POLICE BRUTALITY: Dog Beaten & Shot Dead By Overreacting Cop At Crowded Street Festival

EDITORS NOTE: ALTHOUGH THIS HAPPENED IN 2010 I FELT IT NEEDED TO BE SHOWN TO THE READERS.

(ILD)   Was the shooting death of a dog by a police officer during a crowded street festival in Washington, D.C. justified? A Poodle mix and a Pit Bull-Shar Pei mix named Parrot got into a scuffle at the Adams Morgan Day festival. Aaron Block, Parrot’s owner, told the Washington Post that he had separated the dogs and was trying to calm Parrot when police officers arrived.

In a statement, Block said Officer Scott Fike knocked him off of Parrot. As a photo taken by witness “Darcycat1” shows, Fike then kneed Parrot in the back and yanked the dog’s front paws underneath him.

Lifting the dog by his neck and back, Fike then threw Parrot over a banister and down a 10-foot concrete stairwell. Block says that when his dog – who “doesn’t handle stairs well” and was 12 to 15 steps away from Fike – staggered to his feet, the officer shot and killed him.

“The officer drew his gun in an unnecessary act of cowboy gun-slinging law enforcement and shot my dog amidst a crowd of thousands,” Block said. He had been fostering Parrot through Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.

The police report (PDF) tells an different story, stating that Parrot charged toward Fike in the stairwell. According to the report, Fike, “[f]earing for his safety and the safety of the large crowd that had gathered, discharged one round from his departmental issued 9MM Glock striking the pitbull causing it to fall to the bottom of the stairs. The pitbull later expired.”

Two festival attendees agree with the police report, although neither witnessed the actual shooting. Tony De Pass, a former D.C. police officer, told the Washington Post that Parrot snapped at Fike as the officer held him down, prompting Fike to throw the dog down the stairwell. (The police report says Fike was not bitten, but only scratched on his hand and wrist.) Soleiman Askarinam, the owner of a nearby restaurant, said it took several officers to get Parrot under control, and he felt police “did a good job” in controlling the situation.

Many more witnesses dispute the report. Lucky Dog Animal Rescue reports that one unnamed witness said Parrot appeared to be stunned from the fall and did not charge the officer. The witness said the dog had just gotten to his feet when Fike drew his gun and opened fire without provocation.

“This I saw because I was standing at the doorway of the business where the dog was killed,” the witness said. “As I turned away, in one to three seconds a single shot rang out. I then went out on the platform above the stairwell, and saw the dying dog’s head was nearly on top of the floor drain next to the locked gate at the bottom of the steps, facing away from the steps.”

Other horrified witnesses included 9-year-old Neda Changuit and her parents, who said Parrot appeared to be subdued before Fike threw him over the banister. Changuit’s mother watched “with shock and total disbelief” as Fike calmly fired at the dog. “I thought initially that it couldn’t possibly be a real gun,” she told the Washington Post.

Sushi, the Poodle mix involved in the fight – and who some eyewitnesses say initiated the scuffle — is recovering from two broken bones and a large gash. Her owner, Sheila Martins, told the Washington Post, “the police did the right thing because at that moment, the dog, it wasn’t controllable. I could tell like how aggressive the dog was. If he would start running around, he would attack somebody.” Martins did not witness the shooting.

Parrot is not the only dog to have been questionably shot and killed by a police officer in recent months. As we reported last month, an off-duty officer shot dead Bear-Bear in a Maryland dog park after he got in a scuffle with his dog. The officer, Keith Shepherd, was charged with two misdemeanors: Animal cruelty and discharging a firearm within 100 yards of an occupied home.

In another case this past Sunday in St. Petersburg, Fla., a Chesapeake Bay Retriever and a Rottweiler were both shot to death by what their owner called a “trigger-happy cop” after they scuffled with an unleashed dog that attacked them during a walk. Even after the Chessie was shot and lying on the ground, the officer, Slobodan Juric, shot her two more times. An internal affairs investigation is underway.

Meanwhile, “in memory of a fantastic dog,” Lucky Dog Animal Rescue has created Parrot’s Fund. Donations will be used to rescue bully breeds in high-kill shelters and to educate the community “on the many wonderful attributes of these dogs.”

You can demand that the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department investigates Parrot’s shooting and takes appropriate action against the officer by signing this petition. (Be aware that this links to a petition targeting the Metropolitan Police Department. There is another petition on Facebook that targets the wrong Scott Fike.)

http://www.ilovedogs.com/2010/09/rescue-dog-shot-dead-by-cop-at-crowded-street-festival/

19 Responses to POLICE BRUTALITY: Dog Beaten & Shot Dead By Overreacting Cop At Crowded Street Festival

  • Getting really sick and tired of these cops overreacting and using their guns! Guy should be brought up on charges. It appears all they do is give them a badge and a gun and send them out. No God damn common sense!

  • I feel it was the moron that should’ve been cited,I cannot blame the Dog for the stupity of the one in control of the Dog & the John Wayne cop should of been suspended for his actions to me it was uncalled for

  • Overreacting cop? That is an understatement!

    I no longer have any respect for cops! I am right to no longer have any respect for cops. What we have now in this country is a police junta. If there were good cops there wouldn’t be cops like that! They would put an end to it if they were good cops! That means that a bunch of brutal criminals called cops or police have taken control, along with the other organized crime juntas that have taken over this country! They are a mafia! I am sick to death of these moron authoritarian scumbags who try to justify these atrocities! The communists had a name for you, their enablers: USEFUL IDIOTS! YES YOU ARE USEFUL IDIOT ENABLERS! YOU ARE ENABLERS OF THE DIMANTLEMENT OF THE U.S.A.!

    As for the police. They are far from being the best. In most jurisdictions they are not even required to have a college education. In fact cops are chosen for their low IQs! You don’t believe me? http://www.nytimes.com/1999/09/09/nyregion/metro-news-briefs-connecticut-judge-rules-that-police-can-bar-high-iq-scores.html

    Cops have been tested extensively to see what kind of personalities they have. The results, they were quite similar to penitentiary inmates (lots of psychopaths).

    Furthermore, the whole thing is based on a psychopathic lunatic and his reaction to corporate media whore fearmongering hysteria campaigns against certain breeds of dogs! The insane idiot authoritarian scum in this country react hysterically to whatever the whore spinmeisters in the media choose to cover in a hysterical manner.

    My prediction is that people who have nothing left to lose are not going to put up with this much longer! This mafia wearing blue uniforms or black uniforms with ski masks to hide their identities while they commit crimes and destroy our country while supporting their organized crime contollers will finally have to deal with the people that they have abused.

    That cop is a subhuman criminal! Those who defend it are subhuman scum!

  • Suspended? That piece of garbage should be imprisoned!

  • I never met a dog owner who had better social graces than their dog. Anybody bringing such dogs to a street fair are stupid and looking for trouble.

  • Where are the taser happy dudes when it comes to dogs????????????

  • I agree with Howard, who, in their right mind, would bring a dog to a street fair?
    The cop is a neanderthal but, so are the dog owners.

    " Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity but, I’m not really sure about the universe". -Albert Einstein-

  • sounds like the cop was aggressive towards the dog, then and were not sure of this the dog reacted as it should when it feels threatened by the cop. so the officer in a fit of rage because the animal did not do as he wished, and he then felt threatened launched the dog down a flight of stairs. when the animal stood up, he was shot by the so called peace officer. the only witness one can say they believe, is the little nine year old girl and perhaps her family. most did not see the shooting and the one is a so called peace officer fellow and comrade in blue. now lets roll the scene back to the beginning when the officer comes into the picture and lets ask ourselves did he do what perhaps should have been done and evaluate the situation and react? or did he come on like a cowboy as the picture seems to show? why not show good judgement, and common sense, with a cool calm attitude and I would be willing to bet, that this situation would not have happened, and the dog would be alive, and most all would have been satisfied with the result. why is it time and time again we hear of a minor problem or incident only escalating when the police arrive. are they not suppose to arrive and make the situation better(peace officer) instead of worse? never heard of officers acting like this or treating his fellow man or animals this way, when I was young. why is it so common today ? why did these problems and or things not happen with good cops years ago? seems to me that society, mankind and animals are pretty much the same, it would appear to someone with an IQ higher then his waistline that the problem is this new breed of peace officer? and now were told that the police will investigate and the truth will come forth and all will be well. how manhy times must we watch this movie here the same thing over and over and expect a different result. when someone other then the police investigate these incidents without bias, and these so called peace officers are held accountable, then and only then, can we as a public feel safe and secure again ,in regards to what happens when the police come on the scene.

  • Oh wow how brave……These Guys are truly REAL TOUGH GUYS…SUE THE HELL OUT OF THEM

  • Typical AmeriKKan pig. Short dick with high ego and the gun all together will create an ass like on the picture above.

  • He Shall Recieve The Same To The 10th Power. Fucking swine touch my Canine and the least you have to worry about is a little 9mm. 27.6 gram steel balls coming in your direction at rapid succession for a prolonged period of pain therapy until all membranes are ruptured. Pets are FAMILY and ANYONE that harms them will be EXPIRED ON SITE.

  • This cop needs to go to IRAQ/Afganistan and let him mouth off to some kid over there in a war zone. That kid from Iraq/Afganistan would cut his balls off and feed them to his goat. He is a tuff guy that beats up old ladies,and people in wheelchairs, this man is looking for action he needs to join the miltary. How about high up in the mountians in Afghanistan let him pull that bully stuff over there. Where real men are not cowards like this cop and other cops are. They want war. They have no idea!!! They have no power. Just a badge and a gun. Take that away and they have no power.Then see them as they are-"punks" "COWARDS" "Abusive ASSWHOLES" and who like those type of people….NOBODY

  • It says the owner was fostering a dog from a shelter. My opionion (and just that just an opinion) is that this was probably not the best time or place to instill training for a shelter dog. Was probably overwhelming. As for the officers actions, I totally believe he could have just as easily tased the dog and had him under contol and not had to take it’s life. My son is a police officer and after he read this his reaction was the same as mine.

  • trigger happy cop. must feel good killing a helpless dog. make you feel big does it? you couldn’t have just used a stun gun then or tazer or something. nooo use a bullet that will do it. useless scum, complete grade A moron does not deserve a badge. and you threw him down some stairs what were you thinking. it’s a dog. not a human. let me throw you down some stairs see how you like it, imagine how the dog must have fealt. I hope you get shot yourself. and I hope it’s.slow and painful. Skurwysyn!

  • Coward cop, Scott Fike. Resign already. My humans still hate you.

  • I bring my dog to festivals and shows all the time. If you actually take care of your dog and socialise it and train it you’re dog is fine being in a situation like that. You cant humanise animals.

  • I am SO SICK of cops and their freakish brutality tactics. ANY cop that is so trigger happy to KILL sensely should be IMMEDIATELY relieved from duty. They are to represent the PEOPLE and the animals BELONG TO the people. HE GOES!!!!!!

  • If we used the actions of one member of a minority as a broad brush with which to paint the whole minority, we would rightly be called a bigot, racist, or other such term.

    I have an inconvenient truth for all the cop haters posting in this thread: Cops are a minority.

    Carry on, haters.

  • I cannot believe this, cops shouldn’t kill dogs there are other ways to handle them without having to use a gun.The dog didn’t even bite him sounds like this cop is scared of anything probably paranoid about anything. they should take away his job and throw him straight to jail for this.Some cops do not know whats right and whats wrong.screw! training police man how about minimizing their freedom to do whatever they want.

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