Target: Burlington, Iowa Police Chief Doug Beaird
Goal: Implement intense compassion and gun safety training within the Burlington police force
A policeman in Burlington, Iowa recently accidentally shot and killed a woman in front of her family. The officer was allegedly aiming for the family’s non-aggressive dog, but after falling on the ground the officer lodged a bullet in the woman’s chest. Not only does this incident add to the growing tally of citizens unnecessarily killed by police officers, it also highlights the dangerous fact that police officers are not in total control of their murder weapons. This devastating occurrence must not be allowed to happen again.
The Burlington police officer was escorting the woman to her home so that she could gather her belongings. The woman was previously detained for a domestic violence charge. When the woman arrived home, her husband and their four-year-old daughter were loading into a vehicle in the front of the house. The woman initiated an altercation with her husband, and witnesses say that the dog became playful due to the energy and noise of the situation. Out of fear for his safety, the officer escorting the woman took out his gun and aimed to shoot the dog. Instead, he was knocked off balance and shot the woman in the chest. She later died from her wound.
This woman was murdered for no reason, and the police officer responsible will likely not be charged accordingly, based on recent, similar incidents. Burlington police officers would benefit from further gun-safety training, in order to stop an incident like this from happening again. If an officer fails intensive gun training, then he or she should not be responsible for responding to violent situations, nor should he or she be issued a murder weapon. The officers could also greatly benefit from a course on compassion, and correctly handling “threatening” animal situations without attempting to murder the animal. Sign this petition to urge the Burlington Chief of Police, Doug Beaird, to initiate intensive training for all of his officers.
Dear Chief Beaird,
An officer of the Burlington police force recently shot and killed a woman while attempting to shoot her dog. The officer, whose name has yet to be released to the public, lodged a fatal bullet in the woman’s chest while she was in an altercation with her husband. This news is devastating, and unfortunately comes at a time of heightened police-on-civilian violence.
Due to the nature of this crime, I urge you to implement intensive gun and compassion training for your officers. Police officers must know how to properly handle murder weapons in all situations, especially during times of chaos. A police officer who accidentally shoots and kills a woman due to poor aim is extremely dangerous, and has no business owning or utilizing a gun.
Killing a domesticated pet is almost never a correct response to aggression. Animals can be soothed, if only the officer were to try. Do not let this travesty happen again under your jurisdiction.
[Your Name Here]