Fresno County, CA -- A cellphone video surfaced this week showing two Fresno cops, breaking into a locked yard and killing a family dog.
Police were apparently responding to a call from a neighbor about a crying baby when they broke through the family's fence and entered their backyard. As they walked into the back yard, they completely ignored the "Beware of Dog" sign and the "Guard dog on duty" sign, and they ignored the dog himself.
Carelessly ignoring all these signs, the two officers frightened the family pit bull whose name is Face. Instead of attempting to get out of the yard they were trespassing in, one of the officers kicked the dog, then drew his weapon and fired several times into Face.
As the other officer became startled by the shots, he fell backward over the lawn furniture. The officer who initially fired then walked over and put one more round into Face -- for good measure.
After hearing the first set of shots, the homeowners ran toward the sound. Their two-year-old daughter walked out behind them just in time to see the officer put the last round in her best friend.
It's a good thing the two-year-old didn't startle these officers.
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The family has since set up a Facebook page to raise awareness and seek justice for their beloved dog Face. On the page, Face's owner explains in his words what happened.
This morning a fresno county sheriff’s deputy shot my dog five times…..In my back yard ….Behind a locked gate in front a a two yr old kid …..
You know i used to believe that cops were good …Supposed to be honest and protect you and stuff….But latley i have has deputies lie in reports they have written….Lie on the stand and n9w tresspass into my backyard ….Threw my locked gate….Kick my dog then shoot him five times in front of a two yr old kid they were here to protect because of a neighbors complaint of her crying for 30 min…..Wth right
why not knock on the front door perhaps….Or read the sign on the locked gate that says beware of dog ….Guard dog on duty…..Or look threw the chain link fence and see if the child was in any danger….Which she was not ….Untill she was hit by the door as i ran towards the sound of gun shots by my window…and the deputy not only shot my dog but chased it down shot it again in fron t of myself and the kid
On Wednesday, the family posted a response that one of their supporters received after reaching out to the Fresno police about their most recent puppycide.
The supporter asked if the officer who shot Face would be punished, to which the Fresno County Sheriff's Office responded:
There you have it. The video captured the entire incident from beginning to end, and the sheriff's office responds in typical police fashion.