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Largest Settlement for a Dog Killing in US History Paid After Cop Murders Restrained Dog on Video

Commerce City, CO — Commerce city taxpayers have just been hit with a $262,000 bill for a settlement in an incident where someone’s dog was needlessly shot and killed by police.

According to the report, On November 24, 2012, Commerce City police responded to reports of a “loose, vicious dog.” When officers arrived on scene, a small woman was able to get the catchpole around the dog’s neck. However, officer Robert Price felt it necessary to taser the dog, whose name was Chloe, and then shoot her five times.

The graphic incident was captured on a neighbor’s cellphone and was used as evidence in the case.

Officer Price was subsequently charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals. However, as is typical in police officers charged with crimes caught on video, an Adams County jury found him not guilty. Commerce City police documents obtained by KDVR show an internal affairs investigation ruled Price was “within policy” when he killed the dog.

After the not guilty verdict, Chloe’s owner, Gary Branson took civil action against Commerce City and to avoid going to federal court, the city agreed to pay $262,000. According to the Animal Law Center, this is the largest settlement of its kind in American history.

In addition to the settlement, Commerce City spent $125,227.38 in legal fees, according to KDVR.

Last year The Free Thought Project reported on a slew of tragic dog shootings, including one department in Buffalo, NY whose officers shot 92 dogs from Jan. 1, 2011 through Sept. 2014.

Buffalo is hardly an isolated incident either. In Southwest Florida, the News-Press discovered 111 instances of dog shootings among multiple agencies between 2009 and 2012, representing about 37 per year. According to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Police shot approximately 90 dogs per year between 2008 and 2013.

Last year we broke the story of a SWAT team responding a dispute between two neighbors and then shooting a small dog as it ran away from them.

Some of these officers really do seem to get a thrill out of shooting animals.

In October of last year, we broke the story of the sickening video uploaded to Facebook of a Cleburne Texas Police officer calling a small dog towards him and then shooting it.

Why are these cops killing so many dogs? 

Is it because their lives in are in danger of ending every 98 minutes as they come across vicious animals in the line of duty? Some people in law enforcement actually expect us to believe that.

Watch the graphic video below and you be the judge, did this officer need to fire?


Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.

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  • look before I comment on this and an aspiring officer or and actually officer gets offended know this: my conan is my son, he’s not a dog to me he’s the friend that people only dream of loyal caring and always knows when in hurting and cheers me up. personality for days. now with that said you better kill me if you kill my dog because I will bring a wrath upon you the only wrote about in ancient history. and that’s on every drop of blood in my body down to the marrow in my bones

  • Rotten copsuckers.

  • Fuck the police

  • such a brave officer…shooting a restrained animal. I wonder how the normal dog catcher makes it through the day.

    • And mail men and woman, way more dangerous of a job than being an officer

  • disgusting cowardness..!

  • Reading these stories they have a cop problem not a dog problem

  • That money came out of OUR pockets…..How much MORE fuckery will we tolerate?

  • The latest outrage from the Police State is an initiative to sentence people convicted of injuring or killing a Police K9 to the same punishment they would have received for doing the same to a Police Officer.

    • Police should be charged the same way civilians get charged. When they break the law. But i guess dogs are possesions not family members. I know i wouldn’t send my dog after someone with a gun. Id go in myself because im not a pussy.

    • And i agree but not just police dog. Anyones dog. Should be murder to shoot a dog for no reason. Its still a life.

    • I wish you led the police in my city.

  • same thing happened in wabash IN.

  • Why were cops doing this instead of the dog catcher?

  • Wish someone would do that to him! Assholes!!! Giving good cops a bad name and why no one can trust law enforcement these days

    • The good ones aren’t really doing a good job of stopping the bad ones… I believe a retired sheriff said it, “15% will do what’s right every time, 15% will do whatever they want regardless, and the other 70% it depends on who they’re working with.” I paraphrased it a little because I can’t remember it’s exact quote, but you understand my point. I think it’s time for a reminder to those in “power”, they need to be reminded of who they work for, and what happened the last time our people refused to be the victims any fucking longer.

  • Cowards will shot anything.

  • Nope, not gonna watch it

  • RIP: Sweetheart, so sorry no one could have saved you from them. :'(

  • What a idiot. He just wanted to fire his gun in my opinion

  • What a piece of shit! I just don’t understand how one could do that to a poor dog! He was just trying to run away!

  • dogs chase cats…pigs shoot dogs…..it’s a jungle out there.

  • absolute shit shot too…wtf.he was itching to show the world how good he is

  • what a shame

  • I can’t watch..

  • Should have shot the cop… in his face.

  • the only good cop is a …..cop

  • these cops today r real stable

  • i hope the settlement is coming from the police pension fund and not tax dollars. wishful thinking

  • I think someone should fucking kill that cop

  • the pig did this for his own sexual gratification he should be fired

  • COWARDS LOVE TO KILL…

  • these are the people that will blindly support certain candidates that act in totalitarian / fascist / demagogue ways

  • This sadistic creature should be responsible for paying every dime personally and forbidden from accepting financial assistance in any way, shape or form. If I had my way, he would also be forced to serve 5 years minimum, without parole, in a dog impound kennel with a concrete floor surrounded by chain link wire, no toilet, no visitors, and fed dog food and water out of a bowl. Hose the place out once a day with freezing water.

  • As far as the police definition goes, that was a case of all of those cops being in grave danger and the wild, deadly animal needed to be put down before it ate the cops and their children.

  • Personally commenting on the person snorting Cocaine and NOT doing a real good job holding the camera, actually gave me a headache just watching all the wacky movement!

  • Absolutely not. Cops are out of control.

  • Its cause it was a black dog

  • I wish the officers involved had to pay the settlement instead of us taxpayers.

  • What a filthy pig killing someone’s pet like that. Fire that sick barstard and jail his ass

  • This is the definition of a pig

  • That cop should be shot five times! Oh, but first tase him!

  • Pork is supposed to be thrown out BEFORE it goes bad.

  • that dirty basterd should be put down !

  • Psychopathic murderers. A Settlement. These cops should be sent to prison. Serial killers tend to start with animals. How long will it be before these guys kill others

    • How long til they start? He’s probably murdered dozens already.

  • No. There was no reason at all. The dog never approached any of the pigs. It is time the police departments raised their standards for whom they give a badge to. In fact the asshole that started shooting was not even threatened by the dog. He just wanted to shoot something. Too bad the suit wasn’t higher.

  • Its because dogs are an early warning system! I believe the reson behind all of this is even this darker than you can imagine!

  • I can’t watch..seen this shit before. There are not that many dangerous and vicious dogs out there, infuriating!

  • Mckenzie Anderton

  • Piece of shit.

  • Remember John Wick? Yeah…

  • If this was my dog, I wouldn’t be around for any settlement. I’d be locked up for killing this cop.

  • The officer needs fired and charged. Settlements to the moon are meaningless because ultimately, we the people foot those bills.

  • “Within policy” my ass. Angry.

  • Lets findout who this person and start a we hate you compaine low life

  • WELL…IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT…that cop doesn’t throw footballs for a living, he throws black men in jail for a living. NO CRIME HERE FOLKS. #HesNotMichaelVickColored

  • The Humane Societies and local Administrators have caused these problems, by not following Department of Agriculture guide lines. The local authorities including, the county administrator, are conditioned idiots.

  • Gun happy idiots as per usual, if they can’t shoot a human, they’ll shoot a dog, any excuse to fire a weapon.

  • just a tax leach protecting us right ? 5 shot with a 40 or a 9 conceat under dog what if a frag hit some one

  • As far as law enforcement is concerned, the law and constitution doesn’t apply to them.

  • Wow can’t believe my eyes horrible situation

  • Great!!!

  • Who cares. Like the article says: The “Officer” who did this will not pay a dime of it. Taxpayers will. He is also still a sworn officer – and armed.

  • iff you do that to my dog,your badge wont protect you.i may have to save up for a while,bide my time,but i will find you,and i will kill you,all the while ensuring i have valid alibi.or get plastered & ram the precinct in a gastruck,toasty bacon for all ^^ i dont even want to imagine the kind of rage a person feels when they have lost a kid to some foreign nation doing drone bombings on your hospitals…

  • Kill your cops ‘merica.

  • Should sue the cop as well as the county. If he had to pay say 100k the next cop mightn’t be so fast to shoot.

  • Assholes with badges and guns!

  • too bad it’s the police department and not the cop who will pay the suit

  • Paige Annalisa McMahan

  • What a f….. coward! He should not be allowed on the force much less have a gun! Talk about irresponsible law.!

  • Good.

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  • When are people going to learn behavior of other species & acknowledge how they respond in a threatened situation. If it were a human would he have done the same. I think so. This dog wasn’t vicious. Just scared. It should be mandatory for police officers to have classes on good dog & bad dog behavior so the outcome doesn’t have to be like this. No Pun intended but that was over kill. Maybe he should do more target practice as well. With the dog moving on the end of the pole it’s a wonder he didn’t shot the woman holding the pole.

  • this won’t stop until people start shooting back

  • Bastards. Next they kill kids

  • …fucking pig…..

  • Kill your dog of well….kill one of theirs and it prison for killing an officer of the law….hahahaha

  • this is an example of why they’re referred to as pigs

  • This needs to happen more often so cities learn that hiring a trigger happy idiot as a cop will cost them big bucks. If they shoot animals for no good reason sooner or later they will shoot a person. Human life seems to be of no great value to city government.

  • lemony1421

    Bastards!!! They just love killing. Fuck US scum cops!

  • Wayne Szachta

    I would murder that motherfucker like he did my dog. Hopefully the jury would be as forgiving as they were to that cock sucking pig