It was reported that Kevin Cole — the innocent man whose dog was shot by police and who was hit with round — received a $99,000 settlement.
“The city had been working toward and reasonable resolution case and feels that was achieved with this settlement,” city spokesman Tim Swanson said in an email to the Sacramento Bee.
The incident all started when a at the called the police over Cole’s refusal the front of . thought Cole was homeless but he .
“It’s another example of an outrageous police response to a rather simple situation,” said Mark Merin, a longtime civil rights lawyer who represented Cole case.
Cole and it takes him around. Merin, on the day in question, Cole had just finished shopping and was putting his groceries in his backpack so he could take rail home.
“But he was be a homeless vagrant and basis they were strong-arming him and trying to hustle him off the property and that’s what led to the ridiculous use of force,” Merin said.
Security called the cops cops resorted to deadly force.
As the video shows, when the cop moves in Cole begins screaming video for why he was being detained.
“Why are you doing this?…I live here!” Cole heard saying among other statements. He be heard saying he’s disabled and again begged to be , left alone, guard was lying about any alleged incident.
The officer who was attempting to subdue the perceived-homeless man reportedly got frightened by Cole’s dog while the police contact occurred. To officer’s credit, he demonstrated restraint, even patience after being bit by the dog. He repeatedly told Cole he want to “shoot” his dog. He even asked control of the dog on a leash. How be possible is anyone’s guess cop be placing his whole weight on the man’s body.
Only after other officers arrived did deadly use of force escalate. Two more officers arrived in squad cars, aggressively joining the attempts by officer to effect an arrest. That’s when the dog’s demeanor change.
A bystander, possibly guard who initiated to police, kicked the dog to shoo it the cops. That action anger the dog who began to bark more aggressively. That’s when one cop took two steps backward into the alley, drew his service pistol, and shot at the dog. The bullet fragmented into shrapnel and struck Cole face leg.
“You shot me, you shot me eye, dude,” says Cole
Bystanders who witnessed the incident claimed police had other options a , a taser, to call animal control to subdue the dog. Or, cops could’ve just listened to Cole tell them that he had a neurological condition and let him be. Sadly, none actions were taken.
Unlike on-scene officer, the responding officer wasted no time in shooting at a dog crowded area, ultimately wounding two humans and reportedly striking the dog . The men, however, were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The complaint named of Sacramento, its , Daniel Hahn, and officers Justin Shepard and George Martinez as defendants. Both officers are still employed by the , Swanson said.