Detroit Police Sued Again For Shooting Dogs During a Marijuana Raid

Officers detained Franklin and searched the house, but could not get to the marijuana plants because of the dogs. They initially called animal control but decided to destroy the animals, the lawsuit says. Officers shot and killed one dog through the fence, broke into the backyard enclosure, and fatally shot the other two. Animal control arrived ten minutes later.

“At no time did City of Detroit police officers give Plaintiffs an opportunity to sequester the dogs to permit them to access the back yard where the subject marijuana was located,” the lawsuit says. “Plaintiff Franklin offered to take the marijuana from the back yard and give it to the police but Defendant police officers refused.”

Because the dogs presented no imminent threat to officers and were secured behind a fence, the lawsuit contends their killing violated Savage and Franklin’s Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure. They are seeking compensatory and punitive damages, as well as attorney fees, for what they say are the Detroit Police Department’s reckless actions and callous indifference to their rights.

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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.