Target: Chief Allen Banks, Round Rock Police Department
Goal: Punish officers for allegedly killing a non-threatening disabled dog.
The Round Rock Police Department is responsible for the death of an old, disabled companion dog, Bullet, according to a suit filed by Russell Lane, Jr. He was an eight-year-old Rottweiler whom Lane had taken in as a puppy. Officers stated that the dog had charged them and the use of lethal force was necessary, but forensic evidence would later contradict their claim.
Officers were responding to an alarm when they entered Lane’s residence and began sweeping his house for intruders and threats. It was not until they had reached the back bedroom that they would encounter Bullet and fire upon him five times. The officers reported that this action was justifiable as self defense.
An autopsy later revealed that the aged Rottweiler suffered from moderate to severe hip dysplasia which would inhibit Bullet from charging as the officers had claimed. Furthermore, the veterinarian revealed that the last three bullet wounds indicated that Bullet was fleeing when he died. Lane commented, “Is he going to turn into Cujo in the hallway if he never even met you at the front door?”
The alarm to Lane’s home was triggered, but there was a posted sign next to the door which clearly stated the presence of a Rottweiler inside. A life could have been spared if officers had taken reasonable measures and precautions when they entered the residence. Sign this petition and demand that the Round Rock Police require nonlethal force when handling dogs from this point on.
Dear Mr. Banks,
A dog named Bullet recently passed away as the result of your officers responding to an alarm at a private residence. The officers reported that Bullet had charged at them and this justified the use of lethal force. An autopsy later indicated that the dog was incapable of charging and that he was running away while being fired upon. The dog’s owner also had a sign clearly posted near his front door that warned of Bullet’s presence.
It is simply not enough to train your law enforcement officers on how to deal effectively and safely with dogs. The officers must enact this training. Please set an example for law enforcement and make a stand for dogs all over the United States by requiring your officers to use nonlethal deterrents when handling canines.
[Your Name Here]
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