The owner of Chloe, a dog shot and killed by police in 2012, has been awarded a $262,000 settlement from Commerce City, Colorado in the wrongful death of his dog.
Kenny Collins didn’t know his neighbor was dogsitting for a friend back in 2012. So, when he saw a large dog wandering loose around the neighborhood, he called police. His neighbor had left the 3-year old pit bull-mix, named Chloe, in the garage while she left to run errands. Somehow, the dog tripped the garage door sensor, forcing the door open, allowing her to wander the neighborhood.
“He never came at me in an aggressive manner,” Collins told reporters for 9News. He was never afraid of the dog, and the dog never showed aggression, he just wanted animal control to pick up the loose dog.
When police arrived, the dog was back in the garage, sitting by her bed. Police stood around for about a half hour, deciding what to do. When Chloe tried to exit the garage, an officer fired at her, at which point the animal control officer was able to loop the catch pole around her neck.
At this point, Chloe was restrained by an animal control officer. However, a police officer continued firing – 4 more shots into the dog, killing her at the scene.
Commerce City Police released a statement claiming that the dog was agitated, making several attempts to attack the animal control officer. They claimed that due to Chloe’s large size and aggressive demeanor, they shot and killed the dog for the safety of officers and the community.
But, a neighbor’s cell phone video told an entirely different story.
In the video, Chloe can be seen sitting calmly, not barking, not behaving aggressively. And, when officers approach, she cowers and tries to get away – she does NOT try to attack.
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