Target: Lake Charles Police Department
Goal: Institute new protocols that teach officers how to handle dog encounters without unnecessarily resorting to the use of deadly force
Monkey, a medium sized 10-year-old black mixed breed dog, was shot and killed by Lake Charles, Louisiana, police on July 2nd, 2012. Monkey lived with the Crochet family, who have stated that “if anyone knew Monkey they know she was not any threat to anything.” The Crochet family questioned the use of deadly force against their beloved family pet, but the Lake Charles Police Department recently announced that the officer who killed Monkey will not face disciplinary action.
This event occurred during a foot chase between police and suspects of a robbery and car jacking. Suspects involved in the chase allegedly opened the Crochet’s back gate, allowing Monkey to escape. The dog reportedly ran towards one of the police officers who was in the Crochet’s yard. Believing Monkey’s approach to be threatening, the officer shot the dog four times. Monkey, obviously in a great deal of pain, crawled towards Dolores Crochet, who had witnessed the whole event, and died in her arms. Monkey’s owner Chris Crochet stated that the dog “had not ripped his (the police officer’s) clothes, she had not tried to bite him, and he shot her instead of trying to use pepper spray or some non lethal force.”
The Crochets have already demanded a full investigation be done on this case. The Lake Charles Police Department has recently announced that after looking into the case, they have decided that the officer involved did not violate any department policies or laws. Now the family is concerned that a similar event could happen again. Chris Crochet has stated that “the sad part about this whole thing is that the Lake Charles Police Department has justified the actions of this officer and therefore set a precedent that any officer…can do the same thing and get away with it. It needs to change.”
By signing this petition, you are asking the Lake Charles Police Department to set a good example for the rest of the country by developing new rules to teach their officers how to responsibly deal with dog encounters. Ask that officers be taught how to recognize the signs of a dangerous dog, and to learn how to stop potential attacks in a non-deadly manner. There is no reason why a friendly family dog should have been killed by being shot multiple times when simple non-lethal techniques would have worked to deter her. Police officers are supposed to be people we can look towards to protect us. Citizens should not have to worry about the very livelihood of their family members, including those with fur, when police officers are around.
Dear Lake Charles Police Department,
No one should deny that police officers have an important and dangerous job. Officers should absolutely be able to protect themselves when they feel threatened. However, the officer who recently shot and killed Monkey the dog showed excessive violence and a total lack of understanding of basic dog behavior.
There is no reason why Monkey should have been shot multiple times and killed when simple non-lethal techniques would have worked to deter her. It’s unlikely that the dog was even going to attack in the first place, as she was known to be friendly. Even if the officer did feel threatened, why did he not try using pepper spray or other non-lethal techniques before shooting the dog? Why did he feel the need to shoot the dog multiple times, basically signing her death warrant, when a single shot would have been more than enough to deter her?
Please consider instituting new rules that outline how officers should responsibly deal with dog encounters. Teach officers how to recognize the signs of a dangerous dog, so they can better understand when a dog is being threatening and when it’s merely trying to be friendly or playful. To some people they may be “just dogs,” but to many others dogs are beloved family members. Citizens should not have to fear for their family member’s lives, human or canine, when police officers are around.
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