California Police Walk Past “Beware of Dog Sign,” Fatally Shoot Family Dog, Change Account After Release of Video . . . Later Found To Have Acted Properly

0406_NWS_SGT-L-EMDOGFOLOWe have been following the seemingly endless cases of shootings of dogs around the country. The latest is in El Monte, California where the police entered a family’s front yard some nine months ago (passed “Beware of Dog” signs) and fatally shot the family’s 2-year-old German shepherd. There was no imminent crime or exigent circumstance. Police were coming to collect a photograph of the teenage son of Cathy Luu and Chi Nguyen, whom they had previously reported had run away from home (he returned shortly afterward). A video tape shows the officers, Detective Arlen Castillo and then Officer Ken Fraser, open the gate without calling into the house. Fraser actually pets the family’s pit bull on the way in. Then the German shepherd comes out barking at Castillo and Castillo shoots the dog.

SCHUSTER (Uniform)-07-13-01 El Monte Police Chief Steven Schuster (left) has now announced that “The full incident was investigated, including both officers’ actions, with no sustained policy violations found.” He simply said that “the officers felt that their safety was compromised due to the dog.” That is all it takes apparently.

The video however shows the officers ignoring the “Beware of Dog” signs. That does not seem like a smart idea and created the likelihood of a confrontation with the dog. Notably, the officers account changed after it was disclosed that there was a video tape. Police said the officers shook the gate and proceeded cautiously only to be set upon by the dog. The video shows a very different scene. Shuster shrugged off the discrepancies: “The initial statement included information that was known to the reporting officer at the time, which was prior to knowledge of video evidence. As we learned about the discrepancy, we corrected the statement to the media and public and asked for the original video file to assist in our investigation. We completed a full investigation on this matter, and determined there were no sustained violations.”

That is a remarkably forgiving standard for police misconduct. It is an alternative to the outrageous policy of Dallas Police Chief David Brown revealed a new policy that would require officers involved in a shooting to wait 72 hours before making a statement. The policy came after a scandal where a surveillance video showed one of Brown’s officers shooting a mentally ill suspect for no apparent reason. The video contradicted the officer’s testimony and undermined the charge against the victim. Brown’s solution was not greater disciplining and monitoring of officers but to impose a delay to allow officers to craft their statements.

However, in El Monte, they just treat such contradictions with the officers’ account as a “discrepancy” and change the police account. Fraser was later promoted.

Kudos: Michael Blott

52 thoughts on “California Police Walk Past “Beware of Dog Sign,” Fatally Shoot Family Dog, Change Account After Release of Video . . . Later Found To Have Acted Properly”

  1. ILLUMINATI SELLOUTS EXPOSED. That’s the name of it. Excellent video to take you out of the matrix & see what’s really going on. Even some of you old hands might be a little shocked if you’ve got the guts to really watch it. Some of you conspiracy deniers will chicken out very quickly. But one or two will have the guts to get informed….

  2. Go to that rancher video above; you can see it if you like, but be sure and click on YouTube video Illuminati Sellouts Exposed. Its all you need to put you on the right road to save your country and your own self. As for Dems & Reps they’ll tell you exactly as I’ve been saying: Its a smokescreen; don’t participate in EITHER. But there is much more in this rather long video so I’m going to challenge 9/11 conspiracy denier, Spinelli, to check it out; no, see the whole thing, Spinelli. You all should see it; not a perfect production in either video quality or even spelling, but magnificently put together!
    I’m going to end with my third thing to shun if you give a tinker’s cuss about your country: yep, totally shun the military; proud you served? Heck, No! That’s saying you’re proud you screwed your country by doing the Illuminati’s bidding! (we’ll let you off if you’re old enough to have been in WWII this lifetime)

  3. **on 1, July 29, 2014 at 4:54 pm Milli

    So if I feel my safety is compromised due to police presence, I have precedence to react? Hmmmm…


    Back in the day when the USA was the USA there was a good reason why Sheriff Taylor was called Sheriff & Fife was called Deputy Fife.

    (Screaming) Because Sheriff Taylor was called Sheriff because He was “Sane” & a Ph’ing Leader that knew when to take Barny’s Bullets away from him!

    You’re not stupid are you, get your neighborhood’s arse back to Mayberry fast possible I would suggest!

    & Stop promoting LE Leadership’s Assassinating boxes full of Puppies!

    & Thanks everyone for wasting my time on this obvious observation as it isn’t like the Lunatics in charge of the USA Gov’t wouldn’t just as soon Nuke their own people just so the Lunatic Leaders then could blame it all on the Tea Partiers, etc., or Ruskies/ Aka 911 possibly another of many govt scams attempting to Bull Sheet the US people into supporting WW3.

    BTW: I’m selling Obama/Bidan/Hillery Wooden Nickels for a fer more days at a discount, 100 wooden Nickels for 0.05 for all.Enjoy the Sarc with me as it my be all that remains of the planet soon.


    Dallas Police Chief David Brown calls training controversy ‘a hot mess’

    Dallas Police Chief David Brown stirred a controversy with his responses on the department’s blog, including his reaction to a complaint about the department’s handling of a sexual harassment allegation against a recruit who is the son of one of Brown’s friends.

  5. Photography is not a crime and copblock have videos showing police constantly lying and violating citizens right to film them (protected under 1st Amendment). Police are above the law, they are almost never punished, even with video.

  6. You do, Paul, but while that did happen – a lot of people have tried and are now dead, so that’s not helping them.

  7. I want to believe that good cops, good prosecutors, and good SCOTUS justices are the norm, but I think the opposite is now true. It seems the tide has turned because we have allowed fear, religion, power, and political persuasion to supplant justice.

  8. So if I feel my safety is compromised due to police presence, I have precedence to react? Hmmmm…

    1. Milli – a man was just found not guilty for killing an officer who ‘broke’ into his home on a warrantless search. I think you do always have the right to defend yourself.

  9. I’m surprised they haven’t charged the kid with animal abuse and said he’s responsible for the dog’s death because he ran away from home.

  10. Pity the dog wasn’t a criminal illegal alien MS 13 Gangbanger dope dealer from anywhere in the world other then the USA then the dog would have had the red carpet rolled out for him.

    More people have now noticed that this govt & agencies like LE leadership across the nation have spiraled completely out of control.

    As Govt&LE’s Lawlessness continues to get worst I expect & completely understand that the citizens will in mass start saying “I was in fear for my, my family & our pets lives.”

    It wouldn’t even be considered Jury Nullification to me at this point for a citizen to make that claim today & walk if charges were made.

    What I hate worst is their Govt/LE’s Leadership lunacy is destroying the publics confidence in our govt institutions.

    This type stuff can’t & shouldn’t be allowed to continue another day.

    I seen 2 more of these type LE dog assassinations yesterday.

    ** Illinois cop shoots dog in its yard in front of 6-year-old girl

    Police State USA
    July 28, 2014

    HOMETOWN, IL — A family says that while rounding up their loose puppy, a police officer arrived and shot it in the head, in its own yard, in close proximity to several onlookers, the owner, and a horrified child. **

  11. ” I understand the need of officers to protect themselves. Dog attacks are no trivial matter for officers.”

    With all due respect professor, mail carriers don’t seem to live in the same kind of fear that police officers do, and they encounter dogs far more often I’d hazard to guess.

    The recent rash of dog shootings seems to be a confluence of three factors : a lack of training on handling animals, an increasing belief by police officers that they are in mortal danger at every moment of their shift, and the continued closing of ranks that do not penalize officers for over-reacting to perceived danger. There have been dog shootings where it emerges after the fact that the local ASPCA or Humane Society has offered training on dealing with dogs to police but been declined. And when there is no punishment or admonishment for shooting a dog, there will be no incentive on the part of police to get that training. It’s very similar to the lack of training with mentally ill individuals. Combine it with a never-back-down approach to policing, and you have a recipe for disaster. Just once I’d like to read one of these stories and see the officer retreated, and only shot the animal as a last resort. Or better yet, retreated behind the fence and told the owner to handle it. But that approach is the exception, not the rule. The increased aggressiveness of police is real, and this is one of the byproducts.

  12. If a kid who owned the dog also got access to a pistol, he could walk into the cop house or the donut shop and shoot the perp dead. A jury would acquit.

  13. I forgot the point about my wife. Never being a sports fan or playing sports she had no experience dealing w/ the “agony of defeat” like I did. That game is famous for the postgame photo of Freddie Patek crying in the dugout. Well, I damn near had to carry her out of Royals Stadium that night. I felt so guilty.

  14. Bob, My wife was not a baseball fan when I met her. By 1977 she was hooked. We would go to ~40-50 games a year. We would sit in the bleachers for $1.50! We were @ this game, sitting in the right field bleachers. Left field was better because of the sun, but playoffs, you take any tix you can get. That game was the most heartbreaking of all the losses suffered by KC from 76-78. The Royals led by 2-3 runs until the 8th inning. I remember Mickey Rivers getting a big hit and of course Lyle closed it out. Back in those days players slid heard like Brett and closers pitch 2 or 3 innings. Before LaRussa screwed up relievers. He gave a horseshit speech on Sunday. All of the induction speeches were poor except for Glavine, but he mostly read his. My demanding college speech teacher would have flunked all of them. I expected more from Torre and hell, LaRussa’s an attorney..shameful.

  15. Ah, the Royals. Remember the love affair between Graig Nettles and George Brett?

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