Police Union Calls Criminal Charge in Dog Shooting ‘Outrageous’

January 16, 2013 8:07 PM

Police Union Calls Criminal Charge in Dog Shooting ‘Outrageous’
" COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (CBS4) – Colorado’s largest police organization, the Fraternal Order of Police, is calling a criminal charge against a Commerce City police officer who shot and killed a dog “outrageous” and the result “of a sensationalized media event.”

Commerce City Police Officer Robert Price shot and killed the dog, Chloe, on Nov. 24 after police received a call of a loose dog.

The incident was videotaped by a neighbor with a cellphone and went viral. Animal activists were furious at the shooting feeling it was unjustified and unnecessary. A month after the shooting, the Adams County District Attorney’s Office announced that Price was being charged with one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony.

Now, CBS4 has obtained a Jan. 14 letter sent by Michael Violette, the Executive Director of the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police, to all Colorado FOP members. In the letter, Violette defends Price’s actions, saying the officer is being “vilified by an uninformed public.”

Video shot by Kenny Collins shows police shooting the dog. (credit: CBS)

“It is our opinion these officers did nothing wrong and are unfortunate victims of a sensationalized media event,” Violette wrote "

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