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Video: Neighbors Question Deadly Force on Pit Bull

November 27, 2012  | 

VIDEO: Deadly Force on Colo. Pit Bull

The neighbor who reported an aggressive pit bull is questioning a Commerce City (Colo.) Police officer's use of deadly force on the animal.

Kenny Collins called animal control on Saturday after he noticed his neighbor's garage door open and the dog, named Chloe, standing on the driveway. One of Collins' family members began filming as two officers and an animal-control officer responded to deal with the situation.

In the raw clip, officers can be seen attempting to contact the owner, as the dog stands at the edge of the garage. One officer can then be seen retrieving a catch pole from a police vehicle to control the dog.

One officer twice TASERs the animal, who then retreats into the garage. The dog attempts to escape, and the officer lassoes the animal with the catch pole. The second officer then fires five shots, striking and killing the dog.

In an interview with CBS Denver, Collins said he regretted calling animal control, even though pit bulls are banned in the city.

"The dog wasn't aggressive until it was Tased," Collins said.

Watch the full unedited video of the incident courtesy of WGRZ here.

Tags: Commerce City (Colo.) PD, Animals Gone Wild


Comments (18)

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Jim A @ 11/27/2012 6:52 PM

I watched the video, but cannot really tell all the details. The neighbor called in an aggressive pit bull, but later - and from his vantage point across the street - he said the dog was not aggressive until the officer shot the dog. Then he said the officer shot in his direction, which if he is across the street, the officers did not do. He said the animal control officer was upset. And so she should be. She got in to animal control to protect and care for animals. It did not turn out as she would have hoped. But as for the neighbor, what he is really upset about is that he called 911, they responded, and now he wishes he had handled it himself. So next time, buddy, go ahead. See you at the hospital, buddy.

Thor @ 11/27/2012 9:51 PM

Looked like the officer was several feet away and tried to kill the dog with multiple shots on a concrete drive that bounced bullets everywhere. Unsafe. Untrained. Here is what it takes to drop a dog with one shot. Use a wadcutter round. Touch barrel to back of dogs head. Pull trigger.
There was no cause to kill the dog but the cop went about it totally wrong. He needs a non-sworn, un-armed position. Doesn't Commerce City have Animal Control people?

Mike @ 11/28/2012 3:34 AM

...Stupid F****** PIGS, there was no crime, the PIGS entered the home without a warrent, without the home owners permission, killed a dog who was not a threat, the F****** PIGS just wanted to kill some one's dog, maybe some one go to the PIGS home and F***Up their family. Don't ever do it to my family...BOTH PIGS need to be arrested for home invasion, animal crulity, destruction of private property, sued for violoation of the home owners rights, yes PIGS, people have rights...

Nichole @ 11/28/2012 5:51 AM

Neighbor is an asshole. Doesn't look like an agressive dog until it's tased. Nice work, douchebag.

CO @ 11/28/2012 6:08 AM

There was absolutely no justification for harming this dog. He was on his own property and threatening no one. All those present should be fired, charged with animal cruelty, and sued by the dog owner! People like this disgrace all of us. In 30 years I dealt with hundreds of dogs and I never had a need to hurt or kill any of them

Dan @ 11/28/2012 7:40 AM

To Mike: You are a trouble-making asshole! Big talker. We know how the press can get things wrong at times, but it was reported the neighbor called in an aggressive dog. Then, all of a sudden, it's not? Don't disagree there may have been better alternative, but none of us were there. It's easy to 2nd-guess cops by people who weren't there or politicians thinking about re-election.

To Thor: Duh!! Did you not hear them say they felt the Animal Control Officer had lost control of the dog? Guess they do have Animal Control.

Mike @ 11/28/2012 7:56 AM

The P.O. Should Face Disp. Action! From The Video The Animal Control Officer Has The Dog In The snare/Loop And Was Getting The Dog Under Control.I Understand How The Dog Would Act Agressive If Shot With A Taser! It's Scared! And Probably Doesn"t Understand What's Happening. I Was An Officer For 28 Years And Never Had A Situation Where I Had To Draw On A Dog! Besides The P.O. Appears Young And Probably Figures This Is His Best Chance At Firing His Service Weapon On Duty. Want To Shoot An Animal, Go Shoot A Wild Pig Not Someone's pet!!!!!!!!!!

ChiefP @ 11/28/2012 8:20 AM

@ Mike,
By your earlier comments I have no doubt you are full of crap saying you were a police officer for 28 years. If you were you would understand that first off we never refer to our brothers/sisters as f****** PIGs and secondly we don't second guess their actions until we KNOW the facts. People that second guess and make stupid comments while being out of the loop on the facts are called media, not 28 year LE veterans. I have 2 pit bulls and they are wonderful members of my family but I would never put their safety over that of a human or police officer PERIOD, but then again I am a police officer and I think logically instead of by knee jerk.

Dan @ 11/28/2012 8:33 AM

Way to go, ChiefP!

John @ 11/29/2012 4:05 AM

I agree with Mike & CO. The dog was on his owners property and wasn't attacking anyone. You can't tell me one a.c.o. with a capture pole and two l.e.o.'s with oc spray and Tasers shouldn't be able to control one scared dog. What a bunch of pussies.

This country is turning into a police state. Too may officers are becoming puppets of our socialist politicians and judges. Ironically, these same officers often badmouth the officials while they are trampling on the rights of normally law abiding citizens. Officers should try respecting peoples property more.

As far as second guessing the officers involved in murdering the dog, try watching the clearly shot video with your eyes open. More people would probably support the law enforcement community if there was more accountability and less excuses/cover ups.

mike @ 11/29/2012 7:55 AM

To ChiefP I Was Not The "Mike" Who Called The Officers F******* Pigs!! I Repected My Fellow Officers And Would Not Do That! Do Not Always Assume THe Same Person Is Responsible!!

Crazy Dog Lady @ 12/13/2012 12:15 AM

Mr. Police Officer,
1. Dogs, do not know you are a Police Man. They only know how to be pets and "dogs" THEY SEE YOU AS A STRANGE MAN WITH ZERO SENSE OF HUMOR.
2. Dogs are never, EVER, CRIMINALS. The OWNERS are.
3. Because they won't see you as the "Police Officer" and say "Woof!, I surrender, don't shoot, woofwoof" that doesn't give you right to shoot them due to YOUR stupidity. DO NOT EXPECT THEM TO ACT LIKE A HUMAN CRIMINALS. AGAIN REMINDER: DOGS =/ CRIMINALS
4. DOGS=DOGS. DOGS=/CRIMINALS
5. DO NOT SHOOT DOGS OR FAMILY PETS. THAT MAKES YOU LOOK REALLY BAD ( and do not understand the above 4 points.)
6. BECAUSE REALLY POLICE OFFICERS ARE THE ONLY ONES SAYING "I WAS DEFENDING AGGRESSIVE DOG." COME ON. YOU, THE POLICE OFFICERS, ARE THE ONLY ONES SAYING THAT. NOT UPS GUYS, NOT POSTAL CARRIERS, NOT ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS,.........
7. Even though your department MAY protect you, really, if you shoot a dog, YOU ARE A LIABILITY.
8. SO, JUST DON'T DO IT
9. IF YOU ARE AN HONORABLE POLICE OFFICER
10. And a Real MAN.

rose sherman @ 12/13/2012 5:51 AM

The police officer who shot the poor dog waited untill the dog was caught and then shot it! How on earth is that right? Also seems to me that the neighbour regretted calling police because had he realised they would shoot it he would'nt have. So yeh he feels guilty, but then he was worried about the dog at the time. Seems to me that the police of america are very trigger happy. The last thing i want to say is this " I am so glad that police in the uk do not carry guns all the time, specially if this is what is going to happen all the time"!!!!!!

David @ 12/13/2012 6:05 AM

I never second guess Police..but in this case I'm sorry, this officer acted impulsively, and without regard for the safety of other people in the area, and most importantly, there was NO reason to kill this dog. Chloe never acted aggressively, was NOT a pit bull, and the kids in the neighborhood told the police the dogs name and that they had played with her. Not one of the cops tries to approach the dog...she just calmly sits there until provoked by a cop with a taser. Then she tries to flee..a natural impulse for a threatened animal. Worst of all the AC officer has the dog snared right before the dog is killed. What reason does this cop have to shoot the dog at that point? Again, I don't like to disparage police...but to me it sure looks like a trigger happy cop to me. The neighbor to me is just trying to relive his own guilt..I heard the 911 call..he escalates the situation by describing the dog as an aggressive pit bull...maybe if you just tried to approach the dog peacefully instead of calling the police this all could have been avoided..I know all the cops and animal haters are going to call me stupid for saying that, but as a dog lover I would have been willing to at least try to resolve this without the dog dying.

chris @ 12/13/2012 6:33 AM

@David if your are an officer thank you for having common sense I heard the comment he like "i tap on the window and the dog bark" well what you except the dog to do when it hears a noise? I don't even think the person who call the cops even went outside. Trust me i am dog lover. I have voice my cocern to my local police deparment and im not found of my local police (longer story)

Marie @ 12/13/2012 12:31 PM

ChefP you lost me with your comment
"I am a police officer and I think logically instead of by knee jerk."

All you have to do is read and watch how many officers are acting impulsively with no regard, no clear thinking and as your comment states logically.
Police departments need training in animal behavior and to be held accountable for their wrong actions.

jeremy @ 12/13/2012 11:25 PM

Officers,

This case is going to be a defining case in the US regarding the definition of what constitutes use of lethal force with a family's dog. It has been established that there was another dog in the garage, a labrador, that escaped as the gun shots were fired and unbelievably, Animal Control and officers on scene let the labrador roam the neighborhood until being brought back. The neighborhood kids did indeed inform officers the lab/terrier mix was a neighborhood dog who they knew...just the neighbor reporting the dog loose described it as an unknown dog. The police department chose to turn the investigation over to the DA's office and trust every Coloradoan dog owner is smothering the DA's office, city council, and police chief demanding accountability for family pets who do not meet the threshold for use of lethal force. Many well to do dog owners will be taking every officer to task in civil court to stop shooting of dogs that can be handled by non lethal methods that every mail man and UPS driver uses. Please ask your own PD unions and chiefs for clear definitions and state statute defining what constitutes use of lethal force. This officer is done in the state of Colorado and this man's therapy dog was killed needlessly without clear definitions.

Mike @ 12/21/2012 9:33 AM

...officer dumb F*** was just arrested FELONY charges...hope he does time in general pop...

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