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A Cleburne, Texas police officer is under investigation after shooting and killing a dog that, he says, acted aggressively toward him.
However, video footage taken from the officer’s lapel camera tells a different story.
Last August, Cleburne Police responded to a call about three Pit Bulls running loose in a neighborhood after escaping from their fenced-in back yard.
One of the dogs was captured and returned home right away. When an officer located the remaining two dogs, he explained that they were friendly at first, but when one of the dogs, a 7-month old Pit Bull named Maximus, began growling and coming toward the officer, he felt he had no choice but to shoot and kill the dog.
In the video, the officer can be heard luring the dogs, who are both wagging their tails and NOT aggressively approaching him, by making kissing noises, all while aiming his gun at the pair. He then repeatedly fires at Maximus, killing him. In the video, Maximus can be seen limping and injured. Rather than seek medical attention for the dog, the officer continues firing until he is dead.
A spokesperson for the Cleburne Police Department said that the video is concerning and the incident is under investigation. The officer has not been named. No information has been provided about whether the officer is on leave during the investigation, or how long the investigation is expected to take and what, if any, action will be taken.
WARNING: The video below contains graphic footage which may be disturbing to some viewers.
It is about time that we stop with this foolish and naive belief that our “public servants” are our friends. That propaganda has gotten us where we are today, with our politicians and police running roughshod, amok, and out of control over those that they have sworn to serve and protect. If you assume a role of authority or leadership, you should be held to a higher standard. Do ANYTHING wrong and you get a more SEVERE punishment than the usual civilian – those you are supposed to serve – would get. And if you are covering for a fellow criminal/officer you get even worse still! It is time to stop allowing the tail to wag the dog!
I hope this guy looses his job. If he is this unstable who knows what he will do when faced with a human.
this person is going to be prosecuted and losses he’s job.
this man, is not a man hope he is prosecuted if the law is followed he will be i want to know
EXCESSIVE FORCE!!!!!! IF THEY CAN DO IT TO HUMANS, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT THEY DO TO POOR INOCENT CREATURES WHEN THEY HAVE THE CHANCE!!!!!!! JUSTICE FOR MAXIMUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I PRAY THIS PERSON GOES TO HELL!!!
Really, lose the caps lock you will sound a lot more intelligent.
This piece of garbage is not a “cop”, he’s a criminal who has somehow gotten behind the lines, lied to the police department, posed as someone who’s here to “PROTECT and SERVE”, and now attacking the very people he’s supposed to be serving.
If any single person in this country did what he did, they would 10000% guaranteed be in jail for multiple offenses, (firing a weapon in public, animal abuse, animal cruelty etc). Not to mention, what about the poor family who’s out searching for their dog, only to see this video of that piece of shit luring their dog over and then shooting it for no reason.
I can’t wait until that mother fuc#er is locked up and the jailbirds find out he’s a cop. He’ll be taking it in the ass, doggy style…….how ironic
That was well said! I think in the horribleness of this story, it gets lost that he LIED to the officials about the story and there is 100% concrete evidence from his own video. But I hope that when he is locked up, the irony of how will get it is still not enough.
POS cop, coward ……hide behind a badge & gun, fire this piece of crap or lure him in & shoot this worthless POS cop, frickin COWARD, no different then the crap on the streets, hope you rot in hell
This is a cop with what he deems is authority to kill anything. next time it will be you or your kid. He’s a coward and shouldn’t own a gun, yet have a badge. From what I saw and heard, these dogs didn’t approach him, charge him, growl at him etc. he chose to shoot (bad aim) and then continued. And OOPS…my lapel camera is on and then it stops. Why are taxpayers asked over and over to pay for these cowards, murderers etc paychecks while on administrative leave??? if he worked for a private company he would be fired immediately!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This unstable person gives law enforcement a bad name. Having several police officers in my family, I hope this guy is relieved from duty permanently.
This man does not deserve to be an office of the law. He is despicable. This kind of thing makes me SOOOOOOO mad. that dog was being friendly and that man is an IDIOT. Put a uniform on him and he thinks he know it all. Knock him down a few pegs. He MUST be found guilty of animal abuse and spend time in jail. That was so horrible I can hardly stand it.
FIRE AND LOCK HIM UP IN A MENTAL INSTITUTION……THIS BASTARD IS A CRIMINAL ANIMAL ABUSER….JUSTICE FOR MAXIMUS & FRIENDS IF HE CAN KILL A ANIMAL AS COLD BLOOD AS SEEN ON THIS VIDEO IS 100%PROOF… IMAGINE WHAT HE WOULD DO TO A CIVILIAN. SET ONE UP WITH DRUGS OR KILL ONE FOR FUN AND CLAIM SELF DEFENSE…WE ARE NOT SAFE WITH THIS DEMENTED SICKO OUT ON OUR STREET WTF OUR WORLD IS NOT SAFE …PETITION THIS BASTARD TO LIFE IN JAIL… EVERY ONE PETION HIM FOR HIS CRULE ACTS TO ANIMAL AND KEEP US AND ALL ANIMALS SAFE FROM THIS SO CALLED OFFICER OF WHAT LAW?
I am just sick from watching this. I have no respect for this officer. He is a disgrace to humanity – this did not make you a hero nor a man in my book. Shame on you – I hope you get fired.
Not only that, but I have no respect for his department if he’s not arrested and treated just like everyone else. If they try and sugar coat this, then they’re part of the problem and no better than him. This is a perfect example of what our government is getting away with on a daily basis nowadays. They abuse us, take away our rights, control everything we do, and then they do whatever they want because they have a badge. It’s getting worse every day.
This “officer of the law” is a poor example of a human being and a coward at best. The fact that he represents decent law enforcement officers out there doing their thankless jobs everyday is pathetic. He needs to be fired immediately or the Chief needs to explain publicly why he is the best that he can recruit.
Abuse of power. If’ he’ll do this to a dog wagging his tail he’ll do it to a person who is following his instructions. This is a disgusting excuse for a human being and I cannot even begin to express the pain and horror I wish for him in his own demise. When I get home from work I’m going to hug my dogs extra tight.
I heard today that someone called 911 because these two pits were loose actually three and the people could not get out of their vehicle. Then that the office approached these two with the kissing noise, said Maximus started aggressively up the hill towards him. Now I was not there, but by this video Maximus was wagging his tail and I never saw him start up the hill ?? Officers are finding it way to easy to just shoot a dog. I get it that this maybe should fall back on the owners, if their dogs had not been out running around then Maximus would not be gone today. They did not pull the trigger and as far as I could tell there was time for animal control to come out and the owners to be fined. R.I.P. Maximus
I am sick to death of hearing these kind of stories.This idiot needs to have his badge taken away and prosecuted.He is nothing but a coward in my book!!!! Another trigger happy cop looking for some reason to use his gun….smh