The Facebook video is highly disturbing. It shows a Minneapolis police officer intentionally shooting two dogs in a yard, and neither appear to be charging the cop.
The owner of the two dogs, Jennifer LeMay, is facing thousands of dollars in bills for vet care and surgery because of the gunshot wounds to her pets. Obviously distraught, LeMay uploaded a security video of her beloved dogs being systematically shot by a Minneapolis police officer. Neither dog looked to be a threat to the cop. Instead, they appeared to wagging their tails and greeting the Minneapolis police officer – who was in the dogs’ yard.
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On the video, a uniformed Minneapolis police officer is clearly seen in the fenced backyard of a home in north Minneapolis. The police department’s statement said what the cop was in LeMay’s yard because he was responding to an “audible residential burglary alarm;” which had been canceled according to The New York Daily News. The police also stated that the investigation is “ongoing.” The two dogs come out to see what was going on and the security camera clearly picks up the officer shooting one non-threatening dog, then the other.
The family didn’t instantly take the dogs to the emergency vet because police told the family that “animal control” would be there in minutes to access the dogs’ medical needs. But no one showed up to help the shot animals, LeMay said.
As of Sunday afternoon, both dogs were alive but their owner still wants answers. LeMay and her four children own the dogs, named Ciroc and Rocko. Both are Staffordshire Terriers that the family has had since they were puppies. The dogs are physician-prescribed emotional support animals for LeMay’s two sons, who suffer from severe anxiety. According to their owner, Ciroc helps maintain emotional regulation and alleviate anxiety while Rocco is trained to identify seizures for LeMay’s children. “I told the sergeant I would’ve rather he shoot me than my dogs,” LeMay said Sunday. “These just aren’t our dogs, they’re family members.”
Police spokesman Corey Schmidt sent a one-paragraph statement about the incident:
“We are aware of the recent incident involving MPD officers responding to an audible residential burglary alarm and while at this call an MPD officer discharged their firearm, striking two dogs belonging to the homeowner. Anytime an officer discharges their firearm in the line of duty there is an investigation. We are in the process of reviewing the video posted online, as well as the officer’s body camera video.”
But that uncaring and lazy statement didn’t keep both dogs from needing extensive veterinary care.
LeMay is hoping her dogs recover both physically and mentally. Although the pain will eventually subside, the dogs may forever be traumatized by the bullet wounds they received, and may never be the same.
It’s past time to giving cops the benefit of the doubt simply because they wear a badge. Our thoughts go out to Jennifer LeMay and the animals who suffered at that hands of a police officer “just doing his job.”