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Court Rules Police Can Shoot Your Dog If They Do Anything But Sit Still


The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently ruled in favor of police officers killing citizens' pets if they do anything but stay seated. Judges Moore and Clay and District Judge Hood heard an appeal from the plaintiffs Mark and Cheryl Brown, from Battle Creek, Michigan. The Browns filed a lawsuit against the Battle Creek Police Department, the City of Battle Creek, and officers Jeffrey Case, Christof Klein, and Damon Young following an incident which resulted in the death of their dogs due to the actions of the officers. On April 17, 2013, the police officers attempted to obtain a warrant to search the Browns' home after a police informant reported another man, called Vincent Jones, for distributing heroin, cocaine, and marijuana from the residence. Jones was then apprehended before the police arrived at the scene, according to reports.

Mark Brown had gone to his home during his lunch break to let out his two pit bulls, after which he locked the door and headed back to work. As he was on his way, the police arrived and detained him, although he was not a suspect in the police search. Despite telling the police officers that he had a key so they didn't need to destroy the front door in order to get into the house, they went ahead and destroyed it anyway. Officer Klein then claimed that the larger dog was barking and even "lunged" at him, despite the Browns disputing the police claims, and even stating that the smaller of the two dogs had "never barked a day in her life". Officer Klein later admitted that the pet "had only moved a few inches".


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