The police chief of Racine, Wisconsin, has had to answer quite a few questions after a video, starring members of his SWAT team, has gone viral. After responding to a simple doggy doo-doo dispute, the SWAT team piled up behind a nearby car and killed a dog running away from them.
It reportedly all began when neighborhood resident Kim Polk witnessed a man attempting to walk away after his dog had defecated in her lawn. “His dog proceeded to soil my grass, and I asked him, ‘You are going to pick that up because I don’t want that sitting on my grass,’” Polk recalls.
Instead of simply picking up the excrement, the obnoxious man simply kicked the dog-doo into a pile of leaves Kim had been raking, and then he threatened her family dog with a bow and arrow.
When Kim’s husband was told of the incident, he went to the neighbor’s house to confront him on the issue. But things went from bad to worse. “He closed the door and came back to the door with a machete in his hand, a very long machete, so at that time my husband backed up off the property, and I had my daughter call the police,” Polk recalled.
When SWAT showed up, a nearby resident pulled out her cell phone and began recording. The video was then posted online and immediately went viral on account of the disturbing event she caught on tape.
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In the footage, a dog was seen approaching officers, but quickly turned around and headed back in the direction it had come. Unfortunately, the officers had fired at least two rounds into the back of the pup, sending the canine to the ground and the neighborhood into chaos.
The woman who caught the incident on video can be heard shouting, “Oh my God! They shot the dog. You f*cking a**holes,” immediately after the shooting.
Obviously, the whole story can’t be told via a short video. Racine Police Chief Art Howell gave a bit of insight into the matter saying:
On a personal level, I am saddened over the loss of a domestic pet that more than likely, had no malice against anyone. During this standoff, the dog owner threatened to use a body armor piercing crossbow to kill officers, and this subject threatened to use his dog as a weapon against officers as well. After several hours of dialogue with crisis negotiators, the barricaded subject ultimately made good on his threat to introduce the dog into the active standoff.
Officers, who for over three hours were focused on peacefully resolving this crisis through dialogue, were now forced to deal with the distraction and unpredictability of having the subject’s dog moving through the scene of this active encounter at a critical time.
He later concluded that, “Additional review is in order; however, judgment relative to the actions taken should be reserved until the matter has been thoroughly reviewed and all facts are known and considered.”
Now knowing more of the story, what do you think – was the shooting justified or excessive?
Courtesy of Mad World News