Target: Michael J. Register, Interim Chief, Clayton County Police Department
Goal: Fire officer who allegedly shot and killed a five-month-old puppy.
A family’s pet puppy was allegedly shot to death by a police officer for no other reason than playfully approaching the officer when he entered the family’s yard. The 5-month-old lab cross, called 8-Ball, ran outside when a child opened the door to speak to the officers, who were at the house to inquire about a family friend. The two officers speaking to the family had no issues with the dog, but when a third officer arrived on scene, he reportedly shot the dog almost immediately.
According to the family, Clayton County Police Officer Walter Dennard pulled his gun out almost immediately after entering the yard, shooting the dog and laughing as it twitched on the ground. The officer shot the dog again, in plain view of the children and several eyewitnesses. While the officer claimed that the dog lunged at him, several accounts from neighbors suggest otherwise.
The accused officer has a previous record of complaints against him, including allegations of unreasonable use of force. One complaint, which resulted in the officer’s suspension, states that Officer Dennard tased a suspect in the neck— a dangerous and extremely painful spot. The police department has opened an internal investigation into this case as well.
This officer’s actions were completely unnecessary, and his quick aggression and poor self-control will likely haunt the two family children for years to come. It is imperative that this officer is not allowed to continue with his overly-violent tendencies. Sign the petition below to demand that Officer Dennard is dismissed from his position with the Clayton County Police Department.
Dear Police Chief Register,
A Clayton County police officer is currently under investigation for his alleged shooting of a five-month-old puppy. The lab mix, named 8-Ball, was shot by Officer Walter Dennard, who laughed at the twitching dog before shooting him again. While the officer claims that the dog lunged at him, several eyewitness accounts state otherwise.
Officer Dennard has a previous record of complaints against him, including some for the inappropriate overuse of force. It is imperative that this officer is not allowed to continue his work after repeated violent outbursts. We, the undersigned, demand that Officer Dennard is fired in the interest of public safety.
[Your Name Here]
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