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Posted at 2:51 PM ET, 09/12/2010

Police kill dog at Adams Morgan festival

By Washington Post Editors

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; 2:51 PM ET
 
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Lots of alleged eyewitness reports being posted in the comments section at DCist:

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

I understand we don't have the full story yet but it's sounding really, REALLY bad for the cops right now. The DC police had better be quickly forthcoming with either a convincing and documented alternate version of events, or swift punitive action taken against the officer. You don't go firing guns in the streets unless human life is imminently at risk, and you do NOT go summarily executing people's dogs without going through the proper procedure for determination of dangerous animal status.

If the witness accounts are true, this is even worse than the recent husky shooting in Severn by an off-duty Army cop. That was inexcusable trigger-happiness; this is sounding like inexcusable *on-duty* trigger-happiness. I don't want so-called law enforcement officials like that on my streets...

Posted by: jiji1 | September 12, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

The dog was a threat. The police twice asked the dog to raise its paws which it didn't. Then it raised one of its hind legs like it was going for a gun and the police were force to act. One more thug dog off the streets.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | September 12, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

It is my understanding from the internet that the dog bit someone and was in danger of running away, which would have prevented a test for rabies. In this case, the shooting to immobilize the carcass is probably appropriate.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | September 12, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

This is the kind of incident that Vincent Gray will sweep under the carpet just like his mentor Barry did for years.

Posted by: bbcrock | September 12, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Heck, If they wanted to do some shotting they should have gone to the Tea Party rally. Plenty of rabid, racist, out-of-control, dangerous dogs over there!

Posted by: ceefer66 | September 12, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Thugs. Can't wait to get out of here. DC area is an awful place to live.

Posted by: faygokid | September 12, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

@faygokid Seriously - this whole area is saturated with massive, ignorant a-holes. The reported eye witness accounts on DCist.com are deeply disturbing if corroborated.

Posted by: surly4130 | September 12, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Pigs like this should leave DC. But I'd bet a fortune that he doesn't live here.

Posted by: johng1 | September 12, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

jiji1 is exactly right: DCist has all the details and eyewitness accounts. http://dcist.com/2010/09/police_shooting_at_adams_morgan_day.php

Being a Sunday, the Post probably only had two beat reporters on duty, and they were both covering the conservative old white people rally on the Mall.

Kind of funny that the "hyper-local" TBD with its extensive network of bloggers has nada. Even less than the Post.

Posted by: 20009matt | September 12, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I have a very small penis so I compensate this unfortunate situation by walking a large savage breed dog among thousands of festival goers at the Adams Morgan Day festival and hope to god no one gets mauled.

Posted by: TonLoc1 | September 12, 2010 7:29 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 7:29 PM | Report abuse

TonLoc1: I realize that I shouldn't feed the trolls, but I just cannot let your comment go. Do you even know what pitbulls look like? Most are medium in size (45-55 lbs), and are hardly "savage" unless trained to be that way.

I am the responsible owner of two 45lb pit bull/am staff mixes. They are stable, well-adjusted dogs around all people, esp. children, as well as other dogs. Both play well at dog parks and at their doggie day care, and tend to shy away from other dogs who are aggressive to them. A lot of dog owners, esp owners of little dogs, think its harmless or cute when their little lap dog acts aggressively. Those dogs often get a "pass" when they misbehave. I have no doubt that if my dogs did the same, they would be labeled as "vicious" pitbulls; indeed, they would most likely be blamed for another dog's bad behavior, even if they weren't the aggressor.

Most of this country is ignorant about the breed, so I am not looking to change anybody's mind. But as a responsible owner, I feel the need to speak up because the ignorance and prejudice against this wonderful breed is truly astonishing.

Posted by: hikaya | September 12, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I am reposting this from the dcist.com. I want someone who writes for the post to see this:

I took maybe a minute before he preceded to pick up the dog, throw it down the stairs and shoot it.
It was by far the most disturbing thing I have ever seen in my life.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q80/The_Moth/DSC_3074.jpg

Posted by: JEinDC | September 12, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Was it McGruff the Crime Dog?

Posted by: fleeciewool | September 12, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Dogs are pooping, barking nuisances. Why the hell are they allowed in street festivals where people eat?

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | September 12, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I witnessed the entire incident, I was walking my dog at the time. It was horrific. Two policemen restrained the dog with a knee against the dogs throat, while another two policemen held down a guy on the ground who I presume was the dogs owner. One policeman then picks up the dog and threw it into a cellar from a business behind them, got his gun out and shot it. At this point, I could not believe what I was seeing and I challenged the policeman for an explanation and at that point he turned to me with his gun and asked me to back away. Being pregnant myself and owning a dog, I was even more horrified that the incident was handled in this way. Another small dog had been bitten so I understand that the police had to restrain the dog, but shoot it surrounded by 100's of people? Perhaps its time for them to spend time on fighting real crimes? Meanwhile the poor woman with the bitten dog was left completely alone with no help on what to do. The police obviously were feeling a little gun happy. I am horried that I live in this neighborhood and hope that the policemen in question are dealt with in the appropriate fashion. If the dog had rabies, I would understand, but how would they know?

Posted by: kroberts2 | September 12, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Yes, kroberts, the cops should have just let the dog run wild through the crowd at the festival. "If the dog had rabies, I would understand, but how would they know?" Do you even know how stupid your comment is?

Posted by: TonLoc1 | September 12, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Fenty just lost the election today.

If the MPD treats a dog like that, what hope is there for actual human beings?

Vote for Gray. Out with Rhee. Out with Lanier.

Posted by: bs2004 | September 12, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Heck, If they wanted to do some shotting they should have gone to the Tea Party rally. Plenty of rabid, racist, out-of-control, dangerous dogs over there!
________________________
WHAT?

You're a moron!

Posted by: getagrip5 | September 12, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I didn't see the entire thing, but what I saw was pretty horrifying. The pitbull was attacking the poodle, and had it by its throat thrashing it around. I had to stop watching at that point, because the noises and scene were very upsetting. About 30 seconds later, I heard one shot. The dog was certainly violent, and since there were so many people/children around, I think the officer felt that his actions were necessary.

Posted by: sj3764 | September 12, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

More from DCist: http://dcist.com/2010/09/spokesperson_officer_knocked_owner.php#comments

Posted by: 20009matt | September 12, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Well, it seems the officer did his job, based on the legitimate eyewitness accounts.

As an 11-yr-old, I was attacked by an unleashed German Shepherd. I have a bad scar on my right calf. I am so lucky she didn't go for my face. I have had a lot of dog-owner-nutters ask what I did to 'antagonize the dog' JFC.

I was on my property, calling my dog, a male. As soon as he was distracted, she attacked.

Dogs should be leashed, always. Period.

Posted by: chunche | September 12, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

If the police shot the dog it needed it. Dogs are property, not equal to humans. If a dog is a threat it needs to be destroyed before it hurts people.

Posted by: MEG4 | September 12, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

I've now read the eyewitness accounts in full on dcist.com and I take back what I said, except that dogs MUST be leashed at all times. For their protection as well as all others.

Poor Parrot. RIP.

Posted by: chunche | September 12, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

"If the police shot the dog it needed it."

Because the police can never, ever do any wrong, huh? Were you born missing the part of your brain responsible for critical thinking, or did you have an accident later in life?

Posted by: jiji1 | September 13, 2010 1:01 AM | Report abuse

"was in danger of running away, which would have prevented a test for rabies"

Hey genius. "Rabies testing" requires a sample of brain tissue. You're not testing anyone or anything for rabies unless it's dead. I know the cops around DC seem to do an awful lot of extracurricular dog killing, but it doesn't seem like they do quite *enough* dog killing to enact some kind of routine "rabies testing" program like you're implying exists.

Posted by: jiji1 | September 13, 2010 1:06 AM | Report abuse

From a photo of the incident and eye witness reports, the dog in question was immobilized. He should have been leashed, if not already, and returned to the control of his handler until animal control could arrive and the nature of the incident determined.

I would hate to be summarily executed because the situation was misinterpreted and before all witnesses could be questioned.

Multiple eye witness reports tell different stories - which is typical.

One item that does seem to be fairly common among witness reports is that the pit mix was pinned, thrown down the stairs then shot by police without much thought, care or concern for proper procedure.

As a dog owner, I can say with certainty that 2 'friendly' dogs can take an instant dislike to each other and fight with little or no provocation. Our German shepherd cuddles kittens, happily plays with young children and most other dogs and is generally pretty easy going, but, on rare occaisions and for little or no reason, can become unglued with a strange dog. There is no telling when or why, which is why she is always leashed in public and goes to few public events. Other dogs have behaved the same towards her.

Does this mean she should be executed without question? I don't think so.

Dogs fight. So do people, cats, horses, goats, sheep...... Several comments suggest that the police should be allowed to step into a fight, make a snap decision and dole out punishment however they see fit.

Because the victim of this miscarriage of justice was a dog makes it all okay? I don't think so.

Posted by: LilaM | September 14, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

From the first-hand pictures it is clear that this hapless young dog didn't stand a chance. How in heaven's name was the poor thing going to escape, or do any damage, with a muscular police officer kneeling on its back. Wowee Cowboy in blue, having wrassled that little ole doggie to the ground you had no other choice than to shoot it dead did you??? This reminds me of an incident (last year?) when police killed two labrador retrievers, after they burst into a home on the mistaken assumption the owners' were drug dealers. In this latest incident the police concerned are already circling the wagons, as challenges are made to the "overkill" action that was taken. I'd be interested to hear the results of any autopsy report, if one is done on the dog. So sad and unnecessary, it has to have been a traumatizing episode for anyone with children to witness, and I feel so sorry for the dog's foster owner.

Posted by: busybee31 | September 14, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

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