Please Demand Justice for Parrot, Dog Shot at D.C. Festival
Immediate, please sign:
Demand Justice for Dog Shot at D.C. Festival
Targeting: Jacob Kishter (Metropolitan Police Department Commander) and Cathy Lanier (Metropolitan Chief of Police)
Started by: Stephanie Feldstein
On September 12, at the Adams Morgan festival in Washington, D.C., a dog named Parrot got into an altercation with a poodle. The caretakers had broken up the fight when D.C. police arrived on the scene. According to witnesses and photographs, the officer pinned Parrot to the ground with his knee, then hurled him down a concrete stairwell, and finally pulled out his weapon and shot him.
There is no evidence that Parrot was a threat, especially since photographs showed that he was contained. Stories of police shooting dogs are in the news all too often. It is not only a cruel death for the dogs, but it is devastating for their families and dangerous for people in the vicinity of the gunshots.
The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department needs to investigate Parrot’s shooting and take appropriate action against the officer. They also need to prevent future tragic canine-police encounters by establishing non-lethal force continuums for handling animals and mandatory canine behavior training.
Demand Justice for Parrot.
Investigate Parrot’s Death, Prevent Future Dog Shootings
Dear Metropolitan Police Department,
I was shocked and saddened by the events of September 12 at the Adams Morgan festival where Officer Scott Fike shot and killed a dog named Parrot, who had already been contained.
I urge you to thoroughly investigate the shooting, not only because a firearm was unnecessarily discharged in a crowded area, but because Parrot and the people who witnessed his tragic death deserve justice. Photographs and witness accounts indicate that the dog was not a threat.
All shooting incidents involving dogs should be thoroughly investigated and all witnesses questioned. If the shooting involves contained dogs, the officers should be suspended or discharged.
In addition, I urge the Metropolitan P.D. to immediately adopt a clear force continuum for canines and mandate more training for all officers in canine behavior.
Because of this incident, the community has lost trust in your agency. I hope you will change your policies to prevent future tragedies like Parrot’s death and once again instill trust in the police department.
Thank you for your consideration in this matter.