- Category: Breaking News
- Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
- Written by Fred Kray
Animal Welfare Groups File Brief In
Brooks v. Jenkins-Pet's Are Not Family
Brandi, the dog shown above, was shot by Officer Timothy Brooks, while deputies were trying to serve a warrant on the owner's son who no longer lived there. The dog survived the shooting, but needs life long medical care, limps and may need to have a leg amputated. Nearly the entire incident was caught on one of the deputies dashcam. For one of the few times in police shooting cases, the jury would get to see for themselves what actually happened, instead of relying on the usual "I was scared and/or being attacked" defense. The video showed Brandi bounding to meet the deputy, who immediately went to his gun despite the fact that the dog had stopped barking and never got within three feet of him. When firing, he also shot in the direction of the family home which was occupied. To add insult to injury, as the dog owners rushed Brandi to the vet, the officers entered their home. The jury returned a verdict of $620,000, finding that the officers unlawfully shot Brandi and unconstitutionally and illegally entered there home. The verdict is perfectly understandable given the facts of the case. News reports of the case can be seen here, here and here. The defendants have appealed.