This Man is Suing for $2 Million After Police Gunned Down His Dog for No Reason


After more than a year of pleading with Salt Lake City authorities, Sean Kendall has decided it is time to file a $2 million lawsuit.

He says there is no looking back any more and he won’t settle until the mayor agrees to introduce solid changes in police policy, especially in the way that they deal with animals.

Why is he suing?

In June 2014 a child in Kendall’s neighborhood was reported missing, Salt Lake City police Officer Brett Olsen responded to the call along with other officers.

After looking through his home for the missing youngster, the cops decided it was time to extend the search to other properties in the area.

This is when Olsen climbed on to Kendall’s property and went into his backyard.

The owner was not at home and his dog Geist jumped in front of the officer, which surprised him.

Within seconds Olsen pulled out his gun and shot the canine. He later stated that he felt threatened by the dog.
Kendall says he only found out about the tragedy one hour later after an animal control officer caught him.

It is noteworthy that the child police were looking for, and whose house they had already searched, was found sleeping in the basement of his own home.

A legal course of action
Ross Anderson is Kendall’s attorney.

He says the officer had no right to enter the property, whether it was the front door or the backyard Olsen should have never been there in the first place.

“These officers weren’t trained, their policies were wrong and after all this time, it remains unremedied,” said Anderson.

Kendall says he tried endlessly for changes in policy and the court case is a desperate alternative for him.
“This lawsuit is an absolute last resort,” he commented.

He adds that his constitutional rights the violated and dropping the case would be like giving the authorities his blessing to illegally walk into his yard and kill his pet.

“I can’t live with that,” said Kendall.

He also believes that a monetary compensation cannot make up for his loss, but the $ 2 million lawsuit will get attention from the authorities.

“For the 2 ½ years that I had him, he [Geist] was my best friend.”

Watch the video below:

If you haven't already, be sure to like our Filming Cops Page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Please visit our sister site Smokers ONLY

Sign Up To Receive Your Free E-Book
‘Advanced Strategies On Filming Police’

About author

Filming Cops
Filming Cops 4462 posts

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.

You might also like

  • Ablinken

    Scrutinizing cops is resulting in hesitation by the police to confront suspects and pursuing people who may pose a threat to the safety of the public. Be careful for what you ask for. You may just get it. Crime rates will rise and next the public will be complaining about that. Police policy has been developed from nearly every actual experience that police have encountered throughout many centuries of dealing with suspected criminals.

    • Mike

      Yes but by letting cops infringe on people rights and treat everyone as a criminal, the taxpayers are paying out huge settlements because of these incompetent thug cops!!! Our country was built on fighting for our rights and when the police infringe on those rights, we fight back, cop or not!!!!

    • alfredkarius

      Funny how police in more civilized democratic countries manage to control crime without murdering citizens and their pets. US cops kill citizens at a ratio 70 yes that is seventy times higher than cops in democracies.

  • wildman

    fuk the tin star thugs as they are now reaping the harvest from the seeds of hate they have been planting for years and now the pussy bitches are scared and don’t like it.Suk it pussy bitches

    • .my classfellow’s younger sister making $97 in one hour Online….……Last weekend I Bought A Brand new McLaren F1 after earning 18,512$,this was my last month’s paycheck ,and-a little over, $17k Last month ..3-5 h/r of work a day ..with bonus opportunities & weekly paychecks.. it’s realy the easiest work I have ever Do.. I Joined This 7 months ago and now making over $83, p/h..Learn More right Here….
      ➤➤➤ http://www.GlobalFinancialSupportJobsTopCareersMedia/Get/$97hourly… ❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦

    • .my friend’s younger sister making $97 in one hour Online….……A weekend ago new McLaren F1 subsequent after earning 18,512$,this was my last month’s paycheck ,and-a little over, $17k Last month ..3-5 h/r of work a day ..with bonus opportunities & weekly paychecks.. it’s realy the easiest work I have ever Do.. I Joined This 7 months ago and now making over $83, p/h..Learn More right Here….
      ➤➤➤ http://www.GlobalFinancialReportsJobsTopCareersOffice/Get/$97hourly… ❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦❦

  • Mike Colburn

    Most cops have it right, its the few that are making this issue. No one believes having no police is the answer, but having them responsible for their actions is! This Olsen cop was the off duty cop that shot a guy in the trolly square mall years back, that was shooting people at random in the mall. He was coming out of a place, drinking and carrying his weapon. But even I cant fault him because the person shooting up the mall would have killed dozens of people if not stopped.
    But now Olsen thinks he is untouchable, and didn’t have the decency to say to the dog owners face what happened.
    And the SLC police chief left, and dropped this in the hands of an interim appointee.
    I can honestly say that if it were my dog that was shot. I’d be in prison for life.

  • PaminIndy