A Dekalb County, Georgia sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a dog during an arrest. The story that was given by the officer and what is shown in a cellphone video that captured the altercation don’t line up, though.
In the video below, you can see the deputies attempting to arrest Robert Brown, for charges of felony aggravated assault and weapons, when he comes out of his Stone Mountain home.His pit bull also runs out of the house and charges a deputy and his K9. Then shots ring out, and the dog was killed.
In a statement, a spokesperson said, “Mr. Brown released two pit bulls – one of which attacked a deputy and his K9 deputy partner.” She also said the dog was shot in trying to restrain him.
CBS46 wanted to find out more, so we took it to CBS46 law enforcement analyst Vincent Hill.
“What I see in this video is that Mr. Brown has his hands up, so I don’t see how you can release a dog if you didn’t have the dog in your possession,” said Hill.
We took it a step further and took it to civil rights attorney Gerald Griggs.
“I saw a dog come out of the residence. I saw the suspect with his hands up, so I don’t know how he could have released it,” said Griggs.
When CBS46 asked the sheriff’s department spokesperson to explain the statement, she said that information can’t be released until an internal review is complete.
In the meantime, CBS46 filed a request with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department to get their procedures on killing animals. It says the action is justified for self-defense, to prevent injury to an officer and relief from suffering.
In this case, a DeKalb County sheriff’s spokesperson said an officer and police K9 were attacked.
“You have a dog that was going towards another dog and a law enforcement officer in an aggressive manner, so I can see how they could articulate that they’re being attacked,” said Hill.
Hill said it’s all about the immediate threat. Griggs says it’ll com down to whether an officer gave the order to let the dog go.
Griggs stated, “You can’t cause a situation to happen and then claim self-defense.”
I would not be surprised if this turns into a full investigation.