June 28, 2013
The owner of a Chicago dog shot July 22, 2012, by South Holland Police officers has taken the case to court. Randy Green, the owner of a big gray dog named Grady, is suing the village of South Holland, Police Officer Chad Barden and other unknown officers in Federal Court, says a report byCourthouse News on June 28, 2013.
The incident began last July when a caller reported a large gray dog who was running around the neighborhood. At no time was any mention made the dog was dangerous or aggressive. Two South Holland police officers answered the call to check out the report on the dog at large.
Grady, who is a Cane Corso breed, had broken his chain, and the dog had come around to the front porch of the home. Randy and his family were inside the home asleep, unaware their dog had broken free and was now considered off-leash. Grady wasn’t causing any problems. He was sitting on the front porch.
South Holland Police Officer Chad Barden and another officer arrived at the home. Officer Barden stood with his weapon drawn near the home as the officer watched the dog. The other officer was 100 feet away from officer Barden as he stood by his police vehicle.
Grady walked by both officers several times before returning to his spot on the front porch. At no time did the dog act in an aggressive manner.
The video shows the officers were outside the home for approximately 20 minutes before anything happened. Grady eventually came off the porch and walked toward Officer Barden again, as this officer was standing closest to the home. What dog wouldn’t go over and check out a new person?
It was then that Officer Barden shot Grady three times. The wounded dog ran into the back yard. Randy Green rushed outside after hearing the shots.
Randy immediately took his injured dog to an emergency veterinary clinic, where he was treated. No report is given as to whether Grady survived, but since no reference has been made to his death, it’s assumed he recovered from his injury.
It was later learned the police officers could have used a catch pole on Grady. The pole remained in the police vehicle, with the officer’s gun being the weapon of choice to contain the dog. A dog who, although off-leash, was on his own property and wasn’t bothering anyone.
An expert is said to have viewed the video, which shows the absence of any charging, lunging or showing of teeth by the dog Grady and instead showed the dog Grady seeking ‘greater distance between the officer and himself,’ displaying ‘calming [body] signals’ by ‘looking away from the officers and showing his [Grady’s] flank,’ and moving in a ‘trot.'” (Brackets in complaint.).
After the shooting, officers reportedly walked around the Green property, including the backyard and other private areas near the home. Adding insult to injury, a month after the shooting police delivered a letter to Randy charging him with having a dangerous dog.
Randy is now suing for damages for unreasonable seizure, trespass, intentional infliction of emotional distress, violation of the Illinois Humane Care for Animals Act, and malicious prosecution.
Green is being represented by Anna Morrison-Ricordati.