Target: Elias Voulgaris, District Commander of Chicago Police Department 19th District
Goal: To take appropriate disciplinary action against an officer who carelessly shot a puppy
Recently, a puppy in Chicago, Illinois was carelessly injured in an unnecessary shooting. The puppy was shot by a police officer who was giving out parking tickets in a local neighborhood. No action has been taken against the police officer and justice has yet to be attained for the puppy and his owners.
Colonel Phillips is the 7-month-old puppy that was shot by the police officer. The police officer shot at Colonel twice, but luckily he missed and did not make a direct hit. The puppy was hit by the ricocheted bullet and bullet fragments. Colonel has received surgery to remove the bullet lodged in his back left paw as well as bullet fragments in his stomach. While Colonel is well and making a speedy recovery, he may have a limp for the rest of his life.
Al Phillips, Colonel’s owner, is extremely upset by what has occurred. He and neighbors who witnessed the event say that Mr. Phillips was not given ample time to get Colonel; Mr. Phillips is 74 years old and has a bad knee so he cannot move quickly. The neighbors who witnessed the event are extremely puzzled by the officer’s actions and claimed that the officer drew his gun on Colonel after the puppy approached him “wagging his tail.” Witnesses say that the event took only a matter of seconds to escalate; the police officer screamed at Colonel twice before firing at him.
After shooting Colonel, the police officer went back to writing parking tickets. He did not address the situation that had just taken place nor did he apologize or explain his actions. Currently, no action has been taken against this police officer; neighbors of Mr. Phillips said that they have seen him still on the streets in his uniform. Sign the petition below to demand justice for Colonel and his family.
Dear Mr. Voulgaris,
A police officer from the 19th District recently shot a puppy. Although the officer claimed he was defending himself, he did not give the owner of the dog ample time to collect his dog or to inform the officer that his dog was harmless. Witnesses claim that the puppy approached the officer “wagging his tail.” It is apparent that this officer has not received proper training regarding animal behavior and temperament if he saw a happy puppy as a threat. Something needs to be in order to prevent future instances like this from occurring.
This police officer must be reprimanded for his actions. The shooting took place in an open area that was near a preschool. Colonel, the puppy that was shot, was lucky enough only to the be hit by ricocheted bullets. This situation could have been far worse; the ricocheted bullets could have hit onlookers and even children. Please take the action to reprimand this police officer in an appropriate manner.
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Photo credit: “Colonel Phillips” page on Facebook