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Mom Assaulted & Arrested for Stopping Cop From Killing Her Dog on Video Files Lawsuit

Parkersburg, WV — In 2015, the Free Thought Project broke the story and the video of a courageous mother, Tiffanie Hupp who stepped in front of an officer who was about to shoot her dog.

For stopping the trooper from killing her dog and getting slammed to the ground in front of her 4-year-old son, Tiffanie was charged with misdemeanor obstruction.

Of course, Hupp pleaded not guilty, as the video clearly showed that she was the victim. However, the city railroaded Tiffanie by forcing her to use their public appointed defender, with obvious conflicts of interest.

She was given a public defender who was married to a state trooper. She was told she had no legal grounds for a lawsuit because she lacked serious bodily harm and she was well on her way to being declared guilty for a crime she clearly did not commit.

However, thanks to a selfless attorney who saw Hupp’s story, Tiffanie was able to fight back. Charleston Attorney, David Schles took her case pro bono.

“I was shown the video of the incident last August and I found it unjustifiable for Tiffanie to be charged with any crime for her reasonable, non-forcible,  actions to defend Buddy the dog. When I was told the lawyer appointed to represent Tiffanie was married to a state trooper and did not inform Tiffanie of this  relationship, I decided I would represent Tiffanie pro bono if she wanted my services,” Schles told The Free Thought Project.

And, in 2016, Hupp was found not guilty. 

Now, after that good news in 2016, Hupp has taken the fight back to the city in 2017. A national group advocating for the humane treatment of animals has filed a lawsuit on behalf Hupp.

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In a release last week, the Animal Legal Defense Fund announced the suit.

As the News and Sentinel reports:

According to the release, Hupp is one of three plaintiffs and the other defendants in the case are the West Virginia State Police and Col. C.R. “Jay” Smithers, who was State Police superintendent at the time.

 

The complaint alleges excessive force, unlawful arrest and unlawful search and seizure, as well as malicious prosecution, negligent training of a police officer and the intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery and slander.

The incident began after a neighborhood argument escalated to the point of a man calling the police to prevent further turmoil. The homeowner, Cliff, called the police after his neighbor allegedly threatened him. However, when the police showed up, they were more interested in Cliff’s dog than preventing any disturbance.

Randall Hupp, Tiffanie’s father, who gave us the video, explains that after the cops had arrived, the situation was calm, but then they quickly got out of control.

Things were going fine and my son decided to film for posterity sake in case anything should happen. There were two dogs present in the area at the time of the video, a black dog which was the neighbors dog that was running loose…and Cliffs dog, which was chained up.

Cliff’s dog, which was on a chain, merely barked as the officer walked up to the home. His tail was still wagging, and he seemed to calm down immediately. However, the fact that this dog was on a chain, not growling, nor posing any threat whatsoever, was of no consequence to the state trooper who quickly pulled out his service pistol, took aim, and almost killed the dog.

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Before the state trooper could shoot the dog, however, Tiffanie courageously stepped in between the dog and the officer to prevent the puppycide.

The state trooper, seemingly offended by Hupp’s attempt to thwart his dog killing, then proceeded to attack her. Hupp explained to the Free Thought Project, last year, what happened next,

The trooper approached with gun in hand, grabbed her by the arm and slammed her to the ground. After the troopers realized that they had been filmed, they entered the home illegally without warrant or probable cause and confiscated all digital devices including my 4-year-old grandson’s tablet. We only recently received the devices back and released the video.

During the trial, Hupp told the Free Thought Project that she had a hard time not bursting out in court when Trooper Cook, who assaulted her, took the stand.

“When the trooper was on the stand, it was hard to keep my mouth shut…lie after lie after lie. He told them I had a crossbow in my hand, that I stepped up to him, not in between (him and the dog), that I raised my hands at him first,” explained Tiffanie.

But the video proved these were all lies, illustrating the importance of filming police encounters. Had Tiffanie’s husband decided not to pull out his camera that fateful day, an innocent woman would have been found guilty of a crime she did not commit.

Now, it is time for the police, who tried to railroad Hupp, to be held accountable.

Hupp and the other plaintiffs are seeking restitution, including funds so her son can be treated by a mental health professional, which they have not been able to afford, the release says. The child suffers from anxiety and emotional distress when in the presence of police officers, the release says, as reported by the News and Sentinel. 

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“It shocks the conscience that police would arrest and prosecutors would seek to incarcerate a woman who did nothing other than protect a dog from being illegally shot,” one of Hupp’s lawyers, John Campbell, says in the release.

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    All gung ho cops should be sent to the front line of some war zone. Let’s see if they can manage to shoot at something that shoots back.

    • doucyet

      In many large cities they are the front lines and that has lead to the training they receive today. Over reaction……….perhaps. But they go through some shit you have no idea of, and of course you never read about because only the news about cops fucking up makes the pages.

      • Excalibur

        Then perhaps, instead of dragging the problem out…make accountability the issue…which is what this page does….and maybe, as you say, “cops fucking up” …will be less, and we would see less of it in the news…..wow…what a concept….

        • doucyet

          How about personal responsibility, which this page also tries to excuse? Like not running from the cops, and then when caught use some lame ass excuse like “I was scared”! Or not resisting, or hiding the dope in the car and saying I don’t have anything officer as the smoke rolls out the window………..just to name a few. Personal responsibility and better police training would be winning combination.

          • Excalibur

            Never denied that other aspect…however, that personal responsibility also applies to police. I could name a few lame ass excuses police use, with lies also, because the main problem is we are all human and not infallible. However, besides not wanting to sound like a broken record going back and forth with you, that is not the point. The point is, personal ACCOUNTability. On BOTH sides of the spectrum. Until people come to realize that, any argument for either side whether pro or con is futile.
            Back to the article, the police were in the wrong here, as evidenced by A COURT and a verdict….And, in 2016, Hupp was found not guilty.
            End of story.

          • doucyet

            She was found innocent and should have been in this case, that was never in question.
            My initial comment was in response to Boldock’s comment about being “war trained” and then I questioned the lopsidedness of this writer and his goal to slam police at every turn.
            He never (that I know of) posts anything positive about them, which is shortsighted and irresponsible. He intentionally perpetuates hate. That’s my take on it.

          • Joe Sabina

            Slam?!? Those cops need to be charged with assault… just like I would be if I threw a woman to the ground… but of course not… this is merely a form of opposing journalism, a way to put stories that don’t reach mainstream media for whatever reason… this is a great start at helping idiots like you hold civil servants who abuse their power against the people accountable… you don’t like it? Don’t read it

          • doucyet

            Same to ya….peckerwood. Don’t like it, don’t read it.

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          • Blaine

            Assault, perjury, menacing, etc.

            This cop is a felon.

          • Brent Fisher

            When the Mushroom cloud hits, the uniform is nothing but a rag.

          • Excalibur

            Do you ever post anything positive on the victims (in this case the woman) that have been rather well abused by a person who is supposedly grown, conscientious, and aware of what it is exactly they have done? Oh yeah…without lies to corroborate with their peers and superiors to make themselves look good?
            You see, the question that is being raised, regardless of your “take” on it, of any one person, author or site is just exactly what I said above… Accountability….whether it is the victim (always first) the police, or the criminal. All are accountable for their actions, yes, including the victim, for who was the victim in this case?
            Let me ask you this, for I truly do not know, and should google it, but just for times sake…how many police are trained….without the thought of “if you do not have a badge, you are suspect”….can you name that number? I didn’t think so.
            Perhaps training in human relations and the Constitutional aspect of the job is paramount…and not how to act all badass and above the law….that is law for ALL people,including those with badges.

          • doucyet

            “Do you ever post anything positive on the victims”

            “She was found innocent and should have been in this case, that was never in question.”

            First sentence in my comment………

            I didn’t read the rest of your comment after that.

          • Excalibur

            You probably should read the rest…then again, you may not understand, as you misunderstood what I asked…you see, I did not ask if you put ONE sentence in a post to how your “support” of victims. I asked if you ever POSTED ANYTHING POSITIVE on victims of crimes like this…..learn to read…okay?

          • doucyet

            Was that not positive? Put down the bong!

          • FiuToYou

            Did you get a little thrill when you saw the bacon throw the innocent women to the ground? Did you leak a little? doucyet, are you as stupid as it seems. Get help. Put yourself in a mental institution and maybe they can figure out why you like seeing big brute muscle guy’s throwing a 100 lb woman to the ground for nothing. In the meantime, pack it up and go play with yourself!!!!

          • doucyet

            Hey dumbfuck, read my posts a little slower. Your comprehension is lacking.

          • FiuToYou

            Your brain is lacking!!!

          • doucyet

            I thought you said bye!

          • Joe Sabina

            Weird! I thought you did too?!?

          • doucyet

            Not to you. Welcome!

          • Joe Sabina

            No your life experience is what’s lacking

          • doucyet

            What are you a recruit of the writer?

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            Yeah, didn’t you know? Matt pays us all $75/hr and all we have to do is hang around the comments and agree with every word he publishes!

          • doucyet

            Cool!

          • Brent Fisher

            Men who get thrills from beating on women because he owns a Y chromosome are not worthy of the name ‘man’. Just as humans that mistreat beasts are lacking in the human-ness department.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            Most of the things you listed are NOT legitimate grounds for a violent response, yet it always get condoned because “he shouldn’t have…” Seriously, that’s what guys like you ALWAYS say when a cop is out of line. Cop punches a handcuffed man several times to spite him for lying about having drugs and you’d be all, “well, he shouldn’t have lied.” Never mind what the cop shouldn’t have done… “him got a hard job and deserves to blow off a little consequence-free steam every once in a while.”

          • doucyet

            Stick to the piece in question, not arbitrary mumbo jumbo.

      • Sage

        Yeah it’s just awful they have to actually do the job they signed up for. I don’t care what excuse they use, this is absolutely unacceptable behavior, if you can’t handle the job do something else. The real problem here is the lack of accountability is what attracts these crazy fucks and that is a management problem. Until we go after the root of the problem, which is poor management, these psycho’s will continue to seek out jobs where they can get paid to live out their bullying fantasies and get away with it. Anyone working for me who acted like this would be fired ASAP, there is no excuse that can ever make this okay.

        • doucyet

          They handle the job the way their trained to, just like “your guys”, who never mess up I’m sure! If they didn’t “work with” irresponsible thugs much of the time, things might be better.
          So, gather up your team and head on down to nearest police department and train them up right, I’m sure you have all of the qualifications to do so.

          • D.j. Price

            didnt the nazi’s use similar excuses in the nuremburg trials?

          • doucyet

            Good thing General Patton’s boys did things the way they were trained or you would speaking German, maybe Japanese.

            Are we talking about WWII now?

          • D.j. Price

            actually, japanese is my second language and german is my fifth. it is because i have been able to work around the world as a sound engineer. so your comment makes no sense.

          • doucyet

            Is it because you worked around the world as a sound engineer that it makes no sense? Come on man, you speak five languages and your an engineer……and you need me to interpret the comment.

          • D.j. Price

            you are old and white arent you?

          • doucyet

            You need help with that comment don’t you?

          • D.j. Price

            actually i just read through all your comment history, my bad for engaging a troll, goodbye.

          • doucyet

            Bye bye………….And if you need that interpreted for you let me know, or google it.

          • Joe Sabina

            It’s all relative you moron but that clearly shows your IQ

          • doucyet

            That’s a no comment, comment. How’s showing what?

          • Joe Sabina

            Is it? Because I’m pretty sure my “yes” was implied through saying it’s all relative

          • doucyet

            Again.

          • FiuToYou

            Cop sucker! Stop commenting. You’re just showing what an a-hole you are!!!

          • doucyet

            Hey dumbfuck. Pull your head out of your ass and read what I write. Not what you think I should……

          • FiuToYou

            Go away. You’re just showing the truth of what I said. All your comments are bogus and come from a twisted mind!!
            BYE BYE!

          • doucyet

            OK…….bye.

          • Joe Sabina

            I do… 8 years in the corps and 2 tours… we treat the afghanis better than the cops treat American citizens… you’re a tool and the problem… why don’t you sign and serve you’re country? That might give you some better insight and qualifications to speak on things you know nothing about… get off your momma’s couch clown

          • doucyet

            You make some pretty bold claims there Matt’s stooge.

          • Excalibur

            You say this…They handle the job the way their trained to…hmmm…then this cop was “trained” to attempt to do harm to a secured animal, and then toss an un-badged woman around attack and arrest her with lies and lie to the court?? Whooaa….that makes thing better yet, doesn’t it? Wow….and you attempt to beat down the author for telling the truth of what happened? Incredulous.

          • doucyet

            Perhaps you should go back and read my initial comment.

            He pulled his weapon as a safeguard against a dog at the end of it’s “restraints” (there’s another piece around here somewhere that shows how a dog can take you down pretty quick) his cuffing the lady and lying to cover his ass was after that was where he went wrong. That has been acknowledged. Now what was your point?

          • Excalibur

            Wow…still find that hard to comprehend, do you? Point is, (if you remember all your other posts…I love to trip up people like you this way) your comments on “training”….you see, when you just blather on about BS and start attacking others, you lose focus. You sound just like others that have been on here for months…with different names…motive the same, comprehension game. You just showed me how it is, no need for me to reread, have gone through all your posts on this topic, and my, my what a web you weave. LOL….no need to respond, you have just been blocked.

          • doucyet

            TY!

          • Brent Fisher

            I thought people only used human shields in Syria or Brazil, but it’s happening right on our own soil. I don’t care if you are a plush 500 pound kissable Russian Orthodox Monk, if you exhibit a desire to murder a animal that can’t speak for itself then beat up a human shield to prevent that murder and arrest it and try to cover up the story…then by all means we need to import lots Sharia Law refugees quick, because at least it believes in morals. The terrorists might actually save us from ourselves.

          • Excalibur

            LOL….

      • jonsnowthewall

        I think it’s understandable to think that someone not allowing you to murder a contained pet is not grounds to arrest them and try to make up stories about them in order to ruin their life though.

        This cop needs to be fired because he is simply a bad cop.

        • doucyet

          True that.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            Then why are you throwing “but their job is so haaaaaard” at people who are criticizing a cop you just ADMITTED is a bad apple?

          • doucyet

            You all teach people that, not the cops. Treat them as individuals and individual cases. Otherwise it’s bigotry.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            It’s hard to treat people as “individuals” when they represent a singular entity that has absolute power over your life, can take and/or destroy that life on a whim, and (most importantly) you see them doing so all around you. Their little Blue Brotherhood deal means they don’t GET to be “individuals” all the time – especially on the clock. If they don’t like that, then policing is NOT the career to get into!

      • Abz B Zbas

        “…only the news about cops fucking up makes the pages.” <– You haven't been around here very long if you believe that.

        • doucyet

          Yea I’ve only been here about a month. I’m waiting to see something positive from this guy, I haven’t yet. It might happen, we’ll see. But according to him (so far) all cops are fucked up and we need to hate them all, and that’s just not true. It’s kinda like saying all Marines are murdering fucks. Not true! That’s my take anyway.

          • Joe Sabina

            Lmfao! I love it! Marines are Murderers/killers… I would know, they are trained to be just that… and how you deem it fit to compare cops to front line war dogs IS the issue… I’ll be your shepherd douche

          • Joe Sabina

            I mean doucyet

          • doucyet

            I didn’t compare them……..slooooow down Sabina. Read it again.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            http://thefreethoughtproject.com/?s=good+cop

            That guy’s name is Matt. You may call him Mr. Agorist.

          • doucyet

            TY. I like Matt.

      • Bob Btme

        it’s true, there are shitty people and good ones doing every type of job. Many cops are serious about devoting their life to service.

        the problem is that the state doesn’t fire the shitty cops or punish them.

        • doucyet

          They do fire some, I don’t the percentages or even where to find that data. But many slip back into service that no doubt shouldn’t. It’s an ongoing battle.

      • The Cat’s Vagina

        Why do they take the job, then, if it’s sooooo hard and thankless? Somehow, I doubt the motivation is always courage and heroism.

        • doucyet

          You’ll have to ask them why. You can guess all you want, but you’ll have to ask them. Go ahead, do it sometime. Do a little research on your own instead of bashing all the time. Matter of fact you can sign up for a “ride a long” in your given city. With your credentials it shouldn’t be a problem.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            Yeah, I’ll get right on that because if there’s one thing people neeeeeeeever lie about, it’s their own shitty motives. What cop is honestly gonna tell someone “I wanted to push people around and have everyone be afraid of me.” Ask any cop and s/he’ll give you the same pat answer they’ve painted on their walls, “to protect and serve.” Get to know some of them a while, and you’ll find a LOT less altruism behind the decision.

          • doucyet

            “one thing people neeeeeeeever lie about, it’s their own shitty motives”

            Exactly!

          • Blaine

            Its a job. And like other jobs there are expectations for advancement. Yes there are some good cops, but they are tragically outnumbered. And the good cops are like the bad ones in that they need to make arrests no matter. Many will work straight nights so they have more opportunity to make arrests even though it ruins their home life. And then they take every bit of OT they can scrape together so their pension is larger.

            And then they end up hating the job AND their home life. And less likely to interfere with fellow officers when they engage in misconduct. And more likely to engage in it themselves or engage in domestic battery, or take their own lives, as an old friend of mine did.

            The main problem is a total lack of accountability and promotion that is aided by misconduct. Whatever else, this officer perjured himself in a court of law, and in the process revealed his own criminal conduct. He’ll never be charged – we sit here and celebrate the victory of this woman NOT going to jail for a lie – its the best We the People can do in the face of our own LE.

  • Mark Skinner

    Yes, we know American cops are a law unto themselves, we have a few like that in Oz. If any cop shot my dog they would be dead within a week. That seems to be the only thing coppers understand, an eye for an eye, a pig for a dog. Fair’s fair.

    • Brent Fisher

      If someone did that to someone I love because it was trying to prevent a crime against humanity I’d be in a mental institution for attempted medieval torture. That cop deserved beyond any doubt to have a tire put around him and set on fire. Kill it with fire before it lays eggs.

  • Stepping in front of a gun is stupid.

    Cops are insane but that is exactly the types the Oligarchy want on the streets.

    • FiuToYou

      Just your statement makes it clear that we need a massive clean-up of law enforcement agencies to bring in sane people to take the job!!!

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      I hope your loved ones are never threatened with a gun. They’re apt to be disappointed in your response.

      • lol, big difference between a person and a dog (I know, kind of sad but reality).

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          Not for a lot of people. I know people who would kill, die, and walk through hell for their dog… mostly because vice versa.

  • Guest

    Brave woman….

    • Tyrannicus_Rex

      A patriot, that’s not excessive force, it’s assault and battery by a criminal to a citizen. Nice find Free Thought, keep up the excellent work.

  • vegas jack

    Just your typical cowards with badges who piss their pants at any dog or cat that looks at them the wrong way. They seem to wet themselves a lot when they see cameras too.

  • jonsnowthewall

    If a cop had done that to my mother I would have gone to jail for a very very long time for what I would have done to defend her.

    • Brent Fisher

      Look at what abolishing the Blood Eagle and beheading had done for peace. Instead of people getting beheaded for murder we now have the very people we should trust having a holy war on dogs. Without cruel violent punishment of bad people there is no incentive for bad people to act better. A dead man has few secrets, while a flayed man has none.

  • Seth Tyrssen

    Time to smash this police state madness and start fresh. Long Live the Resistance! Long Live the New American Revolution! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a6fb77ba02029f76b15dd2cfbd5fb87f404524b7997cfe9da3b2d76b8e354083.jpg

  • Abz B Zbas

    “They hate being filmed”. Not if you hold the phone sideways. That actually increases their power. /s

  • Excalibur

    Doucyet….never smoked pot, so you’re wrong with your assumption about a bong and drugs, azzwipe. Saw that comment just before I blocked you, Just like the others, cannot take the truth, so start throwing out BS…TROLL….GET OUTTA HERE!!! LOL!!