Grand Rapids residents Mark and Cheryl Brown lost a lawsuit against the local police department when Michigan federal court ruled against their favor. The lawsuit was filed against Michigan police who shot two of Mark and Cheryl’s pit bull terriers dead while issuing a search warrant on April 17, 2013.
The officers involved in the shooting stated that the first dog lunged at one of them and the other ran to the basement. The second officer followed the dog into the basement and killed it.
“The standard set out today is that a police officer’s use of deadly force against a dog while executing a search warrant to search a home for illegal drug activity is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment when the dog poses an imminent threat to the officer’s safety,” Judge Eric Clay wrote in his decision. He stated that the couple failed to provide solid evidence that the dogs did not lunge or bark at the officers.
When the officers were asked to show cause, they said that they couldn’t have cleared the basement without killing the dogs.
“It was a good ruling,” Police Chief Jim Blocker told the newspaper. “It pointed out some things we have to improve upon, but supported our operating concept that officers must act within reason.”
Nevertheless, the shooting caused a massive protest and outrage across the US. Many believed that the pets could’ve been neutralized without resorting to deadly force.
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