PETITION TARGET: Detroit Police Commissioner Willie Burton
A home video caught the point-blank killing of a pit bull standing in his own fenced-in yard by a Detroit police officer.
Footage shows the officer struggling to keep her leashed service K-9 away from the fence — which resulted in the pit bull biting the officer’s dog in the nose — before shooting the dog in the head. He squirms violently on the ground before finally succumbing to the fatal shot.
A 2016 investigation found plenty of other examples of Detroit police shooting companion animals, as the department paid out more than $460,000 to settle multiple lawsuits brought by pet owners since 2015.
One police officer had shot 80 dogs over the course of his career, according to the investigation.
The Detroit Police Department has issued a statement defending the officer in this incident, and saying the officer will not be punished.
But Detroit Police Commissioner Willie Burton wants an investigation.
“Should there be an investigation into what happened? Absolutely. I am outraged,” Burton told WDIV-TV. “This would have been preventable if only the officer had control of the K-9.”
Detroit police officers must be held accountable for using deadly force against dogs.
Sign this petition to call for a thorough investigation into the killing of this pit bull, and for a review of officer training in deadly use of force with animals to prevent future tragedies.