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horrible cop shoots a dog named Parrot

Parrot, who did not have a history of fighting, and was shot by a cop in Adams Morgan. Photo: Supplied by owner Aaron Block.

I live in a neighborhood in DC, Adams Morgan, where the police are out of hand. They push. They taunt. They remember faces (like mine) and harass as you’re going about your daily activities. About a block from my home, I witnessed them beating a young black man right in the thick of a crowd while people looked on and told them to stop. Once the beating had stopped, I asked the young man what had happened and he said that a white guy had inexplicably thrown a punch at him, and then the police pounced on him. (A moment after I spoke to the man a cop told me that I had to leave or be arrested myself.)

And now, the Adams Morgan police have shot and killed a dog simply for being a dog. The dog was owned by solar energy professional Aaron Block, who works one office over from mine. I had met the dog, whose name was Parrot, a friendly dog who had come frolicking through the office.

Yesterday, Parrot was kneeled on by a cop, then thrown twelve feet down into a concrete stairwell, then shot with the officer’s service weapon. This happened in the midst of a festival with thousands of people, our annual Adams Morgan Day festival, about a block away from where I live.

The frothing-at-the-mouth cop who shot and killed Parrot in the midst of thousands of festival-goers. Photo: Anibal Apunte.

Apparently Parrot, who is a two-year-old Shar-Pei mix, got into a fight with a poodle. Many people might assume that the larger dog started the fight, but I don’t. My grandmother had a tiny little caramel-colored poodle for many years that weighed about twelve pounds. By the end of its life, the poor little thing was halfway toothless, with a bark that sounded more like a snarling bunny. But that didn’t stop it from attacking any dog that threatened its poodley manhood. I have vivid memories of the little guy lunging unprovoked at a friend’s giant black labrador, teeth bared (what teeth he had left). The black lab sort of just stood up and walked away.

Yesterday, the scene didn’t end quite so gracefully. Why? The police were involved.

Candidate for DC Council Bryan Weaver said that the dog had been playing with his young kids about fifteen minutes earlier. I understand that. Parrot was a friendly dog without a bite history.

After the two dogs had begun to fight, Aaron jumped in and pulled Parrot away from the poodle. According to observers, the poodle walked away seemingly unhurt. Aaron was holding the dog and calming him, and the situation seemed resolved. Then a cop decided he wanted to fight the dog, too.

A cop knocked Aaron off of Parrot, then kneeled on Parrot and held his skin. I’ve been kneeled on like this by a cop too, and it is horribly painful. Parrot was growling, but he did not bite anyone, according to Aaron. Parrot was moving his legs to try and get up. What else did that horrible cop man think would happen? People can understand that they’re (sadly) not allowed to move a muscle when the police hurt you. But Parrot is a dog and doesn’t understand that just because some man puts on a fancy blue uniform, he is entitled to hurt people and animals. Those fancy blue uniforms are a hierarchical, human invention. Not understanding that it’s illegal to fight back when cops attack, Parrot didn’t just go limp. He was trying to get up. He was trying to get free. We can learn something from Parrot about just how inequitable and ridiculous our current law enforcement actually is, that we accept mistreatment from cops that animals will not endure.

The cop didn’t stop there. He picked up the dog and threw it over a banister and down into a stairwell. The frothing-at-the-mouth cop then drew his weapon. And he shot Parrot dead. As festival-goers looked on.

So, who is the out-of-control animal in this situation??? Not Parrot.

My heart goes out to Parrot, who died because of his good instincts to struggle against police oppression. He will be remembered, by me and the people who loved him.

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139 Responses

  1. Aboriginal says:

    Thanks for report Lacy. One picture is worth a 1000 words. How does a 25 yr veteran lose control of the situation?

    • I served as a Security Officer for the 32nd Adams Morgan Day Community Festival on Sunday.

      There are obviously many facts intertwined with personal agenda here.

      Here are the facts:

      1) Adams Morgan Day is a very crowded event. Thousands of people are in close proximity to each other, including small children walking and babies in strollers.

      2) Granted there are many dogs present, but this is NOT an event appropriate for dogs considered by the District of Columbia to have violent tendencies. This applies to Pit Bulls.

      Unless I am mistaken there are laws against possessing a Pit Bull breed or mix in the District of Columbia. This is undoubtedly why the foster parent continues to refer to the dog as a Shar-Pei mix.

      If my dog was really a Pit Bull and I wanted to divert responsibility for owning one, I would probably try to convince law enforcement it were something else too. But if I did that, I might endanger the public. This is why these laws are in place.

      Other incidents have happened before this one. Other innocent people were bitten. Other children were attacked for no reason. That is why laws are passed, to prevent incidents like this from happening in the future.

      If you lie, ignore the law, don’t use common sense, bring your Pit Bull out without a muzzle, then this is likely to happen.

      3) Concerning the District of Columbia Laws: (Source: http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusdc8_1801_13.htm )

      … With regard to dangerous dogs, the term “dangerous animal” means an animal that because of specific training or demonstrated behavior threatens the health or safety of the public.

      …(j) No person who has control or custody of a dog shall, direct, encourage, cause, allow or otherwise aid or assist that dog to threaten, charge, bite, or attack a person or other animal, except that a person may keep a properly trained dog on private property to defend it and its occupants from intruders, and may order a dog to defend a person under attack.

      The dog was both “Dangerous” and the owner “allowed” the dog to “charge, bite, or attack a person or other animal”.

      The laws of the District of Columbia are Clear and so were the violations of that law.

      4)Regarding the incident: The Pit Bull bit the Poodle, the bystander that assisted the woman with her poodle, and the dog’s foster parent before the officer responded. Three aggressive acts in the span of 5 minutes shows a pattern of aggressive behavior. The officer subdued the dog but the dog continued to threaten the officer. That part was predictable, what animal wouldn’t. The officer then threw the dog into a confined place (the stairwell by The Brass Knob). The dog, predictably, was then charging the officer. The officer then discharged his weapon to incapacitate an aggressive dog. Parrot was unfortunately killed as a result of actions that could have been avoided.

      5) Avoiding this disaster:

      This disaster could have been avoided completely if the Foster owner left the dog at home during the one day of the year when he knew there would be many people, children, babies in strollers, many of whom may not be sensitive to dogs or might inadvertently step on Parrot’s tail, bump Parrot in the ribs, or try to pet Parrot when Parrot didn’t want to be touched.
      He did not leave the dog at home or take the dog to an appropriate dog park (if he wanted to walk the dog).

      It also could have been avoided if, knowing, that many people were going to be there and actually “thinking” in advance or actually using “common sense”, the foster owner had placed a muzzle on the dog’s mouth to prevent any bites like this from occurring. No muzzle was used.

      6) Police actions:

      The officer used his judgement, based on 25 years of being on the Metropolitan Police Department. He was a K9 officer and is around dogs most of his duty time, if not 24/7. K9 officers usually take home dogs and put them in special kennels where they can not be socialized by the public. They are tools used by the Police for very specific tasks and are not supposed to be petted while on duty.

      The officer was 100% acting in both self-defense and justified in shooting poor Parrot because of the previous actions of Parrot and his foster owner. The officer was forced to make a quick judgment, a snap-call, and had to judge whether or not the dog posed a significant risk to the health and safety of other citizens, children and other animals.

      The officer reflected on the recent behavior and chose to take those actions that led to the death of Parrot. The officer threw the dog into the well (beneath the Brass Knob) to presumably give him enough time to:

      1) check the area for people that could have been injured if his weapon was discharged and
      2) reach his weapon and unholster it and fire with enough time to prevent the dog from escaping into the crowd to maybe bite anyone else.

      This case is clear. If the dog were not there to begin with he would be alive today. If the owner restrained his mouth with a muzzle, something appropriate for Pit Bulls in crowded spaces, Parrot would be alive today.

      Final thought:

      Think about this for a second…

      Assume you have a 2 year old at that festival.
      You are pushing your baby in a stroller during Adams Morgan Day at that location.
      Let us assume the officer decides not to shoot Parrot.
      Parrot having been subdued and “attacked” by the officer is now released.
      Parrot then charges the crowd and bites your child, killing it.
      You now would sue the Metropolitan Police Department because the had let a violent dog run free.

      What is sad is that we all seem to find reasons to blame the Police when they are caught between a rock and a hard place. If they shoot and kill the dog – they are killers. If they don’t shoot the aggressive dog and the dog strikes again – then they are irresponsible and liable for letting the dog loose into the crowd.

      I think it is good that people want to talk about this issue. That is our constitutional right. We must not forget to stop and blame those who really deserve it instead of those who don’t.

      Rest in peace Parrot. You shall be missed by those you did not attack. Healthy recovery to the Poodle. I am sorry this incident happened while on duty. I hope owners of dogs (specifically Pit Bull breeds…and you know who you are) learn from this incident and prevent this from happening again by using common sense.

      2 choices: Leave them at home during festivals or muzzle them!

      These comments are personal and do not in any way represent the official views of the managers of the Adams Morgan Day Festival or any other security agents or officers on duty that day.

      Comments made by:
      Adams Morgan Day Security Officer and member of the Dog Shooting Incident Response Team

      Posted by: CHECK-YOUR-FACTS-PEOPLE | September 14, 2010 5:30 AM

      • lacymacauley says:

        There is no reason that any of us should trust the police account.

        I’m sorry that you have put on the blinders of trusting police as authority, when in reality they are often violent individuals who endanger and harm far more people and animals than pit bulls ever could.

        I know Aaron Block, the caretaker, and he would not lie about the breed of the dog he was watching. He is a solar energy professional and understands basic science. He knows understands that DNA testing can be used to determine the breed of dogs. Furthermore, Aaron does not have a political agenda here. His dog was shot before his eyes, and he was traumatized. He was only telling the story like it was. The police are the ones with an agenda and the ones who are lying, not Aaron.

        Furthermore, I met Parrot, and Parrot was a sweetheart. After I pet him once he laid down at my feet for hours while Aaron worked in the next office over. He climbed on the couch and curled up placidly for, like, an hour after that. He was not excitable, he just wanted some love. Parrot hung out at Affinity Lab, a unique business incubator in the heart of Adams Morgan (above the Diner) housing offices and small nonprofit organizations. Parrot was known to the members of the Adams Morgan Affinity Lab and was walked regularly in the area. And he did not have a bite history.

        Even if this situation had happened to a violent dog, there was no reason for a police officer to shoot a dog that had already been subdued. That is an example of police losing control. Naturally, after they lose control they will lie about it. And people somehow believe them because people think of them as authority. I do not believe in such mythical constructs. Apparently, neither did Parrot (as evidenced by his trying to get free of the police officer).

        Also of note. Your definition of dangerous animal perfectly describes the police officer: a “dangerous animal” means an animal that because of specific training or demonstrated behavior threatens the health or safety of the public.

        It is difficult to trust any account of an individual who does not list his/her name. What is your true relation to the incident? Are you working for the DC police? Are you an officer? If yes, what is your name and badge number? If no, did you actually witness the incident, or is everything you say simply repeating the police lies?

        If you’re conducting an investigation, where are the three officers with bite marks? Aaron said that the only alleged injury appeared to be a rope burn from Parrot’s leash, according to some officer’s comment to Aaron. If you can produce some bite marks, please have those bite marks tested to show that Parrot was the biter. (One account states that the poodle actually bit someone, not Parrot!) Please have the bite marks analyzed before the wounds heal.

        The more likely story is that there are no bite marks. If there were any cops with bite marks, some photos would have emerged by now. Instead of demanding evidence of the police, why are people accepting police lies?

        ~Lacy MacAuley
        Adams Morgan resident

      • elizabeth says:

        BULLSHIT, COPPER. First of all, you boys in blue are NEVER WRONG, correct? and when you are, like in this case, you puff up and stand up for each other, regardless. PITBULL my ass.
        grow a real set of balls and tell the truth. underneath your bigboy uniform of blue, you’re just another piece of shit man, unfortunately, given some authority, which has obviously gone to your head. YOUR TYPE is the reason people hate police officers. grow the fuck up.

      • Rinalia says:

        The fact remains that the officer had physical control over the dog, as evidenced by the photograph. That is when a catch pole or muzzle fashioned out of a leash could have been applied. It’s not rocket science.

        The stupidest thing a person can do in a situation in which they have physical control over a supposedly aggressive dog is to relinquish that control. Yet that is what the officer did. He put people and other animals at risk by flinging a supposedly aggressive dog down a flight of stairs and releasing physical control over the dog.

      • john bonney says:

        What a pile of crap.

      • tiffany says:

        what i think is sad is that in your list of ways to have avoided this incident you only list things you think the owner could have done. what about the officer talking to the owner to see if he had the dog under control before pushing him off of the dog and taking over? what about him assessing that perhaps the reason the dog was snipping at him was because he was on it’s back? and why do cops carry guns over tranquillizers anyway? Not to mention if the dog was charging at him after being thrown down the stairs, why are there witnesses that say the dog, after being shot, was facing away from the officer and that it had been struggling to get up when the officer shot it? I dont think ignoring the reports of citizens that disagree with the police is “checking facts” either.

      • tiffany says:

        not to mention, poodles are jerks. and you can look at that dog and see that, yes it may have some bull terrier in it, but you can see the shar-pei in it. and even if it was a full pit, that doesnt mean it was in the wrong automatically. plus you claim the dog bit it’s owner but the owner says it’s not true and that he put his hand in the dogs mouth. you are construing the facts yourself

      • I have a pit bull. What does that mean? Anything at all? The breed has nothing to do with it. My dog is the sweetest thing I have ever met. I had a poodle when i was younger, it went crazy and bit me. I still have a scar running all along my arm. So fuck your opinion. Sorry.

      • Jenna says:

        Wow your dumb. I don’t care if your a security guard or whatever it is you are, I couldn’t even waste my time reading the stupidities you posted here. On your second fact, the one about Pit-bulls being dangerous generally .. Yeah, um that’s not exactly being fair. ANY dog could be vicious, it depends how they’ve been brought up. Pit-bulls just happen to be the most mistreated. That officer had no right to pin that dog to the floor, let alone shoot him to death. That’s like saying because Spanish guys are known for being gang affiliated, you have the right to arrest them in the street for talking too loudly. (To any Spanish people who may read this, please don’t take offence. I just used that as an example). As stated earlier, the dog was in the process of being calmed down. If that event was that against having dogs walking around, then they should have made it clear for participants NOT to bring there dogs. I’m not going to waste any more time replying to facts that are flawed and stupid. The one who needs a muzzle is you!

      • vaness says:

        BRO, just because a dog is a pit bull DOES NOT MEAN IT NEEDS A MUZZLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Most pit bulls are sweet and love people, very few are actually threatening and need to be muzzled. The police officer may have felt threatened, may have wanted to protect other citizens. The bottom line is there is absolutely NO EXCUSE for MURDER of this form. He should have cited the owner and forced him and his dog to leave the festival. not act like a psycho. And thank god your only a security guard at festivals and not a real cop since you think “The officer was 100% acting in both self-defense and justified in shooting poor Parrot because of the previous actions of Parrot and his foster owner”. Maybe the owner should have been shot at the same time since his dog and his dogs actions were so erratic that you can justify murder

      • Fcops says:

        Ok first off you sick fuck I dont care what kind of dog it is, there is no reason for it to be treated like this. Dog’s behaviour depend soley on how they are raised and treated themselves. Yeah a mean pitbull can kick some ass. But thats fucking nature. I’m sick and tired of cops thinking that just because they are cops are above and better than the rest of society. Of course not all cops are this way but there are more and more like this everyday. If i were there i would have started throwing rocks or whatever i could get my hands on at this peice of shit “police officer” Cops are not above the law. They work for us and people need to start showing a little more care about their rights and need to enforce them. Don’t expect cops to just because your taxes pay for their living.

      • You round like a self righteous pompous ass. It taks a jerk off like you to even think about composing the above bullshit

      • craig says:

        if you truly believe what you say about dangerous animals, you should support someone throwing a muzzle on that damn cop and tossing his ass in a cage… or better yet, down a stairwell. he’s the problem… not the dog.

      • You, lacymisinformed, are as stupid and delusional as the pig that acted in total misconduct!!! You are one of many naive, morons that stereotype animals and I’m sure you do the same to humans as well. Cop or security guard, you all have pig mentality and most know that pigs do whatever they want because they wear that shiny badge!!!!!!!!!!!! Get a clue!!!!!!!!

      • Dawn says:

        First off, even if the officer felt the dog was a threat, it does not justify the lengths this out of control officer went, please, there was no call for him to throw the owner off the animal, then try to subdue the dog as if it were a human, then proceed to throw the dog over a banister and then proceed to shoot it. even if it was a pit mix, if it was owned before the laws went in to effect owners are allowed to have them, however they are not allowed to breed them. There are proper procedures that the officers are supposed to follow which this animal , and i am not talking about Parrot, obviously chose to ignore, we put down mad animals to bad we couldn’t put down mad humans.

      • Miranda says:

        You sir, are a complete fucking idiot. Add quoting bylaws to justify that cops actions is only a blatant contradiction on how law enforcement is just as corrupt as our government. Honestly, how the hell do you sleep at night? This I’d really like to know. Its like basically telling an entire throng of people that they can’t wear neon pink because one person went out and blinded everyone with over done outfits. You punish the one, not the many. It’s you assholes in the commanding seats that fuck the system up and cause mass corruption. Not the little man. How you try and justify that is way beyond any comprehension.

        Sick. Twisted and completely hypocritical. As I tell any religious nutjobs, you will not win with suppression. Socialism just doesn’t work. Get. Over. It. You can’t back petal and save face. I just can’t fathom why you think you’re convincing anyone that what happened wasn’t -wrong-? We’ve seen COUNTLESS people suffer at the hands of corrupt law enforcement. This isn’t the first case. It makes me weary on just who really is protecting us from the true evils of the world. Is those meant to serve and protect just as godawful as those they are supposed to be trying to stop? It’s an perpetual question no one seems to have any answer for.

        You really need to take it from a reality standpoint. From the way I see it, you’re not only ignorant, but, hateful as well. It’s just like prejudice, its not born with, its LEARNED. Same with dogs. They’re TAUGHT to fight, not born with it. Come down on those that take the law out of context, not those which aren’t causing a problem and abiding by the guidelines set into place. No one likes power abusers, and that’s exactly what I see here.

        I feel for this poor man and that unfortunate dog. But you know what they say: what goes around, comes around. I fully believe in karma. It will have it’s day.

      • Ben says:

        A lot of your information is false, prejudice and morally wrong. If this wretched police officer knew the law, and respected life, he would have known not to commit such travesty. The dog did nothing wrong, and the officer had no right to do what he did to Parrot. You also do not know as a fact if parrot was a mix or not, and I’m more sure then you are that its not illegal to own a pitbull in DC. How could you ever condone such murder?

      • There are at least 3 cops standing around that you can see clearly in this picture. The fact that they all failed to act makes them equally responsible for the death of this dog. Pitbull or not, no animal deserves a public execution as the result of an ignorant piece of shite cop wanting to show his macho-ism. if PARROT had been muzzled, he wouldn’t have been able to protect himself against the aggressor (poodle or cop). The fact remains that many cops in this nation are no better than the criminals they arrest. There is a fine line, and clearly this officer has crossed it. I can’t imagine this was the first time for him either. Torturing and murdering animals is a known precursor to being a serial killer. I would love to know how many “on the job” violent acts this cop has been involved in vs the pitbull with no bite record. Who really deserves to be Euthanized or tortured and executed in public?

      • Since you are apparently a knowledgeable source of police procedure, I ask you:

        What kind of dog behavior training do the cops in your area undergo before they are allowed to patrol? Do they take courses in understanding canine behavior, body language, effective/safe/appropriate animal restraint? Anything?

        Over 60% of homes in the US have dogs. What percentage of police are qualified to assess and determine the danger a dog presents to the community? Judge, Jury and Street Executioner… is that the power we are allowing these people that are employed to SERVE AND PROTECT?

      • Kj. Webb says:

        there is absolutely NOTHING worth reading here that can defend the cop. i hope he loses sleep at night over his actions and may he burn in hell for his actions as it probably isn’t the first time he’s done something so disgracefully wrong.

      • ben says:

        The officer threw a dog down a twelve foot stair. I understand animals are strong but the F-ing douche bag threw the dog! If I threw a police dog or any other dog down a 12 ft stair I’d be arrested and charged. Just because you wear a uniform that doesn’t give you rights, if a “costume wearing” cop violates those rights and responsibilities “we” the people can and are protected to create the change necessary. So if a cop wants to act like a police officer I’m down for showing respect, if they want to act like 14 year old boy with a small penis complex F-them and I hope their job is made much harder.

      • Mimi says:

        First off all it looks like a white cop. White privilege and the authority an officer has over civilians is basic Race and Racism structural systems 101. Second years of experience doesn’t mean squat. From the looks of this person is saying obviously something needs to change in the system. Better, qualified and open minded individuals who will not abuse their power. I have seen this kind of police brutality equally treating people like animals, people who have been LABELED as gang members, underrepresented groups, and so forth. Lack of knowledge is what cops have and they should go to college to broaden their horizons. I have worked with cops but I have also seen the damaged caused through criminalization of people.

        This is animal cruelty and if that cop had the chance to do this to a real human being, he would not hesitate. What gives him the right to take a life? Why not call animal control?

        This is why this system has to change. The power is in the top 1% who own the wealth and the other power is in the hands of the whites.

        Get educated. That is what this district needs!

      • mike says:

        That still doesn’t give the wuss the right to kill the dog, what a pussy.

      • Richie says:

        This cop is very dirty business…cop should be fired period.

      • Richie says:

        Wow, Are you involved dirty business? I don’t like cops making a dirty business like they think it is game…I decide that cop should be retake test again or be fired period.

      • Peaches says:

        You are a dick

      • Blackie Lawless says:

        Sounds like somebody is an apologist to me. I suppose you’ve got a pretty good argument for beating up minorities and gays, too?

        The Metro cops are out of control, this situation — where the officer had the opportunity to defuse things and did not — merely highlights the ongoing history of violence perpetrated by these thugs. Placing the blame for this on the owner of the Pit Bull is irresponsible. Shame on you.

      • You are all suspects says:

        1. The whole “pit bulls are aggressive” idea has been proven wrong and is played out. If drug dealers/criminals chose to own poodles, or golden labs and turned their pets into scared, angry killers than this whole story would be the other way around. The fact that this is mentioned in your department’s literature shows ignorance all the way around.

        2. Any officer willing to fire his weapon in a crowded area to kill a dog risks the possibility of injuring or killing an innocent bystander. He could have easily just used pepper spray to stop the dog from attacking and blocked it’s escape from the “safe” area he threw it in until animal control arrived. In the picture he clearly has control of the animal.

        I understand the camaraderie in being part of a team or organization, but defending someone who is clearly in the wrong just shows weakness. Thats what we need on the streets. We need weak police officers who take out their aggression on animals.

        Sleep tight, DC. No one is protecting you, but they might shoot your dog if its the wrong breed.

      • OK Why do law peopl have to say ITS the PITBULLS. OK buddy it is not the pitbulls it the owners that mistreat theses type of dogs. The foster parent has not a clue what this dog has been thought. Any way i would not want to be held like that if i were a dog, also any dog would fight to get free….. I am so sick of the people say it is the breed… Bull shit i have three and mine dnt have a mean bone in there body, but u hurt me or my kids i will kill you, not my dog… my bermises dog will hurt you before my pitbulls ever would… ITS not the breed!!!!!! Get it right . you are just a hater of the breed!!!!! ans so is the cop that killed that poor dog for no reason… I hope u live with the guilt fot the rest of your sad live?

      • checkyourfactrudepeople says:

        um pardon me but just because a dog is a certain breed shouldn’t matter…i own a pit bull thankyou very much and SHE doesn’t deserve to be muzzled…REALITY CHECK ANY BREED CAN BE DANGEROUS PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its all about how the dog is raised end of story and i am sick and tired of these law officials giving pits a bad reputation when they should be more focused on the owners that mistreat their animals and train them to attack….sure you can say the law is the law but i disagree with it…and it was uncalled for for the cop to even be in the situation in the first place the issue was resolved and besides why wasn’t the poodle killed as well it was being aggressive just as much as the dog that was MURDERED…it was uncalled for and cruel…..

      • Savage_Steve says:

        Your an idiot, i dont know how things go in DC but if i ever seen a cop do something like this to an animal in my are you can bet your ass that officer would be beaten with bricks,bats and anything else bystanders could get theyre hands on. Police have other means of subueing a dog like oh i dont know pepper spray, stun gun, and the owner was there controlling the dog. No need to throw the animal down a flight of steps that shoot im sure he must have felt like a real man doing so. I’d rather see that cop die than the dog, and i would sure as hell help that dog before i would ever help him. And to you and everyone who disagrees FUCK YOU! Animals rule people suck end of story.

      • Heather says:

        There seems to be no reason to believe that Parrot would have attacked a child. None what so ever. We are so fast to jump to these conclusions and what just kill whatever threatens us? Is this really what we are teaching our future generations. Because it looks like a pit bull, because its out in a public setting, because it could be dangerous, shoot it? Is that an appropriate response to the situation?

        Living in NYC and being a dog owner occasionally dogs get a little worked up at the sight of another dog for some reason or another out of the blue, this man was calming his dog down, wouldn’t the appropriate response of the police officer maybe have been to ask the man to take his dog and leave? Before shooting it? I just don’t know what made this officer think this dog is threatening, two dogs got in a little tiff and both walked away… I feel like if this was the reason to shoot a dog, I’d see dogs dying ever day in NYC. And what if it were a poodle and a lab would the lab have lived? I’m sure this is some kind of -ism, racism for dogs. As a society we will never move forward if we continue to just consider some people, animals, things inherently bad.

        The saddest thing I’ve seen lately is brutality (by police or otherwise) tried to be justified. Also I have nothing against the police ( I have an uncle and cousin who are cops and another uncle who is a state trooper) but read up on things, there are studies showing the police are not always the best at in the moment decision making, how many people have been killed in the streets that were innocent? ( For all those asking for an example, Jean Charles de Menezes and Julian Alexander) They assume that somethings bad and just act. Innocent people are killed there is no reason to assume that innocent dogs aren’t killed as well.

        If I walked around with a gun and shot some dog just cause hell, it could possibly, maybe, by chance, be threatening I’d go to jail. Maybe some retribution for this poor dog is due.

        I put my dog to sleep almost a year ago after she had a stroke, watching your dog die, is not an easy thing. And I can’t imagine how sad it is when your dog dies on the streets in front of you for no reason. Foster parent or not. I am so sorry for you’re loss. And for the worlds loss.

        Maybe 22 leaves me as an optimistic person, but reading this story just broke my heart.

      • pit-bull owner! says:

        I have a pit-bull and she is the biggest wussy when it comes to things, she hides under the bed when a cop siren drives by the house! So for you to say that because the dog may or may not have been a pit-bull is ridiculous! That dog did not deserve that treatment! And to be brutalized like that is inexcusable!! The cop should be fired and the dog owner should be compensated somehow for what happened!! Dogs (any pet really) are family members to most of us who own them, so to say just leave them at home is a rude thing to say.

      • De Anna says:

        That is not a justifiable reason to harm an animal in this manner. A law enforcer was involved making this situation even more sticky.. I don’t trust some cops because they are blinded by the egos of their uniform. They play with the law and make up rules as they go because they think they can. I have seen a number of unjust situations where a cop refused to play fair to the law set before them. However I have also seen good, fair cops who truly want to do what is right.

        Some animals, much like some people, can change depending on the environment they are in. Negative verses Positive always makes a huge impact to anything.

        K9 Dogs, much like Special Needs Dogs, are trained to serve and protect. So it makes sense that they are trained in a special way. It can not have the kind of affection Pets receive. Parrot was a pet not a K9 dog. Parrot, as a pet and going off his instincts, was doing what he thought was necessary to protect him and his owner.

        Not all Pit bulls posses dangerous habits. If you mistreat an animal it will act out, not trusting you or the animals around them. That photo suggest other wise. I see a happy, well taken care of dog who was mistaken for being a violent beast.

      • Shawn says:

        You’re a retarded piece of crap that should be treated the same way the dog was. How dare you defend a pig like that. You should both be shot.

      • I don’t know how you can justify this action. It does not matter what breed this dog is. The cop committed animal cruelty. There was no need to throw that poor dog off a balcony. If a normal citizen did that they would be in jail, for a crime against an animal. This enforcement is way over it’s bounds. There are way more human ways to take care of an animal. he already had the dog pinned, as you can see in the photo. He could have called for animal control. But he didn’t. He took his role way to far. I have no sympathy for this cop. And i am sorry to say, miss, you are a complete idiot. I can’t believe that any educated person can defend and justify these actions. It angers me to no end. If that was my dog, I would be going after the officer, legally that is. I hope some action is taken against this. We have heard about it all the way in Iowa. I have trained dogs and a dog will resist being pinned, it is not a sign of aggression. I have owned Pit Bulls and have never meet a pit that had a problem with people, as long as the owner treats them right and invests great time into them. I don’t think you know what you are talking about when it comes to the way with animals. The cop was way out of line. I hope he pays for his wrong doing. I know God will make sure that justice is served.

      • Linda Cheung says:

        wow, momma didn’t give you much love huh? big brother, corporate love…

      • Black Nig says:

        you all are the same, ignorant out of high school kids with no true idea of the law, that were once kids driving around old camaros and mustangs and have no future. YOU dont make up the law, you’re just supposed to enforce it. 90% of cops these days that goes to their head. and from what you are saying, I don’t care if the dog was a pit or not, you’re just some ignorant fucking security officer also, Fuck the police.

      • Black Nig says:

        not every dog has to be a police trained k9 to be obedient. If an officer did that to my dog you beat your ass I am staying in jail that night Because I am Fucking Him Up. just a bunch of fucking liars covering up for anything bad that goes wrong. Fuck the way authority takes control of situations.

      • Tobi H. says:

        I do not live in the district of Columbia but i do own a PIT BULL.my PIT BULLS name is diesel, he is a very loyal and good friend tomy girlfriend, her chihuahuas and myself. Diesel has never bitten anybody or another dog EVER. I wasn’t there when this officer did what he did, whether in his mind was the correct thing to do or not I don’t believe you can blame an entire breed of animal for what the OWNERS have taught or trained their PIT BULL to do. In this story it reads;
        “After the two dogs had begun to fight, Aaron jumped in and pulled Parrot away from the poodle. According to observers, the poodle walked away seemingly unhurt. Aaron was holding the dog and calming him, and the situation seemed resolved. Then a cop decided he wanted to fight the dog, too.” why did the officer take on the PIT BULL and not the poodle? who was the real aggressor? it may or may not have been the PIT BULL, the aggressor may have been the poodle. if Aaron regained control of Parrot why did the officer then feel the need to take physical action on the dog? maybe the police in Oregon are very different, or maybe my way of thinking is off but if you got into a fight with another person, the fight was broken up and you were calming down would you expect an officer to throw you to the ground? NO! the officer SHOULD take you aside and investigate the situation and figure out who was the actual aggressor by doing POLICE WORK and asking questions to the witnesses. I take Diesel everywhere I go and I have NEVER put a muzzle on him nor have i ever regretted that fact. A dog just like a child learns from the influences in its surroundings. I have full control of my PIT BULL. If you were to ever own one i GUARANTEE you would change your mind on your feelings toward this breed. PUNISH THE DOG NOT THE BREED! whether or not Parrot was treated “fairly” this officer could have handled …….. SHOULD have handled this situation very differently. I am very close to certain members of my local law enforcement and I know they would have handled this differently. maybe it’s just the different area i live in but I don’t see myself even visiting such a prejudice place as the district of Columbia.

      • jd says:

        ur a fuckin moron thats not a pit
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      • april says:

        @LACY MISINFORMED it seems you should read the article again and get some of your facts straight otherwise keep your mouth shut you make yourself sound stupid on another note no matter what happend the dumb pig had no right killing a dog, isnt a life for a life? someone should do what he did to that poor dog to him.

    • Sharon says:

      To Check your facts people:

      WHY DON’T YOU????

      Your account would be fine, except you ignore one basic, very important fact: THE POODLE, ATTACKED PARROT, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!!!!! I grew up with 3 poodles and I can tell you this is not unusual behavior: they are feisty little dogs who will pick on a dog that outweighs them 10 times over without a qualm. My mother’s 5 pound poodle will do so now. I didn’t hear word 1 about the poodle attacking anyone as it walked off! Once a dog is calmed down, it is calmed. Dogs are not frothing at the mouth things: no, in this situation, that is the police officer. According to every eyewitness account, except for those connected to the police and the other dog owner (who didn’t even stay to try to get her dog out of the fight once it started, but the poodle DID bite someone who tried to break it up!), Parrot was calmed. At that point he was not a danger to ANYONE. The assumption that he was is one that could only be made in complete ignorance of dog behavior. If indeed there was any doubt, the murderer with the gun should have waited for animal control, who undoubtedly would have had a muzzle on them. Instead, this man took pleasure in executing the dog; if not, he could not been guilty of animal cruelty to the point of throwing him down 12 steps onto concrete. That would have broken bones and rendered him sufficiently helpless to be a danger to NO ONE: instead, he chose to execute him simply because he was a dog. There was NO JUSTIFICATION for this officer’s actions. The man should be stripped of his badge; made to pay a fine; and put in jail for animal cruelty. If you truly believe this behavior is ok, then you have a serious problem and I truly hope for everyone in this city and those who visit it that you don’t have a badge yourself, since you too would be a loose cannon with absolutely no conscience. A dog is not a lamp shade, but part of the family. By the way, whole you are being so self righteous about Parrot being on the street during the festival: what about the poodle? Why was a dog with a nippy breed characteristic allowed on the street either? Why do you think that’s ok? The owner of the poodle walked behind Parrot and got too close to him in the first place: any dog owner with half a brain knows better than to get that close to a dog he / she doesn’t know! You are blaming the wrong dog! The aggressive dog is the one the cop DIDN’T SHOOT!!!!! By your logic, buddy, you let the perp get away. For shame!

    • Dottie says:

      Trust your facts people seems to be judging the breed and not the deed. I bet he also has prejudice tendencies too.

    • ForTheLoveOfAllAnimalsEvenPITBULLS says:

      I DON’T CARE IF LACY MISINFORMED SERVED AS ANYTHING. THE DOG DID NOT ATTACK… AGAIN THE DOG DID NOT ATTACK. PITBULL OR NOT… THE OFFICER ATTACKED. TO THAT LOSER WITH A BADGE, I PRAY THAT PARROT HAUNTS YOUR DREAMS. ANYONE WHO KILLS A DOG FOR NO REASON AND BEING A PITBULL IS NO REASON. ANY DOG CAN ATTACK DEPENDS ON HOW ITS RAISED. DON’T EVEN THINK OF CHANGING MY MIND. THIS OFFICER IS AN ANIMAL KILLER…. A HUGE PIECE OF SHIT FOR ATTACKING A DOG. I BET THE DOG WOULD HAVE COWARD IF HE HAD THE CHANCE… TO THIS OFFICER YOU SHOULD NOT OWN ANY ANIMAL… FOR WHO KNOWS YOU MAY KILL THAT FOR BARKING AT YOU ALSO..

      MAY PARROT THE HARMLESS DOG REST IN PEACE.

  2. Annette Rohrbaugh says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of Parrot. The gun happy cops are sick and I am really tired of hearing of them shooting dogs. Pick on something that can fight back sickos.

    RIP little boy

  3. lacymacauley says:

    Sorry to hear that this has happened to you (and Little Boy), Annette! It is truly unfortunate that we give these violent men guns and pay them to terrorize and torment us.

    • Michael Ward says:

      “It is truly unfortunate that we give these violent men guns and pay them to terrorize and torment us.” Wow! Very glad you’re in the world. Very proud of all the thinking minds on this forum.

  4. Has the owner filed a civil suite against the officer and has he been suspended pending an investigation? This can’t be let go. That officer had no business killing this dog or even stepping in. was the fight broken up by the owners? This really infuriates me. I am so sick and tired of these officer just thinking they need to shoot first and ask questions later. And this was a very clear case of brutallity on the officers part. This has sickened me beyond belief.We are seeing more and more humans acting like rabid animals these days! There is no justification for being cruel to animals.I don’t care what the circumstances, there is a right way to handle the situation.

  5. clare says:

    If you know Parrot’s owner, please encourage him to file a civil suit. I can’t believe this doesn’t have national attention, which it needs. I defend police officers because they’re usually veterans who have families and are generally good people, especially since I am one. However, this whole event makes me lose faith in humanity and sick to my stomach. Please tell his foster parent to keep fighting and bring this psychopath down. To the moron that posted above defending the police officer? Sounds like you would defend Hitler himself. Go f yourself.

  6. Phil says:

    @ Lacy misinformed ……

    “Multiple witnesses have expressed their shock and outrage over this incident, stating that Parrot’s foster had gained control over him and that the MPD officer forcibly took Parrot from him. The DC Pit Bull Examiner has made three requests to MPD for additional information but to date has not received a response.”

    Let’s face it, this is another case of a cop losing control of a situation that in reality he had created, (a lot like the situation in AA county in early August involving a Federal rent-a-cop shooting a Husky at a dog park for playing with his dog) and his buddies on the PD as well as you are covering for him. I saw that all the time while I worked for nearly 30 years on a job that worked closely with the police. Cops protect their own no matter what usually. And of course as they do the investigation, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out who the PD will blame.

    You also said this guy has 25 years of experience and was a K9 officer. That may be true but it is evident that he has learned next to nothing in that 25 years, and I know of a K9 officer, also with many years of experience, in AZ who locked his K9 partner in his car during the summer a couple years back with very predicable results.

    So, if this moron, as well as you want to look for sympathy , pull out your dictionary and look between s**t and syphilis. You won’t find it with me.

  7. Boxer Person says:

    @Lacy Misinformed

    Perhaps you missed where the police themselves identified this dog as a rottweiler. My brother has sharpeis. Parrot was clearly a sharpei mix from the pictures.

    Based on what you’ve said above, the poo mix should have been shot too. But in my opinion neither dog should have been shot.

    You say that the officer threw the dog into a confined place (and this is somebody who knows dogs supposedly and how they will react, a k-9 officer by some accounts – God help the dogs) due to the crowds and discharged his weapon. Have you ever fired a weapon into a concrete hole? The possibility of the bullet richocheting and hitting one of the bystanders was great! Thankfully the day did not turn out even more tragic than it was. But if you are playing what if games…so can I. Neither incident happened and from all reports I’ve read, no one required medical attention due to wounds received from this dog.

    You’d better believe I’m going to leave my dogs at home at any event where DC killer cops will be present. From yorkies to mastiffs, give this city a wide berth.

    Appreciation to Clare. There are great cops out there. Officer Fisk and the pitbull phobic @Lacy Misinformed who sees pitbulls at every corner waiting to eat him are not among the crew I call heros every day.

  8. Jeremy says:

    You know whats sickening here, by using any Hitler reference in comparing something you minimize what what Hitler did (Clare). You people are pathetic, you obviously don’t give a shit about that dog, you have agendas w/ the police. Refering to them as “violent men w/ guns who torment you” and as the bitch who wrote the article so articulatly put it “My heart goes out to Parrot, who died because of his good instincts TO STRUGGLE AGAINST POLICE OPPRESSION”. You honestly want to be taken serious with comments such as that Ms. Lacy????? Lets just hope you don’t need assistance from the police in the future with something actually serious, because if I knew it was any of you people, I would take my time getting to you, “hoping” I don’t find any of you shot in the face!!!!!

    • lacymacauley says:

      Jeremy, are you a police officer? You state that if one of us called on the police, “I would take my time getting to you, ‘hoping’ I don’t find any of you shot in the face!” This is an extremely malicious and sociopathic attitude. If you are a cop, you are the last person I would want showing up in a time of need. I’m better off on my own, thanks. I have successfully de-escalated my share of potentially victimizing acts, and walked away safely.

      Re Clare’s Hitler reference: Using techniques of intermediate reading comprehension, one would deduce that Clare referred to Hitler to escalate her depiction of the stance of “Lacy Misinformed,” rather than equate Officer Fike with Hitler. I believe you should read more carefully.

      Parrot was struggling to stand up while the police officer was restraining him, and hurting Parrot a great deal by leaning into his back with his knee. This is struggling against police oppression, in my view. You may see things differently, though, because (as it seems from your comment, above) you are probably a cop and consider people and animals mere subjects to be bossed and bullied around as your aggressive whims allow. As such you do not understand oppression, because you live in it every day, just as a fish does not see the water that it is swimming in.

      Regarding “giving a shit” about Parrot. I saw Parrot on several occasions, and once I pet him and he laid down at my feet for hours. Parrot was a total sweetheart. This event meant something in my world, and yes, I have shed a tear or two for Parrot since Sunday. Knowing that Parrot was shot dead by an out-of-control cop about a block from my house is heart-wrenching, and strengthens my resolve to fight for equality.

      Whether you agree or not, all human beings are created equal. We have inalienable rights, to freedom, to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Police often have little understanding of rights or equality, but that doesn’t mean rights and equality don’t exist. It’s just that you refuse to see them.

    • chris says:

      Jeremy sounds agitated and violent. I bet he tasers some old lady tonite to vent his anger.

    • Katie says:

      Jeremy,
      How dare you call any woman a “bitch”.
      Be an adult.
      These people are just stating their opinions.

    • Blackie Lawless says:

      @Jeremy = Douchebag. You can barely compose a coherent post. Ergo, you’re probably a cop. In fact, given how violent your response is to reasonable complaints about police brutality against animals, I’m almost positive you’re a cop…

    • You are all suspects says:

      are you sure you are not already a police officer? You sound like one.

    • Tim Hartman says:

      typical american

  9. Lisa says:

    I can see what ‘lacy misinformed’ is saying and a lot makes sense in terms of what their laws are over there. But looking at the bigger picture, beyond all of that i hate that they brand certain dogs when all dogs (animals in fact) are still wild at heart no matter how tame, and was lacy actually at this event to witness what went off. Do we really know that the dog wasn’t provoked into biting the other, after watching ‘dog whisperer’ is the poodle is not a balanced dog and nor is the pit bull then they will engage, any animal, any dog would, its just fact. Also, dogs threatened and backed into a corner (or well) will charge, wouldn’t you, it can’t talk for gods sakes, to say ‘give up with me’. When people get bitten it is usally because the dog is backed into a corner, (does a bee not sting you if trapped in your clothes), i’m not saying that it wasn’t wrong for the dog to bite but i’m saying it doesn’t have to shot and humilated in front of everyone, humans wouldn’t be treated like this at all. In fact, you went on about the dog shouldn’t be at the event as they are classed as dangerous but how many more PEOPLE are dangerous and are let into society, you can’t pick them out as easy as you can a dog, but they get better treatment. Just makes me sick that this is how animals are viewed. Not only that, i understand what you’re saying about the police getting the blame but when people can see there is another option, such as bringing the dog to the floor and letting an animal specialist come for it or has no one over there heard of Ceaser Milan Dog Whisperer, it could have been sorted and back with the owner, no problems but no its easier to shoot isn’t it and because they are the police its some how justified isn’t it. Afterall, i dont really trust the police, they take advantage of their responsibilities and think they are above the law, above us, when in fact, they work for us. And yet i have seen counts of them putting their lights on the get through traffic quicker when they are going no where, on mobiles in the car, speeding, beating people up for no reason, i could go on. Ridiculous really.

  10. audrey says:

    For the one that says check yours facts…

    If the dog in under control, it shouldn’t be shot… could have been taken away and “tested” like they do with most pit these days…
    Someone would put my dod down like that, I would be more dangerous that a pack of dogs.

  11. Michelle D says:

    Poor Parrot!!! RIP!!! I hope the owner of him sues the dog. The officer was obviously taking his anger out on something that can’t defend themselves!!
    I know if that was my dog, there would be a law suit against that cop!!! PEICE OF SHIT!! AND I HOPE YOU READ THIS!!! ASSHOLE!

  12. Soledad Konowalskyj says:

    Justice for our beloved PARROT!!! We still need signatures…sign here please…http://www.change.org/petitions/view/demand_justice_for_dog_shot_at_dc_festival

  13. Yes Mr Officer, I will agree I had questions in my mind in regards to 1) Parrot being offlead (most cities have leash laws) and 2) Parrot being unsupervised particularly given many of the things I’ve seen happen in Adams Morgan.

    However, your logic is a bit beyond my comprehension. Basically you and I agree on the points above and your assessment is that nothing untoward happened BECAUSE the dog was running loose inappropriately? By your own account this was a ‘crowded event’ yet you have NO issue with your colleague using his gun for the purpose of KILLING this dog with how many people without range of that bullet? Fine, you (and your colleague) don’t give a rat’s ass about a dog that is apparent but doesn’t it anywhere in your mind – occur to you that this was completely a completely inappropriate response? Let’s say that Parrot was wild and out of control.. the officer, both by the photograph and the accounts (of all parties it seemed) had the dog under control and being how rough and tough you all are could have kept the dog down until AC arrived. When did it become safe to throw a dog down a stairwell? Again, given that you don’t care about the dog, what if someone.. a child.. had been on those stairs?

    There is absolutely NOTHING in your account or the original account that indicates that the officer’s response was appropriate regardless of what Parrot was or was not doing.. or do you want to share with us that he had a gun or had just murdered someone himself?

    If the men in Blue wonder why people don’t trust them… I think they only need look in the mirror. When you seek to defend and justify this type of action, a response that is clearly well outside the bounds of what would have been appropriate given the circumstances… a response that would have gotten ANYONE else arrested, then you are putting yourselves WAY above the law you are sworn to uphold and NO one will see you as anything but the bad guys.

  14. So Jeremy, your theory is that if people say things that are critical that they shouldn’t be entitled to the protection of the police?

    I don’t disagree that there are some rather odd parallels that have been drawn in some of the comments here but to suggest that they are in response to another agenda probably misses the point entirely. Odds are they are the emotional responses of people who are truly devastated at the incompatible idea that the POLICE who we grew up believing were to be inherently trusted may not be nearly as benevolent as we expect and in fact, may be capable of certain atrocities of their own. This is not a need for a devious agenda.. in fact it would be pointless since most people are like you, the police, et al who do not see any particular value in a life if it is not a healthy, normal human being.

    Still, while I understand that the tensions make it difficult for the police to do their jobs, even the good ones. Events like this one demonstrate that the balance is far gone. If you want to argue the errors, mistakes, negligence and wrongdoing of Parrot’s owner.. I’m ALL with you. He is responsible for Parrot running at large and as such, there should have been repercussions. On the other hand, are you suggesting (I wouldn’t think so) that it’s an appropriate response for police to euthanize, via their service revolver, dogs that are running at large during community events? Even if it weren’t horrifying to see you still have the risk of ricocheting bullets. In fact, last I knew it was a more serious violation for someone (not above the law) to discharge a weapon inside city limits than it was to have a dog running at large. The first could get you jail time, the second should result in your dog being taken to the shelter and a fine.

    The absurdity here is that Parrot paid the price for the errors of two people.. his owner and that cop. He had control over the actions of neither.

    As to the dog fight being a factor… I certainly hope you aren’t going to try to suggest that the officer’s response was reasonable given that? I can certainly see though that he was pumped up on adrenaline and determined to PROTECT people from this vicious dog. But then we have to draw in the inadequacies of the Police Dept if they fail to do so little in educating officers on how to deal with dogs.

    In any event, there isn’t a ‘version’ of this situation that makes the officer ‘right’.

  15. Theresa says:

    What does “member of the dog incident shooting response team” mean exactly? Are you telling me that DC has such a “team” like a SWAT team? Or are you trying to imply you were there at this one incident? Is that an official position like homicide detective?

    Either way the police report written by Scott Fike doesn’t exactly concur with your account (much of which is based on some assumptions about the dog that day–unless you were following Parrot and Aaron around?) The only injury listed by Officer Fike was an abrasion for which he declined treatment.

    Elsewhere, a bystander later told reporters he was bitten by the poodle mix while trying to help separate the dogs.

    Perhaps it is not in your opinion a dog friendly event, but Parrot and Aaron were visiting the Lucky Dog Rescue booth along with other foster dogs available for adoption. There is a picture of Parrot earlier in the day at that event on leash and harness.

    I would expect a “highly experienced K-9 handler” to know more about dog behavior than Officer Fike exhibited that day. As in how to calm a dog vs. what would escalate a dog’s state of fear, panic, arousal. Turning the dog loose (however forcefully) into a stairwell has a greater potential risk to the crowd than keeping hold of him . . . supposed his shot missed and the lone “mad” dog went running amok on a “killing spree” into the crowd of onlookers.

    Since you were part of the “response team” perhaps you could answer why it wouldn’t have been equally expedient and safe to call a police cruiser up and throw the dog in the back of it til Animal Control could arrive. Then all those little kids could have been safe as well as not traumatized by seeing policemen shoot dogs at family festivals. And there’d be no story.

  16. Theresa says:

    I mean “Dog Shooting Incident Response Team”.

  17. Do you think he was trying to get the Berlu orchestrator channel out of the dogs head and forgot it was real and not spirit TV?
    At sergeant they’re certain : murder psychopath celebrities go to heaven. (atmosphere blue)

  18. Jeremy says:

    It really irks me that all you people are railing against law enforcement and not railing against the idiot owner who let the dog roam free w/o a leash. I own a pit bull and he is a well disciplined animal and I wouldn’t allow him to roam free in a crowded atmosphere w/o a leash, Parrot was a ANIMAL, animals are unpredictable and will sometimes do things out of character, much like humans do sometimes, so maybe the owner deserves your readers wrath as he is the most culpable in my eyes because had the dog been on a leash(as the law requires)this may not had the outcome it did!!!! Second, until you people walk a day in the shoes of Officer Fike, shut your mouths. Imagine having the responsibility of having to make life or death decisions in seconds in order to protect the community and himself……I don’t think any of you readers could come close to understanding that. Again you were not there at the moment the incident occured, you know the hear-say and thats it. Again you people need to focus your anger at the owner. I have a message for your reader Michelle D, YOUR THE PIECE OF TRASH AND YOUR MOTHERS A WHOOOOOOOOOORE!!!!!

    • Aslyn says:

      Maybe you should work on your reading comprehension, because Parrot was on a leash.

    • Mark Kern says:

      As one who works in security/law enforcement, I can tell you that man was in the wrong! The animal was under control, so there was no reason to jump in. After jumping in anyways, he had it pinned, the picture shows that is fact, Parrot wasn’t getting out of that, and if he didn’t have the strength to keep the dog there, he has no right being a law enforcer. there was never a reason to throw Parrot down a stairwell. If you know anything about using a gun, you know you do not fire it in the direction of surfaces like concrete, you are asking for a ricochet, possibly harming innocent bystanders in the crowd of thousands around you. I do not see how anyone can justify shooting a dog they had pinned mere seconds beforehand… And while I do have faith in most police/law enforcement individuals, it does not mean I’d give them free reign to do as they see fit, there is training for a reason, there are specific times one can and cannot draw their weapon, this was not the time…

    • Blackie Lawless says:

      Two demerits: 1) shitty argument; 2) not using spell and grammar check. F*cktard.

      Oh also? Walk in the shoes of Officer Fike…seriously? Okay, lemme go out and slaughter some animals tonight, wtf…life or death decisions my ass. How about leashing the dog while he was restrained. A K-9 officer most certainly should know how to do that. Um, how about, say, PEPPER SPRAY on the dog? Works for the U.S. Postal Service. No, better yet…lets just throw the dog down some stairs and shoot him and let him die on the ground for two hours with no veterinary care.

      SOUNDS GOOD!

      Jeremy: please shut the f*ck up and stop posting here. Your sub-IQ bullshit is seriously driving me crazy.

      Blackie.

  19. DEBBIE LYNN says:

    ITS DISGUSTING THAT THIS SO CALLED COP KILLED, NO MURDERED THIS LOVELY DOG PAROT. YOU AUGHT TO BE ASHAMED OF YOUR SELF PUCK COP. I HATE YOU BUT I WOULDN’T EVEN TRY OR WANT TO TREAT YOU LIKE YOU TREATED THAT POOR DOG ONLY BEING A DOG. SHAME SHAME SHAME ON YOU. YOU SHOULD GET FIRED. I HOPE YOU DO LOOSE YOUR JOB AND PENSION.DEB. LYNN.ROCKFORD ILLINOIS.

  20. Nina says:

    There are pictures moments before he was shot on a leash. I think you people need to reevaluate who was out of control….and they give the asshole a gun! I think this pansy ass mthr fckr was a bit to big for his britches and I hope he suffers with night terrors and looses his pention because of animal cruelty! How safe was it to pull out his gun and shoot with thousands of guests at this event. There is no reason for such behavior. I hope this PIG pays severely for what he has done to Parrot. Perhaps a loss in pension and a lot of time behind bars with cop killers and child molesters! You are not a cop…. you are just a punk on a power trip! You obviously dont deserve to carry a gun and Parrot certainly did not deserve to die! My heart goes out to Parrots’ human family! Spit on you punk cop!

  21. Theresa says:

    The dog was on a leash, Jeremy. That is a fact–he was not being walked off leash–pictures of him earlier in the day visiting the Lucky Dog booth show that.

    If there was not a gun available, guess what, a rational adult who had ever dealt with dogs could have resolved this without killing the dog OR letting it loose.

    We don’t have to be in Fike’s shoes, anyone who’s dealt with a dog (quite small by K-9 standards) that’s been in an altercation knows this, we’ve already had experience diffusing dog emotions, and we didn’t need a gun and no humans got hurt.

    There wasn’t only one way and one option, but it’s the only one the police are going to claim.

    Parrot wasn’t a super dog, a dog with super natural strength–if Fike’s overwhelmed by a dog like this, I don’t see how he possibly handles police K-9’s who actually are bred for their high drive and trained to take down men and do get overstimulated and out of hand.

  22. listen cop!what you did was cruel,torture and murder a puppy that did nothing!just because YOU wear a BADGE! DOES NOT!give YOU THE RIGHT to ABUSE AN ANIMAL AS YOU DID!DID YOU SEE YOURSELF COP?THE WAY YOU HAD THAT POOR PUPPY BY THE HEAD,WIRH YOUR BIG KNEE IN HIS BACK TO THE CEMENT!?DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL BI OR SOMETHING?!WE”LL IT MAKES ME AND SO MANY OTHER AMERICANS SICK!AND IF THATS NOT BAD ENOUGH TO ABUSE THE POOR DOG AS YOU DID,YOU THROW HIM DOWN CEMENT STEPS,AND BECAUSE YOU YOU FELT LIKE A BAD MAN YOU PULL A GUN AND SHOOTS THE POOR INNOCENT DOG!THIS IS WRONG!DISGUSTING!ANIMAL ABUSE!AND WHAT DOES THIS SAY FOR YOU?!DID YOU EVER STOP AND THINK THAT THEM LITTLE DOGS CAN BE WORSE THAN THE BIGGER DOGS!DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL?!I HAVE HAD LITTLE RATTY DOGS COME FLYING OUT FRONT DOORS AFTER ME!THIS LITTLE DOG HERE STARTED THE WHOLE THING HERE!AND JUST BECAUSE PARROT WAS AN INNOCENT PIT BULL!YOU COME OUT OF NO WHERE AND DON’T KNOW WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON,BUT BECAUSE YOU WEAR A BADGE,AND YOU CALL YOURSELF A COP!YOU ABUSE AN INNOCENT DOG AS YOU DID,AND DON’T DENY IT,BECAUSE PARROT WAS A PIT BULL,YOU TOOK IT UPON YOURSELF TO TREAT THIS POOR DOG SO BAD,THIS IS CALLED ABUSE!AND THEN KILL THE POOR DOG ON TOP OF IT ALL!LOOSE YOUR BADGE COP!WHAT YOU DID TO AN INNOCENT DOG IS WRONG,AND NEEDS TO BE JUSTIFIED!HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU WERE TREATED LIKE THIS!AND THE POODLE WALKS AWAY RIGHT!POOR PARROT GET TREATED SO BAD LOOK AT HOW YOU HAD THIS POOR BABY TO THE GROUND!AND THAT WAS NOT BAD ENOUGH COP?!YOU HAD TO SHOOT HIM?AND TOOK HIS LIFE?THIS DOG WAS INNOCENT!HOW DARE YOU DO THIS JUST BECAUSE PARROT WAS AN INNOCENT PIT BULL!?EVERYONE KNOWS,DON’T DENY IT!YOU ARE WRONG!AND YOU SHOULD BE TREATED AS YOU TREATED PARROT!AND SEE HOW YOU FEEL!DOGS HAVE A HEART,THEY HAVE FEELINGS,IT HURTS THEM AS IT HURTS US! THEY GET HUNGRY,THIRSTY,THEY WANT TO BE LOVED AND GIVE SO MUCH LOVE BACK.WHAY IN HEAVEN WOULD YOU SHOOT THIS LITTLE INNOCENT ANGEL?!GOD BLESS YOU PARROT AND YOUR FAMILY,I LOVE YOU I HOPE PEOPLE REALIZE WHY THIS HAPPENED PARROT WAS ONLY TWO YEARS OLD,JUST STARTING OUT,AND HE WAS SO TERRIBLY ABUSE AND HIS LIFE CUT SHORT,BECAUSE OF AN IRREPONCEABLE PERSON,THEY CALL A COP.

    • DO YOU KNOW WHAT MAKES ME SICK AND DISCUSTED?AND DON’T UNDERSTAND,WHAT KIND OF WORLD WE LIVE IN?WHERE YOU HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO BE COPS,THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE PEOPLE WHO DO GOOD,AND HONEST,AND PROTECT!WE’LL NOT IN THIS WORLD!THE COPS TODAY ARE NO BETTER THAN ANY OTHER THIEF,DRUG DEALER,POT SMOKER!DRUNK,SEX OFFENDER,ANIMAL ABUSER,AND INNOCENT ANIMAL KILLERS,QUICK TO PULL A GUN!AND THATS PRETTY DAM PATHETIC!

  23. DEAR PARROT,GOD BLESS YOU INNOCENCE,I WANT TO CRY,AND I DID WHEN I SAW YOUR INNOCENT SWEET FACE YESTERDAY,WHEN I READ WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU.I’M SO SORRY HONEY,I KNOW HOW ACARED YOU MUST OF BEEN,WHEN THAT MAN HAD YOU THE WAY HE DID ON CONCRETE CEMENT.THAT MAN WAS HORRIBLE AND EVIL AND OUT OF CONTROL,AND THEN TO THROW YOU ON CEMNET AND KILL YOU? THIS IS AWFULL,HONEY.i WISH I COULD OF HELPED YOU HONEY.I KNOW YOU ARE THE INNOCENT ONE,AND BECAUSE OF THE WAY PEOPLE ARE,THEY WILL BE JUDGED SOMEDAY,FOR YOU ARE GODS LITTLE ANGEL THAT DIDN’T EVEN HAVE A CHANCE.AND YOU KNOW SOMETHING IF IT ISN’T THE ROTTON,EVIL PEOPLE THAT ARE ABUSING YOU,FORCEING YOU TO FIGHT,TORTURING AND KILLING YOU IN ONE WAY OR THE OTHER,YOU AREN’T EVEN SAFE IN THE HANDS OF A DAM COP!I LOVE YOU PARROTT.

    • Jessica Tenaglia says:

      This story is heart-wrenching. I love my pets and I know that sometimes animals can become agitated but this dog did not deserve this. Unfortunately, nothing will be done to the Police Officer but I have lost all respect for cops after this. They are racist and now they partake in activities such as animal cruelty. In fact, to call it animal cruelty, does not even come close to what this is. That cop is disgusting and justice will be served. He will get what he deserves because of a little something called Karma. We can all just sit back and let Karma do what it has to do. I send my condolences to the owner of this beautiful dog and I hope that people take matters into their own hands and start fighting back when these cruel cops do despicable things.

  24. think your mr big guy,with a gun,but you AIN’T NOTHING!ANYONE THAT COULD DO WHAT YOU DID TO THIS PRECIOUS DOG THAT DID NOTHING WRONG,YOU SHOULD BE GRABBED BY THE DAM NECK!AND SLAMMED TO THE GROUND!YOU SSHOULD BE KNEED IN THE BACK!AN D WHEN YOU TRY TO GET UP!YOU SHOULD BE THROWN 12 FEET DOWN A CEMENT STAIRWELL!AND THEN SHOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THATS WHAT YOU DESERVE!AND THEY CALL YOU A COP!??????????????????????????????
    DON’T BRING YOUR DAM ANGER TO SO CALLED WORK,WITH YOU!AND TAKE IT OUT ON AN INNOCENT DOG!AND NO,YOU SHOULD NOT!HAVE A GUN!YOU SHOULD NOT BE A COP!AND YOU SURE AS HELL DON’T BELONG BEING ON A POLICE FORCE!WHAT KIND OF HUMAN BEING WOULD BE SO DAM HEARTLESS AND CRUEL TO DO SUCH A TERRIBLE THING AS THIS!GET YOU FACTS STRAIGHT PAL!WHAT DON’T YOU LIKE ABOUT PIT BULLS?!!!!!!!!!!!IT’S ONLY THEIR NAME! BECAUSE YOUR ANGRY OR NOT HAPPY WITH YOUR LIFE YOUR GOING TO TAKE IT OUT ON AN INNOCENT DOG!THAT DID NOTHING TO YOU OR ANYONE!THAT OTHER DOG WAS IN ON IT TOO!WHAT BECAUSE ONE IS BIGGER THAN THE OTHER?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    THE LITTLE DOG STARTED IT ,FROM WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY!AND BECAUSE PARROTT WAS AN INNOCENT PIT BULL,HE GETS ABUSED TERRIBLY AND THROWN DOWN CEMENT STAIRS AND SHOT ON TOP OF IT!YOU GOT A BIG PROBLAM PAL!THESE TWO DOGS WEREN’T EVEN FIGHTING BAD,IT WAS A LITTLE SCUFFLE,AND THE LITTLE ONE STARTED IT!AND THE DOGS WERE SEPARATED!THEN YOU COME LIKE MR BIG CRAP COP THAT YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE,AND TREAT AN ANIMAL LIKE THIS AND BERCAUSE THE POOR THING TRIED TO GET AWAY,YOU THROW HIM DOWN A FLIGHT OF CEMENT STAIRS!AND THEN SHOOT HIM IN THE HEAD AND KILL HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
    WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE!COMING FROM GOD KNOWS WHERE AND ACT LIKE MR TOUGH GUY!?????????????
    BECAUSE YOUR NOT!YOU TERRIBLY ABUSED AND KILLED AN INNOCENT DOG!I HOPE YOU GET THE SAME TREATMENT,THE SAM THING HAPPENS TO YOU! WHAT A DAM SHAME A DECENT RESPECTABLE COP DIDN’T COME ON CALL,IF THEY WOULD OF BEEN ANY BETTER,AT LEAST POOR INNOCENT PARROT WAS IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME.GOD BLESS YOU PARROT

    • Vader1995 says:

      You’re taking the side of a pit bull (known to be violent, aggressive animals) over a human being’s side. You’re clearly a lunatic, clearly. Get a grip. And if anything, it’s the fault of the dog’s owner for bringing the thing to a crowded street festival. People come before pets. That’s all there is to it.

  25. brandon puckett says:

    i know how fucking cops can be had 1 cum n my yard a shot my dog/best friend saying it bit him but he didnt have a mark on him my dog never tryed 2 bite no 1 fucking cop or should i say pig shot him cuz he was pitbull

  26. Bleuz says:

    Wow! This Jeremy character must be trying to get into the DC Killer and Hate Force. I’m sure they have a Dog Killer badge just for you. It’s best to ignore idiots like him. You will never get through to ignorant, self-righteous people.

    We need to continue to fight for justice for Parrot in hopes that Scott Fike pays harshly for what he did and I mean fired, fined and jailed. I consider what he did as murder. What is this guy doing being a K-9 handler?! Who knows what he does to these dogs! RIP Parrot. You will not be forgotten and were loved by so many people. You are with God now and can never be brutalized again.

  27. Cora says:

    Your Parrot was on leash, the Bishon-Poodle mix was not however. It drives me crazy when people are insistent about approaching my dog, who is a long-haired miniature dachshund. Leo is a rescue who has come a long way, however he can be leash aggressive. We have our ways on how to deal with him.

    We do make sure that people are made aware, most listen however but some I just shake my head on. Does that mean that it gives the police the right to throw my dog down a flight of cement stairs and then shoot him? NO!

    I was at a festival last summer where I was sitting listening to music with Leo beside me. This guy came out of now where demanding that my dog should make with another pure bred down the street. First of all Leo felt he had to protect me so he went after him, I stopped Leo, however I got bit in the process. Leo then calmed down until the guy started screaming at me because my dog bit me. Police came over to ask what was happening. I asked that remove the screaming maniac.

    At that point they noticed my arm and the bite mark. I was questioned about as the officers knew both me and my dog they didn’t even report it, which they are required too.

    From what I have read on other sites the owner of the Bichon-Poodle cross felt that her dog should be allowed to greet and go wherever it wants. That is not so. The other thing that was said was the Bichon-Poodle was the instigator. The it kept nipping Parrot and actually bit him on the snout.

    It was crazy!

  28. El Hec says:

    Incredible…how to kill a dog, and try to portray yourself as a hero…not.

    One thing that jumps into my mind…how was Officer FIke a K-9 officer, when he failed so badly at “Basic Canine 101”? In the picture, it is obvious he has the dog UNDER CONTROL. Once that happens, he can hold the dog until it is put under restraint. Obvioously, there was a group there that had the equipment to do so (a leash, at least). That aspect of Jeremy’s account begins to unravel. In addition, having some training in firearms as a military veteran, you plain and simple, do not shoot into a concrete space because of ricochet. Those ricochets can kill people, including you.

    So, what did happen? Dogs acted like dogs. There was no trial for Parrot, only summary execution by Officer Fike. By some accounts, the poodle was the perpatrator. Just because it is owned by a woman does not mean the dog is “nice”. That dog needs to be picked up and quarantined to avoid future incidents.

    As for Officer Fike…he should be removed from any duties involving K-9s. He obviousl has no understanding of the “cops” he is working with.

    As to the owner…if you DID have him off-leash, well…lesson learned…it is not always the animals who have the wort behavior…but I would sue.

    As to Jeremy…you were doing okay in your defense, until your little tirade…that blew your credibility out of the water and took you from “trusted eyewitness” to “port a potty rent-a cop”.

  29. […] a dog and take it to a big event like that. The scuffle was between a poodle and a Shar-pei mix. You can read an eyewitness account here for more details. In any case, the incident was resolved by the owners, and the owner of the […]

  30. Vincent McConnell says:

    This sick cop should be locked in solitary confinement in a dark room that measures about 3x5x4 with only one meal a day for the rest of his life. No outside contact, only two waterbottles a day also. Complete darkness and nothing to do forever. He really deserves that…

  31. Jenna says:

    http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/dc/dc-police-officer-shoots-dog-at-adams-morgan-festival-091310

    WOW i can’t believe this woman. she says the police officer did the RIGHT thing just because the dog hurt her dog. WOw WOW it’s not ok for her dog to get hurt but it’s ok for the dog to die because it hurt her dog. WOW i can’t believe she even has a dog. Then, if her dog hurts another dog…she should kill her dog. YEA? can’t believe those words came out from a person who raises a dog.

  32. Ashley Tierney says:

    That man is blue looks like a total coward. How pathetic.

  33. jazzguyal says:

    That dog was not a pit bull, besides most pits are just fine around people as long as they aren’t trained to fight. There is no other reason to torture and kill that dog other than the cop was hoping someone would intervene and he could go off on that person perhaps even shooting them for unlawful interference with the police. I’ll bet the cop gets a medal and a commendation for bravery.

  34. […] Witnesses state that Parrot was not harming anybody and was simply frightened by the cop. Or from elsewhere… […]

  35. Snakes says:

    Any kind of way you want to twist this shit, it still is what it is. He threw a fucking dog off a banister and then shot it multiple times, when the dog was just startled. What the fuck justifies that? People are fucking horrible. I hope this officer dies.

  36. Mike says:

    I read the initial post, and the post by the “obvious” officer right after. No offense officer, but this officer who shot Parrot was WRONG in every sense of the word. Any officer that disharges his weapon anywhere near people should be disarmed. Where was animal control? why wasn’t this dog taken into custody? Seriously? This is a story of a trigger happy cop that needs to be disarmed, and charged with the numerous crimes he’s commited.

  37. Yvette Aragon says:

    Based on prior news stories, Parrot was still under watch to see if he was adoptable. On this information alone, a person cannot tell how the dog would react in a situation like that. So why was the dog taken out in to public and then not watched?

    I think the foster owner is more to blame than the dog.

    Also it was mentioned above by the investigating officer and they wrote this:

    “The officer used his judgement, based on 25 years of being on the Metropolitan Police Department. He was a K9 officer and is around dogs most of his duty time, if not 24/7. K9 officers usually take home dogs and put them in special kennels where they can not be socialized by the public. They are tools used by the Police for very specific tasks and are not supposed to be petted while on duty.”

    Well, in working with the Las Vegas Metro K-9 unit, the police dogs are integrated into the families of the officers who own them. As a matter of fact, I personally know several young children who sleep with the K9s and my own daughter got to play with one with permission of the handler. So I feel sorry for the DC area on how they handle their own K9s. This information does not seem correct because police departments want the dogs to be able to be taken in public without hurting someone. I don’t believe you know what you’re talking about.

  38. kitkat says:

    Deborah!!!! Calm down!!!! You are gonna have a stroke! If you could put that energy into actually working for animals, like the SPCA, you could actually do some Good!!

  39. There are no such things as bad dogs only bad owners and anyone who thinks otherwise can go f**k theirselves…this is my promise to you Parrot…The unreasonable pain and suffering you endured will not go unnoticed…I am making it a personal vow to you and all other dogs who get a bad rep for their breed and just abused in any shape fashion or form to be the voice of you guys…People need to grow the f**k up and realize that the world is corrupt and needs to change! **JUSTICE AND EQUALITY FOR ALL-BOTH 2 LEGGED AND 4 LEGGED!!**

  40. Jenn Jersey says:

    It sickens me to see the officer get off without any reprocussions. I have never ever had an issue with law enforcement personnel but, it seems a lot of them are starting to take the law into their own hands. I think the officer needs to be made an example of he is no longer fit to be referred to as a peace officer. He has done nothing to keep the peace instead he destroyed many lives by killing an innocent soul. Karma will come for him!

  41. I’ve broken up dog fights (with dogs off and on leash) without a gun, or using unnecessary force, and I’m NOT a K-9 handler or even a police officer. I’m 19, a girl, 5 feet, barely 100 pounds (I’ve broken up dog fights between dogs weighing more than me, with some help). It’s not rocket science…I usually support our boys in blue (all and who serve)…but this d-bag piece of bacon needs to be thrown in a vat of hot grease. Poor Parrot ❤

  42. Oliver says:

    Lucky for this cop that it wans’t my dog…the cop would be dead now for sure.
    ACAB

  43. Kali Mickleson says:

    I want the badge number…name and address of this “employee” of the people!!!! I call for his termination and revocation of ALL retirement benefits….i also call for his indictment for murder!!!!!!!!!!!!! And by the way…if your reading this.,..you big prick…i dare you…i double dare you to show up at my door…as a matter of fact…i beg you to show up at my door…!!! You might think your a big tuff asshole….but your nothing but a wast of taxpayers money…NO WHATS THIS PRICKS BADGE NUMBER?

  44. Tex Shelters says:

    Check the date on your post.

    Otherwise, good reporting.

    Let’s hope the upside is the DC police get investigated and clean out like LA did back in the 90s. Though still not perfect, LA has made great strides.

    Peace,
    Tex Shelters

  45. Vito Corleone says:

    “Aim for their head…” ~ G. Gordon Liddy

  46. Visionquest says:

    wow this truly sucks. poor dog. but I do have to ask where the hell are all of you when a man is shot 50 times for showing his wallet , or on his wedding day. We have been saying this for years but no one wanted to here it. But it’s our own fault ever since 911 exulting cops and military personnel to god like status. Do they do a difficult job yes should they be appreciated yes but all this hero BS we feed them can go to anyone’s head and make them feel like they are god’s gift to the planet and can do no wrong. Cops are people to and do some fucked up shit at times it’s a job like every other, done by every day people with flaws, only they will never admit it no matter who they murder.

  47. astounded says:

    Its a dog people. Dogs can bite if they feel threatened. It didn’t belong in a crowded place. duh. Yeah there are alot of assholes out there. Some of them are cops. We have people in this country that molest, abuse, and even murder CHILDREN. Put your outrage there, oh angry mob. I love animals, mind you. I have pets myself. But people need to stop making dumb “mistakes” regarding their animals and then complaining about it when they feel like they are dealt with sooo harshly. And people need to stop treating animals like people and focus more on treating people like people. If any dog ever bites my child, I would make sure that it got put down. AND STOP SAYING GOD BLESS YOU TO A DAMN DOG!! MAYBE BLESS YOUR FELLOW MAN!

  48. Anonymous says:

    This is an example of police abusing the authority they have. First he knocked Aaron away from Parrot. Then he kneeled Parrot to the ground. As if that wasnt enough, he threw Parrot down a stairwell then he shot Parrot because he was a dog. Parrot didn’t start the fight. Even after Parrot was attacked he didn’t retaliate. This man should be stripped of his badge and go to jail for animal cruelty. Parrot never attacked anyone. Aaron calmed him down so he wouldn’t attempt to hurt anyone, but the cop had to kneel him to the ground…. Then he threw Parrot down a staircase so now he COULDN’T hurt anyone. But did it end? Not at all. The cop shot Parrot…. This is an example of animal cruelty. Parrot was loved by Aaron, yet this cop killed him for being a “dog”. I hope that this man realizes what he has done to Aaron and other pet owners.

  49. Anna says:

    This cop is the biggest ass I have ever seen in my life. Cops are rude, power hungry pigs who have control issues of their own. No animal or human should be killed right on spot, and isn’t it just to say the animal was using self defense? Did that cop really have any reason to pick a battle if the situation was already controlled? This cop is using laws of the area, rather then looking at the federal laws that say if he is on a leash then it is fine. Was throwing the dog down the stairs a reasonable action? If you, being a rude white supremacy pig, threw a black man down the stairs still be sitting in your house hitting your children and wife? No, you would be sitting in jail with thousands of pictures as you being the brutal man you are. A dog has no gun, no badge, he just knows that he is being hurt. Animals, as well as humans, go into fright or flight mode. Let me ask you this pig, if you were punched in the face and held down would you sit there and look your attacker in the eye? No, human chemistry shows you would either hide and protect yourself or free yourself with fighting. You are a dumb man, with little knowledge, seeing as anyone can take a month class on how to use a gun and memorize rights in which you will later learn to abuse. I hope that your family stands up against you, and that one day Parrot gets the karma he deserves against you.

    your a dirty pig.

  50. Pablo says:

    did I loose something in this plot??? I ´ve read that this dog attacked a kid and this child or something like that. Is it true???

  51. Scott says:

    This has made me very agnry and I’m appauled at the commenters in support of the stinkin cops!

  52. Jim Coblentz says:

    There is a reason I like dogs more then most people

  53. Norm here is the complete story told by the owner i believe

  54. Merk says:

    all i gotta say is i dont believe shiz till i see a video. I personally hate most cops some are the shit and some are just bad really idiotic. But in all honesty one story vs the other… you killed a dog with a gun ( i was trying to protect people) you still killed a dog with a gun in public where aparently 80% of the people didnt see the poodle attack parrot or vice versa…. story vs story.. its just gunna blow for the person who doesnt deserve to get screwed over stuff like this happens all the time with wrong information given… thats why for example i come to a red light behind a guy and he flips out on me for no reason…. yelling at me to back up wile he was the one about to blow the red line. so i grab my phone to record him instead of yelling and exc back because he almost reversed into my car.. guess what if it was me vs him with no witness id be screwed but with my video he’d be screwed… need more witnesses to explain what they said and those people have to be REASONABLE not just cop haters or dog lovers bc the truth is more important than trying to squabble over animal cruelty give me court report ending it / first person witness’s

  55. Samantha says:

    I can’t believe that this really happened. I thought police officers were suppose to keep everyone safe no matter what as long as they were not being unsafe or going to be a danger to anyone near or around that person. I wonder if something like this was done to the police officer that killed the dog had this done to him but not the killing though. He should lose his job go to jail and then go to hell

  56. Sluggz says:

    BURN!! To that one cop tryna back his crooked ass cop buddy! Pitbulls r the most misunderstood k9s,its not the dog its the ppl that raise them, I can raise a chihuahua to be just as viscious

  57. caroline says:

    Wow, sad is the day when we put the safety of an animal above that of a human. But more over, how quick we are to believe one account over another and as such, form fast opinions. If you weren’t there you have no right to make such harsh judgments either way on such little evidence as one photo.

    But I can speak from personal experience here when a friend was petting our neighbors pit-bull (and the dog in the photo is a pit-bull). The dog was on a leash which it’s owner was holding and without any warning jumped and snapped her i the face. It happened super fast the dog had no history of violence but my friend was left with 12 stitches and a big medical bill!!

    And as for who started the fight, the little dog or the big dog, that is irrelevant. If a small kid kicks an adult in the shin is it OK for the adult to beat the child. The reason pit-bulls have been banned in so many country’s and states in the US is it’s unpredictable behavior (or more over it’s predictable aggression especially towards other dogs) and it’s physical ability to carry out exceptional damage.

  58. sara says:

    Ok so ive just read all the comments on here.
    In my view, no matter which dog started the fight, no matter what Parrot did or didnt do in reaction to that lowlife police officer, the point is that Parrot in no way deserved to Die that way. If he had been in the wrong at all and had bitten someone or another animal which had resulted in being put down then it SHOULD have been done humainly, NO ONE and NOTHING deserves to die that way. That was plain cruelty and should result in that officer being Fired there and then and then locked up for animal cruelty, where he would be left in the hands of the other inmates to do as they pleased! I love all animals, most of them are very misunderstood but they all just want love, just like us. i feel ever so sorry for Parrot and his owner!! I hope his owner gets judice for the officers bad actions, but if i knew the law system (which sadly i think i do) then this will be swept under the carpet and the officer will carry on his duties! Shame on you!!!

  59. April says:

    Folks, this cop is not a Man.. he is a wimp in the truest form!! I feel nothing but pity for him and anyone who is related directly or indirectly to this wimp! who has to pick on the innocent, be it a human being or an innocent animal? I rely on KARMA, and for his return treatment, I want a front row seat. Oh and to the other “so called cops” You are equally as pathetic and as much if not more of a wimp than the the cop abusing the dog!!! If I would have been there I would have jumped right in… go ahead arrest me.. I have no fear of “little boys” dressed in blue with guns.. Please!!
    Let some cop or anyone else for that matter try and get within a foot of my dog.. see what happens to you… Trust me you will all be running home to your Mommies crying like the wimps you are. And they wonder why they get no respect. I hope someone out there keeps the public informed as to what punishment all the cops involved get. Maybe these little boys should be dressed in PINK!! My heart goes out to the owner of Parrot!! R.I.P Parrot!!

  60. Kalaena says:

    There are a few disturbing facts in this story. The fact that a police officer could get away with killing an animal in that manor. I don’t know what the festival is about, but the disgusting acts of the officer need to be addressed! I don’t care if there are laws against Pit Bulls or Mixes. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT has proven that even the Michael Vick Pit Bulls can make a come back from fighting dog histories! That law, is just as outrageous as the disturbing accounts of this officer!

    My sympathies go out to Parrot and his owner. Though Parrot didn’t look even remotely like a dangerous dog, he lost his life for being a dog.

  61. brea mcpherson says:

    This is ridiculous. If the owner had it under control and the dog had settled down then the police officer had no reason to jump on the dog. Why didn’t he jump on the poodle??

  62. loverofallpets says:

    I am sorry Lacey but maybe someone should throw u down a stairwell and fire at you. There is no reason that dog should have been treated that way the owner obviously had it calmed down and if it is part pitbull and there are laws against then then he should have been charged and asked to leave the dog did nothing wrong.

  63. loverofallpets says:

    Soory that should have been for Lacey misinformed

  64. Sheldon says:

    I am canadian, cops is very disturting person in the world ever I seen it!! , I really dont understand that cops did moree deep fight with dog. Cops need take gun with needle for animals sleep. Here Canada RCMP already law have it needle sleep gun for animals. And if I did hurt a dog and I be fined 5,000 dollors for only in Canada for law.

  65. Justin says:

    Jeremy,

    I understand that this officer has to make tough life and death decisions on a daily bases for which i am grateful. That being said i don’t really imagine myself doing that walking in his shoes because i don’t want to make those kinds of decisions, it is not in my nature to do so. That is why I pay taxes so that those who are qualified do so. This officer however is not qualified as far as I can see from the facts presented.

    It actually scares me and pisses me off at the same time that my tax dollars go to pay the salary of an individual who is not qualified to deal with or posses the skills to properly asses this situation.

    Yes i fault the owner for not having his dog on a leash especially in a crowded area but it seems to me that regardless this remained a “life” decision not death. Discharging his weapon in a crowded area like that is no way to diffuse the situation. This man is a poor excuse for a police officer and a terrible role model for those who aspire to be one. especially if he does not face disciplinary action for his use of excessive force.

    Maybe he had a rough childhood and decided to become a cop to get a gun and legally carry and use it. I don’t know anything about him but he has left a bad first impression on me that’s for sure. If it is a case or overuse of power its a perfect example of the need for rigorous background and psychiatric checks on officers in the academy.

  66. Rage against your machine says:

    Grab my dog like that and then kill him like some murderous criminal with a gun I will gladly go to jail for kicking your face in. As police officers you are held to a higher standard, sad to see asshats like these get justification by the badge and their sycophants. I have many close friends in police work and gov. side law enforcement and they found this to be uncalled for. And then you have E-trolls like lacy misinformed trying to justify savagery because hes a “security officer”..that in itself is laughable. I would like to see his punk ass and that cop bring their happy ass to Juarez,Mexico. There.are alot of dangerous dogs down here, and they dont walk on 4 legs and arent as submissive as

  67. Wayne says:

    Fuck cops.

  68. Tim Hartman says:

    Ha, like this is the only incident a power hungry cop got out of control and killed something. There are many people who believe that the function of the police is to fight crime, but you see that’s simply not true. The function of the police is protection of property and social control.

  69. tessa connorton says:

    I have posted this on my facebook and all my friends have done the same, we are in England and are sickened by this the cop or arsehole as he is should be sacked or have the sh.. t beaten out of his ugly face!

  70. This has really sickened me to the point of hate for this person that did this to this lovely gentle dog, I have to see justice done here, this dog was murdered by someone with a personality disorder and he should be exposed to the media and sacked from his job for what he did, he is a brutal killer 😦

  71. Fred Beggs says:

    I really doubt this story. Especially the officer discharging his weapon on a dog. Where are the follow-up photos or is this just a fabricated story?

  72. Vader1995 says:

    People come before pets. Good job to the cop – nice work. You neutralized a pitbull before he could gnaw some baby’s face off.

  73. Samantha lindstrom says:

    I would love to have my hands covered in that police mans blood, seriously anyone that hurts animals I would love to brutally torture them cutting their eyes out or fingers while telling them how bad it is to torture animals and of course in the end those people who abused animals will be dead by me especially michael Vick just because his story happened a while ago doesn’t mean I don’t remember or will ever forget about it one day He will get what’s coming so is everyone else in the world who abuses animals all I can say right now about this idiot police man Is that parrot lost his life and so should the police man for this horrific act!!

  74. Kelli says:

    It is sad that the cop was so uneducated that he did not know how to handle this situation. I feel sorry for the owner and Parrot. Parrot gets attacked by another dog and then attacked by an uneducated human. I can only imagine that Parrot didn’t understand what he did wrong. For anyone to treat an animal that way is completely insane. I honestly think they need to go through a mental evaluation before they are allowed to become a cop. That cop needs to pray for forgiveness, that was just sick. If the cop intended to shoot Parrot then why throw him over a balcony?? I am so sick of police officers getting away with so many wrongs. The world needs to open their eyes and realize just how screwed up this country is becoming!!

  75. Bill says:

    For the person that left the long email that justified the murder of a helpless animal…. You’re an idiot.

    Humans react by emotion and act by physicality, dogs react by physicality and act by emotion. The “K9” cop should of known this being an “expert”, which means nothing but he received a trained animal.

    The moment you try to subdue an animal you’ll receive exactly what you give, the difference?! The dog doesn’t have a gun.

    The dog has a leash and an owner, simply walking the dog away from action would calm the dog down. The uneducated ex-military police officer created a heightened physicality in the dog due to his emotional state. If the officer was calm, treated the dog as an animal and not a human, the dog would of responded positively, however, the egomaniac responded opposite to what educated dog owners know… Just walk the dog away. The police officer murdered a dog, he should be treated and tried as a criminal.

  76. Josh says:

    This is rediculous. I am going to
    School for criminal justice and I would like to become a cop. In no circumstances would I have taken deadly force in this situation. It’s the same thing as a human. If two people get in a fight are you going to jump on one of them and then throw them down a flight of stairs and shoot them?? No you’re not. Ask any police officer, they are only permitted to use their firearm in situations that call for the maximum use of force. Once the situation has been negated and you feel safe their is no exceptions to this rule. If you look at this picture the situation was clearly under control and shooting the dog was completely unacceptable. Once the situation was under control you can then make the call whether or not the dog needs to be put down. And how come the poodle wasn’t shot and killed?? That dog is also just as guilty but because it’s a poodle and not a pit bill it was okay to go home. Also have you seen the show pit boss?? All put bulls shouldn’t be treated the same not all dogs are violent. Yes every animal has it in them to become violent but just because it’s a pitbull doesn’t mean they are automatically going to be mean. @ check your facts people: every dog should then be muzzled no matter the size or breed. They all contain to same amount of anger in them. They all can become aggressive at any point without warning or history. Sure some because they are bigger can do more damage but it’s still the same act. Don’t treat the breeds different they should all be held to the same standards.

  77. kelsey says:

    Lacy misinformed* maybe they’re shouldn’t have been any children at the event. When did city events not allow animals to attend. Honestly your opinion makes me sick. Maybe one day you’ll realize what it feels like to be obtained against your will, and then shot and killed. All there is to it is animal abuse. You must be one of them women that let your husband beat your children. Since you think it was okay that the dog got killed. You obviously have no understanding of the fact that dog couldn’t defend its self. For that you are truely blind.

  78. Kim says:

    POINT BLANK PERIOD COPS ARE PIGS AND DOGS THERESELVES. THE DOG DIDNT HARM NOBODY AND ID KILL THAT COP IF IT WAS MY DOG. THEY SWEAR THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY WANT CAUSE THEY ARE PART OF THE LAW. WHAT HE DID WAS WRONG AND SHOULD BE PENTALIZED

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