31 Dec '16, 12am

Police Can Shoot Your Dog if it Does Anything Other Than Sit Quietly, Court Rules

Police Can Shoot Your Dog if it Does Anything Other Than Sit Quietly, Court Rules

A federal appeals court has just decided that it’s perfectly fine if police shoot and kill the family dog while police are on your premises. Now you’d think shooting might be deemed acceptable only if the dog is actually attacking the officers, but that’s not what the court held. The potential end result under this December 2016 decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit is a sad one. If that dog is doing anything other than sitting quietly when police are at your home, police may feel “threatened” and can shoot and kill it. You have no legal recourse if that happens. Mark and Cheryl Brown found this out the hard way. They lived in the basement of Cheryl Brown’s mother’s home in Battle Creek, Mich. A man named Vincent Jones reportedly lived there as well. Law enforcement was interested in Jones for allegedly peddling heroin and cocaine from that hou...

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