Police Killed Dog for No Reason, Lied About Fake “Perpetrator”: Lawsuit

Kevin Lessmiller | Courthouse News Service.

A Chicago family claims in court that a police officer fatally shot their dog for no reason and then blamed it on a fictitious perpetrator.

Terry and Atara Taylor say Chicago police officer Mark Rodriguez unlawfully entered their backyard at 7a.m. on Aug. 18, 2014, and shot their dog six times, killing it.

According to a lawsuit they filed Wednesday in Northern Illinois Federal Court, the Taylors didn’t know what happened when they were awakened by the gunshots, but they saw Rodriguez outside walking toward his squad car.





“Terry Taylor opened the front door and asked defendant Rodriguez if he was okay and what had happened…Defendant Rodriguez ignored him and kept walking towards the front yard,” the complaint states. “At that moment Terry Taylor observed his family dog—a nine-year old Italian Mastiff Cane Corso—lying on the ground and bleeding out.”

Taylor asked Rodriguez why he shot the dog, and Rodriguez allegedly replied, “I didn’t shoot your damn dog, the perpetrator shot your dog.”


“There was never any so called perpetrator apprehended in the residence of Terry Taylor at any time before, during, or after the shooting of the plaintiffs’ family dog,” the lawsuit states. “Prior to Terry Taylor’s discovery of defendant Rodriguez on his private residence, numerous neighbors had witnessed the shooting of the plaintiffs’ dog.”

At least two neighbors said Rodriguez shot the dog three times, and then fired three more shots while the dog was “whining in pain and suffering and gasping for breath,” according to the 10-page complaint.





The Taylors say they have been “traumatized and devastated by the loss of their beloved family dog and the entire family is suffering from the emotional and mental anguish of his death.”

They seek punitive damages, and are represented by Nnanenyem Uche in Chicago.

The Chicago Police Department said it cannot comment on pending litigation.

Published by Courthouse News Service.

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  • Mike

    I hope and pray that someone kills this fucking coward piece of shit cop, for he truly deserves to die!!!

  • LawrenceNeal

    There’s no ‘retraining’ psychopaths. Fire them all, top to bottom, and hire private security with accountability and insurance.

    • john e casche

      retraining should be a mild way of saying EXTERMINATE.

      • LawrenceNeal

        No, we can’t exterminate them, but we can try to disarm and disband them.

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  • da

    does postal workers have better training then cops ? i never heard of postman killing a dog

    • Natural_Texan

      I had to (sharply) correct a Postal worker once for spraying mace on my dog (behind a sturdy fence). She loved to confront him on his rounds! but she was never a bad dog and was just having fun. He, on his part knew what was coming if he short-cut my yard by the gate. It was deliberate, a set up. Afterwards the dog may well have been made to hate Postal workers..

      Postal workers around here are almost always polite and courteous and observant of pets and privacy.. that one guy? except for his physical limitations (grossly overweight) he would fit in the ranks of the Cops..

      But even the physical fitness restrictions for armed officers have been lifted or watered down from what I see waddling in and out of patrol cars in our areas.

  • Death2killerpigs

    Fucking kill this lowlife scumbag coward. Death is too good for him. Good thing he doesnt live near me or he would be walking around with a target on his back…for a little while anyway.

  • Da_Boss

    But didn’t the commander check his gun to see if it was discharge that night or day in question?

  • Ian Shannon-Garvey

    Yet this man gets 34 years for killing a police dog. and there is NO justice for the constant pet killings cops commit on a daily basis.

    http://www.kmov.com/story/32833333/man-who-killed-canton-k-9-jethro-sentenced-to-45-total-years

    • Natural_Texan

      Right.. anything or anyone given ‘official’ status is elevated, more precious, more protected than just an average American.. even an animal.

  • WhitepolioceCIArapebabybOys

    Why do PEDERAST child raping police their govt,founding fathers, round eye polio race make techno diarrhea sounds EVERYTIME I tell them us, eu, un are war criminal terrorists along with international community trying DESPERATLY to be seamen worshippers???

    Work polio nigger diarrhea pathogen need to nigger nigger hOle nOW!!!

    Us,eu,un have no nobility but want everything from nobles that defeat usefulness after us, eu, un kill our “tribal” women,children and unarmed innocents

    • LawrenceNeal

      I wish I was this articulate…

      • Bejezus

        Lol

  • LawrenceNeal

    The SA are a gang of murderous psychopaths. Nothing they do should surprise. Daily reports of child molestation, rape, beatings, tasings, shootings of unarmed people, and lying about all of it. Scum of the Earth.

  • michael92064

    There is no media on this case. Seems easy to prove

  • Natural_Texan

    Here’s the second crime; “The Chicago Police Department said it cannot comment on pending litigation.” When all else fails the Cops rely on inside rules to stymie public knowledge. There’s no Law saying they ‘cannot comment’.. they can comment. They just have nothing to say that won’t further incriminate this psychopathic, dog-killing Cop.

    Why do Cops kill dogs? Dogs don’t automatically recognize the Cop’s (assumed) authority.. why are so many people killed by Cops that otherwise could have been restrained or talked down.. or in situations where the Cops are challenged or ignored.. Same reason.. Cops will be instantly obeyed or they react violently.. It’s personality? or training? Either way it has to stop.

  • Elleon35

    If that was my dog I’d blow his brains

  • DAngelo136

    “But…but, Black on Black crime”. The convenient and most flexible tool of the police race soldiers and their sychophants.

  • richardruscoe

    This is how our elite want them. It’s the training, and belief, our political leaders have all made clear. They wont be held accountable. I believe they will.

  • Bill O’Kelly Jr.

    I hope someone returns the favor to this cop.

  • Hearseman

    They should be allowed to shoot the cop!

  • roger york

    if they shot your dog in you yard, them what ever happens to them they deserve and i would shoot there ass !! BUT WHAT I DO NOT UNDERSTAND IS WHY DO PEOPLE HAVE GATES THAT ARE NOT LOCKED !! WHERE A PIG CAN NOT COME IN YOUR YARD, ???? DO NOT LET THEM IN YOUR YARD, SAY YOU DO NOT HAVE THE KEY, IF THEY COME TO THE DOOR MAKE SURE THE DOG IN AN ANOTHER ROOM,. YOU HAVE TO PROTECT YOUR DOG UNTIL WE CAN GET RID OF THESE HITLER COPS , !!!! WE NEED SECURITY FIRM, THAT ONLY ANSWERS TO THE PEOPLE AND IF THEY HURT SOME ONE THEY HAVE TO PAY OUT OF THERE MONEY !!! I HATE COPS, THEY KILLED MY FATHER AND BRAGGED ABOUT IT , HE DID NOT OWN A GUN , WAS REACHING FOR A RAG IN HIS POCKET, !!!!! ,COPS THEY ARE THE SCUM OF THE EARTH !!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAVE YOU SEEN THEM IN FILMS WHERE IF THEY GET SHOT AT THEY SCREAM LIKE BABIES !!!! I WAS IN VIETNAM I COUL DNOT JUST KILL ANY ONE I WANTED TO , I FEARED FOR MY LIFE, SO WHY WOULD THE MILITARY REALLY PUNISH ME IF I HAD , BUT THEY USE THIS AND JURYS HAVE LET THEM OFF, IF YOUR ON A JURY WITH A COP, YOU SHOULD LOOK AT HIM THE SAME AS A REGULAR PERSON HE IS SCUM OF THE EARTH !!!!!!!!!