Cop Runs Over Dog and Kills It In Front of Its Owner



Jean Strong |

On Sunday, August 9th, Sidara D. Son watched in horror as Sgt. Chad Culbreath, 35th Precinct, Badge #3207 of the Philadelphia Police Department ran down and killed her dog Phoebe.

Culbreath was on a routine patrol through the area. Son and her friends were socializing outside her home. One of her friends was holding Phoebe by the collar.

phoebe012Sensing danger, Son and her friends tried to flag down the police car and asked him to slow down. At that moment Phoebe escaped from the person holding her and tried to run to her owner.

According to witnesses, Sgt. Culbreath sped up his car and deliberately ran Phoebe down and almost hit the person who was trying to recapture her.

Son ran to her dog and gathered her broken, bleeding body into her arms. Culbreath stopped his cruiser and got out. “It’s just a dog!” he said scornfully, as Son screamed at him, wanting to know why he did that.

He threatened to arrest her for touching her dog! He refused to let her leave to get Phoebe to the veterinarian and called for backup. Five more cars arrived and blocked off the street so nobody could get in or out.

Culbreath’s supervisor, Sgt. Morrow, was one of the back up units. He also stood by and refused to let Son take her dog to the veterinarian. Sgt. Butler of animal control was on the scene too, and she informed Son that she would take the dog to Animal Control and euthanize it.

Son kept trying to make them let her take her dog to an emergency animal clinic. Eventually they let her go, but it was too late, Phoebe died in her arms on the way.

Neither Culbreath’s supervisor Morrow, nor their superior, Derek Woods, have been able to be reached for comment. Son has demanded an investigation and has been assured that one will be carried out.

Unfortunately those of us who follow these events know all too well what outcome that will have.

We spoke with Sidara D. Son in an exclusive interview. She struggled for composure as she described the horrific scene. “I have videos of the incident and I would like it to go viral,” she said.

” I want the truth to be seen by the world of how cruel and heartless Officer Culbreath was and how the Philadelphia police handled the situation. Phoebe was not ‘just a dog’! She was my child, my precious angel, she brought so much joy to my life. I miss her so badly.”

Phoebe has a Facebook page here.

There is also a petition on the page asking for Culbreath to be terminated. Son has handled this incredibly difficult situation very well and is determined to make positive things happen from this. She has donated dozens of stuffed toys to her local animal charity in Phoebe’s memory and would like to see a law made that would hold cops accountable for killing dogs. Ms. Son has embodied grace and dignity, in direct contrast to the callous way Sgt. Culbreath and his department handled the situation.

The animal advocacy group Freeze Don’t Shoot has determined that a family dog is killed by police every 56 to 98 minutes. That does not account for the many that go unreported and unrecognized. It is a horrific epidemic filled with brutality, cruelty, cowardice and hysteria. It is unacceptable behavior from those who are supposed to be protecting us.
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Jean Strong
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Filming Cops was started in 2010 as a conglomerative blogging service documenting police abuse. The aim isn’t to demonize the natural concept of security provision as such, but to highlight specific cases of State-monopolized police brutality that are otherwise ignored by traditional media outlets.

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  • Mathieu Hubin

    This shit is why cops are going to start dropping. They have no right to act like this and when they do we, the people have EVERY right to drop them where they stand!

    • Brooke

      Is that a threat? Really how stupid are you. Every law enforcement agency needs to find out exactly who you are and where you live.

      • bigdaddy

        ^^^^^boot licker! ^^^^^

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      • Bill the eighth

        Apparently not as stupid as you are Brooke.

        • Brooke

          Shut up! You do not make threats like that over one persons decision. Plus I was not talking to F$#K HOLE!

          • Bill the eighth

            A little testy there aren’t you Brooke? Time for a Midol.

          • Brooke

            I just do not have time for anyone that can not have a discussion without making a threat. Frankly your Midol comment shows your level of education is about what 6th grade!

      • Gary Williams Jr.

        so how many asses can you actually kiss at the same time, while giving your rights away?

      • Mathieu Hubin

        Not a threat. a prediction. Look at what happened in NYC and Ferguson. That is going to start happening nationwide. People can only be pushed so far before they fight back. Believe me they WILL start fighting back.

  • Mike

    If that was my dog, I would have pulled out a pistol and shot that fucker in the head, and then said “It’s just a cop”. Someone needs to put this cop down, maybe gut him while still alive and let the rats nibble on his intestines while still alive. That would be justice!

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    So when a cop gets killed, “It’s just a cop!”

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  • Merle Scott

    Here in Plummer Idaho we have a Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy the cops just pick your dogs up and take them out and shoot them

    • Kimberley Burger

      Well then you rednecks need to stand up for your family! Kill the cop

  • Carter Slade

    when a cop gets killed whilst doing his job correctly it is a sad thing , but when a gun toting , power tripping , thug with a shiny suit gets killed , well i call that , “well you shouldnt have been doin stupid shit….. dumbass”

  • MuchoMac

    At some point we have to be able to protect ourselves from armed and dangerous psychopathic thugs.

  • Kimberley Burger

    Officer Culbreath- to you- you are just a nobody-So killing you will not make a difference to me!Hope you got fired AT THE LEAST for doing this to a family member. Just a dog-what a dumb motherfucker you are!

  • Billy Hyland

    Wow I’m as anti cop as anyone and have a rescue pit named Dallas who I love very much. That said a lot of what I read on here makes people no better than the people they profess to hate. If and that’s a big if, cops start to be held accountable most of this shit will stop. Politically we need to institute civilian oversite boards nationwide. I love my dog but if I went to jail for life or died from the cops my life would be a waste and I wouldn’t be able to rescue anymore dogs. Something to think about.

    • Phil Modelle

      I say the same thing. Threatening senseless violence against cops because of senseless violence is counterproductive. Also about oversight boards. That’s the only clear way to solve this.

  • Chuck

    This shit needs to STOP! Police need to understand they are creating a war… This IS one reason for civil unrest.

  • Casey Fournier

    i am sorry but that cop would be a dead cop if that was my fur baby


    While I am an advocate against police brutality, this story is biased and flawed. The owner was out with her dog, unleashed, at night, in an area with traffic at all hours of the day or night. The officer never threatened the pets owner, and followed police procedure which didnt allow him to assist the animal. Would she let her child in the street by him/herself? No. For reasons situations just as this. If you’re going to have pets and pretend they are your children, treat them as such, and take responsibility for your own actions (or lack there of).

    • Jo Brown

      You’ve been kissing too much cop ass! The witnesses said the cop accellerated and deliberately ran the dog down! Then he callously said to the distraught owner that “it’s just a dog”, and deliberately prevented the owner taking the injured animal to get medical care. The cop is in the wrong, not the dog’s owner!

  • ……

    I am going to bet the owner was black…..

  • monkey4171

    so the cop tries to save the woman from the charging pitbul which of course turns out to be hers and thinks it is protecting her from this “cop” that she started talking to. Now the occurance is feed for the tabloid freaks. and they just say he ran over the dog on purpose, kill all the cops. geez.