Target: Randy Williams, Chief of Police in Liberty Hill, Texas
Goal: Relieve from duty a police officer that carelessly shot a dog
In Liberty Hill, Texas, Police Officer Woodson Blase was serving a warrant for violation of probation. He approached the home, knocked twice, and received no answer. He went around back, where two German shepherds approached him. He opened fire, wounding one of the dogs. He was at the wrong house. Thankfully, the dog survived.
The warrant was for Bradly Neal Simpson, and the issue was vehicle registration. The officer approached the home of Renata and James Simmons, who have never heard of the man. The couple stated that their grandchild was playing outside the home very close to where their dog, Vinny, was shot. They want the officer stripped of his position.
This careless mix up cannot be forgiven. Not only did the officer approach and attempt to enter a home that the warrant didn’t cover, but he showed an excessive display of force against animals. More and more often, police are shooting domestic and calm dogs for simply approaching. Officers are trained to use judgement when shooting at what they call ‘charging dogs,’ yet in almost every case, shots are fired regardless of the situation.
The lack of care this officer had in executing his duties are astounding. Approaching the wrong house, and shooting an animal with children present. Sign this petition to urge the Chief of Police in Liberty Hill to strip this officer of his badge and relieve him from duty.
Dear Randy Williams,
Recently, an officer in your department was serving a warrant for violating probation, yet he approached the wrong house. After knocking, he went around back and opened fire on two German shepherds, not taking into consider the presence of children. He shot one of the dogs, Vinny, who thankfully survived.
The residents of the home he attempted to enter are furious. The officer placed them and their grandchild in danger, and shot their dogs over his own careless error. This cannot be allowed to continue. You claim that no laws were broken and any training issues might be addressed, but that isn’t enough. The amount of dogs that get shot by police are growing rapidly, and they need justice as well.
I demand that you strip the officer involved of his badge and relieve him from duty. His careless error could have resulted in the loss of a beloved pet, or worse: a child.
[Your Name Here]
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