that police officers shooting defenseless family pets is a very common occurrence. Always, the officers claim they felt "threatened." It saddens and bewilders me how so many police officers - who are supposed to be the defenders of the public against criminals - are so easily frightened of dogs. People who are so easily frightened and quick to use deadly force should not be armed with guns.

Officer Robert Price, a jury may have made the call acquit you of animal cruelty charges, but I implore you to do the right thing now and admit that you made an outstandingly terrible judgment call that day in November 2012 to use your gun on a defenseless and obviously non-threatening animal that was only trying to flee in terror from you after you and your colleagues had cornered her and committed an act of violence against her. I hope you will at least admit that on hindsight you caused an innocent animal to die in abject terror that day. I hope you will at least do the right thing of admitting that you made a terrible mistake and caused harm and suffering on an innocent. I hope you will admit that on hindsight you should not have shot that dog, Chloe.  Finally I hope you will at the very least be honorable enough to apologize to Chloe's distraught family.


As a dog owner who has owned large dogs and animal shelter/rescue volunteer, and found and rescued many dogs roaming the streets including pit bulls, and reunited them with their owners, it saddens and alarms me that so many police officers are so easily frightened of dogs and have no idea how to handle a situation that they themselves escalated, other than killing the dog that was unfortunate enough to cross their path that day.

raindog1776
raindog1776

Absolutely disgusting. Research shows that cruelty to animals is a big red flag when it comes to predicting serial killer behavior. Another reason to not trust the police who are supposed to protect us. What? Didn't he have a non lethal tool? My mailman does.

agrippamom
agrippamom

"Their argument is that the dog was charging at her when Price opened fire."

ON A CATCHPOLE???  That's physically impossible, which proves that either the jury: was composed of total idiots,; hates pit bulls to the point that it simply DIDN'T MATTER TO THEM ( want to bet that isn't it?); or they're so in love with cops that they think they can do no wrong.  Either way, they've allowed a murdering thug, and a coward, with a gun back on the street and given cops further proof they can open fire on family pets.

Well, I hope the CIVIL lawsuit has a better and smarter outcome.


BGsickofthugs
BGsickofthugs

Thug with a badge, great, just great. We have to stand up and demand our rights to have our tax money cover the salaries of real police officers, not sociopaths in cop drag. This is becoming a hobby, and a sick one at that. Then they whine that no one respects or trusts them, well, that's what people with more than one functioning brain cell do, cowards. Muzzle them, tazer them, put them on a plane to the Middle East and send them to blow up terrorists, it'll be really easy: don't let them know they're out to nail real monsters, instead, tell these these freaks that the terrorists are innocent and have teeth, just like the dogs they love to shoot. 

Kelly Lemieux
Kelly Lemieux

Sounds like the dog was dangerous...glad the officer is back at work. Let's trust our police.

Margaret Richards Karisny
Margaret Richards Karisny

Wish there was such a public outcry for your neighbor who beats his kid, or the people who ban children from entering a restaurant , or the pedophile who deems to be a threat walking the streets

Deb DeShazer
Deb DeShazer

One of the few times I DO NOT back the police officer...poor dog!

Pablo Morales
Pablo Morales

Complete bullshit. Those cops were so afraid and so worried about that dog that they walked around casually and turned their backs to him for 20 minutes. Price is guilty as fuck.

Ryan Davis
Ryan Davis

Does it really matter what we think? These pricks are gonna do whatever they want and face no consequences. They have no respect for the badge and obviously no proper training.

Gema Silva
Gema Silva

And shame on all the people involved for not doing something and telling him to put his gun away!

Gema Silva
Gema Silva

I am so pissed off at this decision !

Holly Isbell
Holly Isbell

after watching the video of the cop shooting this dog, it's a wonder you even post this as a question. it was absolutely wrong. this officer should have been charged and i think/hope people are clearly aware of that. if not, they need to re open their eyes because ITS ON VIDEO

Ellen Kessler
Ellen Kessler

Wrong. It just gave license to other rambos to keep killing dogs if they so much as look at them. :(

stupidstuka
stupidstuka

Scumbag cop deserves a painful death.

sfisk1
sfisk1

Hope Robert Price dies a slow and painful death in the line of duty... or better yet, that this lowlife threat to socity does not return to duty.

ceicolorado
ceicolorado

And Commerce Shitty wonders why they are the perceived as the worst town in the Denver metro area

Josh Moore
Josh Moore

Hey Jordan Snyder..... I don't smoke pot or play video games. There is not much the LEFTword prints that is amusing to me. So tell me oh so wise Jordan "Bleeding Heart Liberal" Snyder...... How are YOU going to change this? Are you going to try to get him retried? Are you going to donate time and money to animal shelters? How about writing to all the big news organizations to see if you can travel the world telling this horrible story? I'm thinking other than flipping around on your phone and thinking you are cool and making a difference by commenting on posts, you aren't going to do a damn thing. So how about you have another bowl of granola and shut the hell up.

John Blaze
John Blaze

Boo! Cops are getting away with murder!!!

Eric Hoffman
Eric Hoffman

police need to be held accountable for their actions. This is total BS that the cop got away with yet another crime that a non police officer would be doing some time for. People need to start shooting cops that shoot their pets.

Jen Stretch
Jen Stretch

I don't know because I can't bare to watch

Scott McMahon
Scott McMahon

How often are cops actually found guilty?? The law takes care of their own...they pretty much have to be egregious crimes for the police to take any accountability.

Shelia Canfield-Jones
Shelia Canfield-Jones

he should never be allowed to own a gun or be a police officer he should be sentenced to working in a animal shelter for the next 5 years

Jennifer Bryant
Jennifer Bryant

This was so wrong. Chloe was clearly in flight mode, not fight mode. This sets a scary precedent for dog owners, and after we were feeling reassured and confident when the Dog Protection Act was signed in to law. This is a huge set back and I hope our neighborhood ACO's and PO's continue to take their dog interaction training seriously, and it would help if they would be vocal about the training and reassure their communities. I suspect the outcome may have been a result of 2 things: a mass presence of police officers in the court room, a lack of understanding of canine behavior by the jury.

Jordan Snyder
Jordan Snyder

@josh Moore - sorry this wasn't entertaining enough for you. Yes, it does matter. Now get back to your bong and GTA5, they miss you.

Brenda Lott
Brenda Lott

Yes, it matters. This should not be allowed to happen. Now you'll be reading more of these stories where ignorant cops shoot dogs because they are lazy cowards.

Ben Deco
Ben Deco

Whaaaaa??!!!! Cops getting away with acting like knuckle dragging apes with shaved heads and PMS? Who has ever heard of such a thing? I'm shocked.

Josh Moore
Josh Moore

Does it matter? Jury made the call, it's over. Find another story.

raindog1776
raindog1776

Yeah. You sound like a real gem. Not.

agrippamom
agrippamom

@Kelly Lemieux Sure--  every dog on a catchpole is able to attack people.

How dumb can you be?  The dog was SCARED, which you would see if you watched the video, although if you are a human being, it should turn your stomach.

agrippamom
agrippamom

@Margaret Richards Karisny There is.  Now get off your high horse---  dogs are better people than most humans, including some of the posters here.

raindog1776
raindog1776

The reason is obvious. This cop is another sociopath with a badge.

waterslawfirm
waterslawfirm

@Eric Hoffman Are you serious?  What the cop did is horrible.  But your advice is far worse.  How irresponsible!!

agrippamom
agrippamom

@Josh Moore Civil lawsuit, which will probably go the RIGHT way.

When departments lose money because of criminal acts like killing a dog who was obviously SCARED, not aggressive, they tend to clean up their act.

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