Stories like this make me absolutely livid for so many reasons.
Stupid people with guns is a bad mix and it seems the following individual likes to be a walking-talking example of just that. Officer Thomas Griffin fatally killed and shot a man’s dog while responding to a disturbance call in Houston, TX. There’ s just one little caveat to this whole situation. One minor detail. It was the wrong address.
According to a CBS Houston article, this poor excuse for a police officer burst out of his car with guns blazing as Michael Paxton played Frisbee with his dog Cisco. Inattentive, impatient and failing to be at the correct house, Griffin yelled at Paxton to show him his hands and that’s when Cisco came running to his owners side and barked at the officer. According to the dash cam and audio, Griffin shot Paxton’s dog three seconds after telling him to put his hands up. Here are more details:
The officer responded by yelling, “Get your dog!”
Griffin then opened fire on Cisco, killing the dog.
“The dog ran to his feet, he lowered his aim and shot the dog and raised his aim back up at me and told me to get back,” Paxton told WAFB-TV. “My dog never made a move to attack him other than the challenging him and barking. He ran to his feet.”
Police did not answer why the officer used a firearm instead of a stun gun.
“We are not going to second-guess our officer,” Sgt. David Daniels told KSEE-TV. Sgt. Daniels also added that officers have a right to use their weapons if they feel threatened by animals.
In the right scenario perhaps, but sorry not in this context. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. Completely unnecessary to shoot a man’s dog in this situation. Find some accountability and hone up to your responsibilities a little more APD.
The department ends up sending an apology letter which oh man that would certainly make me feel better. God what a courteous effort. “Sorry sir for not paying attention, showing up at the wrong house and killing your dog. We really are. We swear.” When this original article debuted, there was an update on the Facebook page for Cisco.
Thankfully at least, the police officer has been transferred and taken off the streets for the time being at least (but not suspended).
Stupidity at its finest and lowest common denominator. Shining stars on the hill that are supposed to protect us. Not kill our family members.