A German shepherd named "Taz" was repeatedly shot and killed on Thursday evening by an officer of the St. Petersburg Police Department in Pinellas County, Fla. during a trespassing arrest of Kenneth McNeal reported wfla.com.
The incident happened on 4th St. North and 2nd Ave. North while McNeal walked the dog on a leash through Williams Park. The department said McNeal "was known to have been trespassed from the park".
McNeal allegedly ignored the police officers' warnings to stop, and as McNeal was being detained, the dog's leash was released.
That is the end of where either party agrees with the events that followed.
According to MyFoxTampaBay, a witness stated once McNeal let go of the leash, he (the witness) grabbed the dog's leash and the police officer aimed at the dog's abdomen and shot the animal multiple times. The witness also stated the dog was an extremely gentle animal and was known through the area as a great dog. The witness claims to have videoed the entire scene and had then given the phone to one of the officers.
The St. Pete Police Department, however disagrees with the witness account and stated they ordered McNeal to get control of his dog. Authorities say the dog acted aggressively towards the officer and claim McNeal told the dog to attack as an "intentional act." The officer stated there was no cell phone.
McNeil has been charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest without violence, violating a trespass warning, and possession of marijuana, but that might be upgraded to felony resisting with violence.
Neither of the two police officers were hurt nor was McNeal.
Internal affairs is investigating the dog's shooting.
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