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Family of Dog Shot by Police Awarded $262,000 Settlement

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Cell phone video footage was instrumental in the case against Commerce City Police.

Officer Robert Price shot Chloe 5 times, killing her. He was cleared of animal cruelty charges in 2013.

Chloe’s owner, Gary Branson, took the matter to civil court where, more than 3 years after the wrongful death of his beloved dog, he was awarded $262,000 – one of the largest settlements of this kind.

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  1. Avatar Of Sherri Smith-Watson

    Sherri Smith-Watson

    says:

    Although I’m glad the family received the settlement, it in no way makes up for the loss of this wonderful, gentle dog. At no time did the dog behave aggressively and was quite calm throughout. She did not even behave aggressively after being wounded and put on a catch pole and merely tried to escape the pain of the bullets entering her body. I find it unconscionable that the officer who fired the shots was not charged with animal cruelty as there was absolutely no justification for him shooting Chloe. I wonder if the video was presented as evidence in his trial.

  2. Avatar Of Sherri Smith-Watson

    Sherri Smith-Watson

    says:

    Although I’m glad that this family received the settlement, it doesn’t begin to make up for the loss of this wonderful, gentle dog. At no time did the dog behave aggressively, even after being wounded and put on a catch pole. She was merely trying to get away from the pain of the bullets entering her body. I find it unconscionable that the officer who shot Chloe was not found guilty of animal cruelty as there was no reason whatsoever for him to shoot this gentle dog.

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