FRANKFORD COUNTY- Stacy fields and her family had to bring in the New Year by witnessing their dog Kincaid being shot 3 times by a Baltimore police officer.
According to the police report, the Baltimore police were called out New Year’s Day on a report of a domestic dispute involving Tavon Green, 31, and his former girlfriend. Green told police that his former girlfriend was "disrespecting him" and had told him to leave the home.
After a verbal spats with police, a detective told Green he was under arrest, prompting Green to jump a chain-link fence of a neighbor’s home. Police followed Green and found him hiding on the home's rear basement steps.
One of the officers drew his gun.
At that time, a dog came out of the home and charged at the police officer. The officer shot and killed the dog, then took Green into custody after a brief struggle.
Police said the shooting was justified.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi stated "If the dog was aggressive towards the officers or threatened the officers or anyone else, we have the legal right to protect the officer or anyone else and make the situation as safe as possible."
Fields (Kincaid’s owner) disputes the police account and has stated “the officer used unneeded force.” “Kincaid had just turned 3-years-old and only barked at the officer; he didn't charge.”
Fields stepfather, who followed Kincaid out of the home, was about to grab his harness when the officer fired six shots, hitting Kincaid three times, twice in the head and once in his body.
"He very well could have shot my stepfather," Fields stated.
Fields has called on police to apologize but has not received any response to her inquiries.
Fields has started a Facebook page entitled, "Kincaid killed by the Baltimore city police." The page that was started one day after his shooting, now has over 5000 fans. A petition that was started at the same time is entitled, “Justice for Kincaid – shot and killed by Baltimore police,” it has over 8200 signatures.
The police are no longer using safe public protocol when discharging their weapons when confronted by a dog. Janneth Sanchez who is 7 months pregnant had her dog Chino by the hips when a CMPD officer opened fire killing him and injuring her other dog Ivy. A Brooklyn man and his dog were both shot while police were chasing a suspected drug dealer. An Oregon man was shot in the foot while a police officer was shooting at a dog. A Topeka Kansas police officer endangered the life of children and adults when he opened fire on a friendly dog named Dallas. This list is growing larger every day.
Fields stepfather has now witnessed the recklessness the police officers pose with their shoot-first-ask-questions-later attitudes, and Kincaid is just another innocent statistic in the death toll that is growing larger every day by untrained police officers encountering dogs in public.
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