Tuesday, November 26, 2013

2013 Animal Law Conference | The Police Shot My Dog

Published on Nov 18, 2013

There is an increased concern and awareness about the encounters law enforcement agents have with dogs that result in officers shooting and fatally wounding the dog.

Dog owners have recently been successful in landmark cases and have been awarded substantial monetary damages based on federal civil rights violations. Police officers may also be facing criminal sanctions. Law enforcement authorities recognize that they need to provide training and strategic plans for their officers regarding dog encounters. They need to become educated about the alternatives to the use of lethal force.This involves both education and accountability.

This panel discussed the legal precedents and the training and directives evolving within the law enforcement community.

Scott Sargent, Captain II, Use of Force Division, The Los Angeles Police Department
Karen Snell, Civil Rights attorney
Moderator: Diane Balkin, contract attorney, Criminal Justice Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Presented by the Center for Animal Law Studies and ALDF.


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