On Sunday, as a part of the weekly roundup, I posted the online video footage of police officers in LaGrange, MO shooting a dog in their city.
The video is a 7 minute video that was edited from about 60 minutes of footage show police officers chasing a chained dog trying to catch it. The dog was called a 'pit bull mix' (which is debatable from the footage) which apparently need to be licensed and muzzled in LaGrange.
After chasing the fearful dog (the dog actually spends the entire video trying to avoid the officers, not attack them) for around 60 minutes, officers finally secured the dog on a catch pole. The dog resisted the catch pole (which is common) for a bit, and then finally settled down. Upon the dog settling down, the officer drew his weapon and shot the dog twice - -killing it.
Upon the release of the footage, the mayor of LaGrange, Ronnie Powers, along with the rest of the city council, released this statement in reaction -- defending the officer's actions. Neither officer involved has been disciplined.
Here's a snippet (emphasis added):
"During the course of over 1 hour in which the officers were on scene, the dog refused to cooperate with the officers to allow for the safe transportation of the dog to the city dog pound for proper housing until the owner could be located. During this period of time, the dog continued to display aggressive and vicious propensities toward the police officers, and eventually broke the chain leash holding the animal. Following these incidents and numerous unsuccessful attempts to control the dog, the officers concern for the safety of the nearby residents, as well as themselves, became paramount and the officers were compelled to destroy the dog."
The dog had been controlled by the officer by the time it was shot.
The animal was fearful, not aggressive, and any fool who watches the video can see that.
The dog "not cooperating" with the officer with the catchpole would be a laughable statement if the ending wasn't so tragic.
It is impossible for me to even think that the mayor and the city council even watched the same video. The officer's actions were indefensible. And the mayor and council's defending it is even worse.