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Police shoot dog during Adams Morgan festival

D.C. police shot and killed a dog in the middle of 18th Street in Adams Morgan, D.C. police have confirmed. The shooting occurred during Adams Morgan Day, an annual festival.

The circumstances of the shooting remain unclear, but the dog was shot and killed in the 2300 block of 18th Street around 1:40 p.m., D.C. police said. D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray were expected to make campaign appearances at the event ahead of Tuesday's Democratic primary in the D.C. mayor's race. Updates will be provided as they become available.

--Matt Zapotosky

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 12, 2010; 2:17 PM ET
 
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It's almost like cops in Washington are aiming for dogs anymore.

Posted by: sarahabc | September 12, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Give the cops a break! The dog was not invited.

Posted by: kinkysr | September 12, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Unless they're starting to put stairs in the middle of the street, I don't think this incident occurred "in the middle of 18th Street." All reports (except yours, of course) indicate the dog was taken by an MPD officer into a basement stairwell, where the officer fired a shot. Be nice if you could get your basic facts straight, two hours after the incident. (And they wonder why the Washington Post is losing any credibility ...)

Posted by: mediawatcher | September 12, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

nice to see Fenty's Stasi stormtroopers enforcing their peace. All is well in the little socialist republic.

I'm curious what Fenty and Gray were planning. Throwing money and welfare checks to the crowd? Seizing anything with a sharp point? Issuing a decree that "blacks" will no longer be said, that the new term is "urbanite?"

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | September 12, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Aaaaaaaand this is the final straw for Fenty. If the MPD can't treat a dog with decency, what hope is there for the citizens of D.C.??????

Posted by: bs2004 | September 12, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Discharging a firearm in a crowded neighborhood?

When the police put innocent bystanders at risk of getting hit by stray bullets, they'd better have a VERY good reason.

Posted by: kcx7 | September 12, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Shooting the dog appears to have become one more weapon in the police's arsenal of things that they believe serve to enhance their authority.

Posted by: Three3 | September 12, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

The negative comments are misplaced! The dog had attacked, severly injured a smaller dog, then turned on its owner/handler who received several bites to his hands and wrists when the officer tried to intervene. The officer, a K9 handler himself, attempted to first restrain the dog by hand then with its collar before he was bitten himself. He then threw the dog down a stairwell below street level to contain the dog. When the dog came aggressively charging up the stairs, the officer fired one shot putting the dog down. At no time were citizens in any danger. You people should really get your facts straight before passing judgement!!

Posted by: dyson109 | September 12, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't there, but there are some very disturbing eyewitness accounts over on dcist.com which point to a disproportionate response by the police. By all accounts, the dog was under control by the time the officer grabbed it by the neck, threw it over a railing down a stairwell, and shot it as it struggled to get to its feet.

Apparently, the animal was at Adams Morgan Day for an adoption event.

Makes me sick to my stomach. A number of the witnesses are filing complaints with MPD, for all the good that will do.

Posted by: dcnative71 | September 12, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Where the truth lies no one knows. This report is what one would expect from an elementary school news brief, but as incendiary as some nut yelling "fire" in a crowded theater.

Posted by: hock1 | September 12, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

My penis is very small so I make up for this unfortunate situation by walking a vicious pit bull breed dog through thousands of people at the Adams Morgan Day festival and hope to go no one gets hurt.

Posted by: TonLoc1 | September 12, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q80/The_Moth/DSC_3074.jpg

Is this the guy who murdered the dog?

Posted by: johng1 | September 12, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Not my picture, but a picture before the dog was shot.

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q80/The_Moth/DSC_3074.jpg

Lots of eye witness accounts here:

http://mobile.dcist.com/2010/09/police_shooting_at_adams_morgan_day.php

Posted by: turkeysquat | September 12, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I was there. And yes, the police officer threw the dog down the stairwell, and then aimed and shot. The dog slightly injured the other dog's leg. the other dog was carried away by its owner (a woman), with a small wound on the leg. At no time was the living dog rushed to a vet, bandaged up, or cleaned. It was not severely injured. The owner of the pit bull (ah, yes. a pit bull. Had this been a different dog, the officer likely wouldn't have shot it) had control of the dog. Then, the officer came in, threw it down the stairs (which makes you wonder how vicious the dog was, since it obviously allowed the officer to pick it up and move towards the stairs with it and throw it down there), aimed and shot. In front of small children. Kids and families were crying everywhere. There was time to restrain the dog. There was also time to use a taser if necessary. However, the officer decided to shoot the dog. The officer carried his gun proudly after and walked all around the scene. Normally, when an officer shoots and the scene is under investigation, the officer is stripped of the weapon until the investigation closes. Another reason why Metro PD is not following procedure. This is utterly ridiculous. With the mayor's race coming up, I urge anyone with any sense of dignity to write the current Mayor, press, and repost this article, telling them that the officer's response of "discharging of an animal doesn't require a formal investigation" is absurd. Also, Fenty's campaign people were surrounding there, and laughing...LAUGHING....as this was going on. Makes me rethink voting for that guy again.

Posted by: ConcernedCitizen63 | September 12, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I've heard reports that Vincent Price Gray was laughing too!

Posted by: johng1 | September 12, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps this officer is moonlighting from the PG County's elite Dog Killing Squad...?

Posted by: Apostrophe | September 12, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Can't comment on whether the officer's actions were appropriate but I'm always amazed when people take their dogs to crowded events like this. I feel bad for the dog, which was probably excited and overstimulated by all the people, noise, smells, and other dogs.

Posted by: MrDarwin | September 13, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

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