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Colorado City Pays More Than $256K Over Officer's Shooting of Pet Dog

January 28, 2016  | 

The shooting of Chloe, a mixed breed dog, by a Commerce City, CO, police officer has led to a $262,500 settlement.
The shooting of Chloe, a mixed breed dog, by a Commerce City, CO, police officer has led to a $262,500 settlement.

In what’s being called the largest settlement of its kind, Commerce City, CO, has agreed to pay $262,500 to a man whose dog was killed by a police officer.

Gary Branson lost his dog Chloe in November 2012.

Commerce City police were called to check on complaints that a dog was running loose. One of the officers who responded shot at and killed Chloe..

The officer was taken to trial on animal cruelty charges and found not guilty by a jury.

Attorney Jennifer Edwards with the Englewood-based Animal Law Center says that decision prompted the organization to file a civil lawsuit against the city.

The fight came to a close for Branson when the city agreed to pay him more than a quarter of a million dollars. Edwards told CBS News it’s the largest U.S. settlement of its kind and sets precedent for thousands of other cases.

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Comments (6)

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Robert @ 1/29/2016 8:33 AM

Wow...could the dog talk?
Now the question: The LEO was arrested and found not guilty of a crime. The city paid the settlement...legally, this means between 51% and "beyond a reasonable doubt" of the evidence showed a crime was committed.
So, is the LEO still employed as an LEO for this department? Why should the taxpayers of this area have to pay the lawsuit and then still have this person working for them?
Every citizen in Commerce City just wrote a $1 check to this guy...and for the next few years will incur extra costs for insurance.
--All unarmed police shootings of civilians should go to jury trial.
--All police settlements (or jury awards) for unlawful activities should lead to suspensions and demotions // or firings.

I guess the commerce city police department has problems shooting both themselves and dogs?

FDC @ 1/30/2016 3:58 PM

Are we the people that stupid where we pay some doosh a quarter mill for a stupid dog? There is no way that should have been paid...I love my dog but she is not worth even 2000 dollars. We should pay only what they paid for the dogs. But them a new dog but damn don't pay that. Just like paying millions for a human life. .let's pay what they were capable of making for the rest of their life and NO more

John retired IA PD @ 1/30/2016 7:23 PM

A settlement does not necessarily mean that a crime was committed. It just means that someone decided on the settlement to make the situation go away. Insurance companies many times are the decision makers in settlements. I'm not saying it is right, just the way it is.

Percy @ 1/31/2016 4:45 PM

OR, maybe you people could stop shooting people's pets.
I had a paper route as ayoung man, got the shit scared out of me
a few times, but I never thought to grease the dog. If you can't handle
a dog without killing it in no way should you be able to exploit them.
@FDC, nice of you to call it a stupid dog perhaps we could also do away
with these ridiculous doggy funerals (publicly funded I might add) and
if one of yours is injured on the job put it down and save taxpayer a ton
of money. The same way you people are talking about when a SUSPECT
is killed before a trial.

plato's playdough @ 2/1/2016 1:29 AM

How much was the plaintiff's attorney's cut? 33 percent? Sweet!!

John retired IA PD @ 2/1/2016 3:41 PM

A man gets $262,500 from the city when his dog is killed by an officer. How much does the city give the family of an officer who is killed in the line of duty?

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