Please fire the officers who killed Boogie and (re)train the other members of the department on the proper use of deadly force.
At 7:00 pm on May 2, 2012, a beautiful 4–5-month-old pit bull mix puppy named Boogie was gunned down by the Birmingham, Alabama, Police Department. He was a loving, sweet boy who had a good family and had overcome a canine parvovirus infection, which is typically fatal.
Officers shot Boogie SIX times in his back and legs and then killed him with a final shot to the head. They claimed the puppy was charging and threatening the officers; however, the fact that he was shot in the back and legs first belies this claim. Even more distressing, Boogie was left in a pool of blood at his own gate for his owner to find.
This innocent dog’s life was stolen because he was a “pit bull-type dog.” We want justice for Boogie in the form of dismissal of the officers involved. Taking seven shots at a puppy is beyond excessive, and officers that quick to fire are a danger to the community. In addition, we want new training procedures put in place to give officers guidelines on the judicious use of firearms and on dealing with animals in a non-lethal manner whenever possible.
Please help Boogie get justice he deserves.
- Chief Roper of Birmingham Al, PD
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Fire the officers who killed Boogie & see below.
On 5/2/12, at 7:00 pm, Boogie a beautiful pit mix baby, only 4-5 months old, was gunned down by the BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA POLICE DEPARTMENT. He was a loving sweet boy, had a good family and had beaten parvo (a commonly fatal puppy illness),
They shot Boogie SIX times in my back and legs, and finished him off with a shot to the head. They claimed he was charging at the officers, yet was shot in the back and legs first. The cops claimed this puppy threatened their lives,the worst part,he was left in a pool of blood at his own gate!! An innocent life was stolen because of the way he looks and no doubt his breed. We want justice for boogie and want NEW training put in place so police can deal with pets in a non lethal way.
Please help boogie get justice he deserves.
We want the men responsible fired, and we want officers to be trained in non lethal force for pets.
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