Detroit Police Sued Again For Shooting Dogs During a Marijuana Raid

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Two Detroit residents filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Detroit Police Department Wednesday, alleging that several police officers needlessly and maliciously shot their three dogs during a marijuana raid.

Kenneth Savage and Ashley Franklin say that on July 22, 2016, Detroit police raided their house and found the dogs in a back yard bounded by an eight-foot-tall fence. The officers refused to let Savage and Franklin retrieve the dogs and, instead, shot them.

The reason? Officers found several potted marijuana plants in the backyard Savage and Franklin contend were there legally.

The suit is now the third active civil rights action against the Detroit Police Department for killing dogs during marijuana raids. A Reason investigation last year found that the Detroit Police Department’s Major Violators Unit, which conducts hundreds of drug raids a year in the city, had a nasty habit of leaving dead dogs in its wake. One officer had killed 69 dogs over the course of his career, public records obtained by Reason showed.

According to a search warrant affidavit, a Detroit police officer, while investigating an unrelated matter, observed several marijuana plants outdoors at the home of Savage, Franklin, and their son.

Two days later, eight Detroit police officers arrived at the house. Police were aware Savage and Franklin had a permit to grow medical marijuana, but the plants were in violation because they were visible outside, the search warrant affidavit said.

When Franklin showed police her marijuana paperwork and demanded to see a search warrant, an officer responded, “If you keep asking for a warrant, we are gonna kill those dogs and call child protective services to pick up your kid,” the lawsuit says.

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  • Not pro Israel

    Anybody who kills anything because somebody has a plant in their house deserves to be taken outside in front of a group of whoever’s around strip down naked tied to a f****** pole and beaten to death. End of story. It has to stop.

  • Angry Wrarrl

    Whoever the pig is that has killed dozens of dogs needs to be publically shamed and then hung… These tyrant pigs need to be put down.

  • SFCRetired

    I keep getting the very uncomfortable feeling that we have police officers who are, at best, sociopaths and, at worst, psychopathic murderers. Something has got to give or it will not be long before that non-existent “War on Police” becomes a stark reality. My hope is that something gives.