Sean Kendall confronted Salt Lake City police officers moments after he learned one of their colleagues entered his private property and shot his 2-year-old Weimaraner, Geist, in the head, Wednesday.
Kendall was overcome with anger and grief, but kept his composure long enough to record the confrontation in which he asked the officers in front of his home what gave them probable cause to enter his private residence and kill his dog.
“I know it wasn’t you personally, but you guys killed my dog! I’ve had this dog for three years, he was my best friend! And he was shot, because an officer couldn’t back the f*** up out of my house,” Kendall shouted.
He posted the heartbreaking video on his Facebook page (Warning: Strong language):
The Salt Lake City Police Department responded to inquiries by directing media to the following statement in the Watch Log explaining the incident:
During the search for the missing child, a dog unfortunately was shot by a responding officer. The department regrets the unfortunate outcome of this incident. As with any firing of a service weapon, the department’s Internal Affairs Unit is conducting a review to determine whether the shooting conformed to policy. While the investigation has yet to be completed, the following is an account of what is known at this time:
Officers were searching nearby structures and yards for the missing child from Fillmore Street. Informed that the child was largely non-verbal and likely would not respond to calls by name, officers began to search the neighborhood. Officers knocked on the door of this address and received no answer. Given the urgency to find the child, an officer entered the back yard to see if he had possibly wandered back there. After entering the backyard, the officer encountered a dog that approached him in an aggressive manner. The officer, in turn, shot the dog. An investigation as to whether the officer’s actions conformed to policy is underway by the Internal Affairs Unit.
EDITOR’S NOTE: To clear up any confusion, there are conflicting reports as to the age of the dog, whose name is Geist. Kendall told officers that he has owned the dog for three years in the video that was filmed immediately after the traumatic incident.
Support for Kendall has poured in with concerned Americans rallying via social media. The Facebook page “Justice For Geist” has soared to 40k likes.
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