Reprimand Chief of Police for Killing Pet Chicken


Target: Atwater, MN Mayor Mark Olson

Goal: Proceed with legal action against the Chief of Police, Trevor Berger for killing chicken

Accounts of policemen brutally murdering citizens’ dogs have greatly increased recently. Countless internet videos portray police officers shooting and maiming pet dogs for, more often than not, little to no justifiable reason. The brutality is only escalating; recently, the Chief of Police in Atwater, MN, beheaded a pet chicken after clubbing it with a shovel. Trevor Berger, the accused man, unabashedly admitted to killing the chicken and insisted that the incident was being made into an unnecessary issue. Police brutality against citizens’ pets must be stopped.

The city council of Atwater had been discussing the possibility of creating an ordinance that would allow fowl in suburban areas of the city, at the time of the murder. The mother of the boy whose chicken was murdered was told to remove the fowl from her yard; she had hopes that the ordinance to allow the birds would soon pass, so she did not heed the warning. Berger took it upon himself to enter the backyard, where the chicken and other fowl resided, unaccompanied and unbeknownst to the bird’s owners and put the family’s loose chickens back in the coop. The bird victim was not cooperating, in which case Berger attacked the bird with a nearby shovel, clobbering and eventually beheading it.

Berger was unsympathetic when approached by the chicken’s owner, stating that he believed getting upset over a chicken is “silly.” The bird was a loved member of a family, just as a resident dog would be. The chicken obviously did not pose a threat to Berger’s life; killing it out of frustration is asinine and deserving of legal retribution. Urge Mayor Mark Olson to legally take appropriate action against Berger.


Dear Mayor Mark Olson,

An uproar about an unjustly slaughtered pet by Atwater’s Chief of Police is underway. As you know, Trevor Berger of the Atwater Police Department took it upon himself to brutally murder a family’s pet chicken in its own backyard. While this uproar seems “silly” to Berger, because the victim was “just a chicken,” this act of violence is another devastating example of unnecessary police brutality towards people and animals. If allowed to go unpunished, given current violent police trends, this chicken will be only one of many animals victimized by Atwater’s police force.

What Berger did was illegal, plain and simple. I urge you to charge this dangerous man to the fullest extent possible. You must step in and nip this problem in the bud before the situation really gets out of hand. Berger needs to be an example for his police force and suffer the consequences for his actions.


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Photo credit: Boris Bartels via Wikipedia

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  1. This guy is clearly not fit to be in any position of authority. The fact that he carries a gun should worry everyone in his community.

  2. Jessica Stovall says:

    Animal cruelty is now a felony. This officer of the law needs to be prosecuted!

  3. Brook Caillouette says:

    These stories of police unjustifiably killing peoples pets just get worse and worse! Who is this jerk to take the law into his own hands in such a way? On top of it all he was trespassing on private property too!! He is minimizing his action. Chickens can be fun, intelligent companions! I had a Rhode Island Red hen the would walk on a “leash” made of baling twine like a dog. Shame on this a-hole for his behavior! No wonder more and more people are untrusting of law enforcement. and are turning into cop haters!!

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