Family Gets $330,000 Judgment After Police Shoot, Kill Dog

CHICAGO (CBS) — A jury has awarded more than $330,000 to a family whose dog was killed by Chicago Police.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner reports, in February 2009, police had a warrant to search a both units of a two-flat residence in the 9200 block of South Justine Street, according to the Chicago Tribune. Authorities said it was a drug raid.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner reports

At home at the time were Thomas and Darren Russell, then 18, and when of them opened the door, police were standing there with guns drawn.

Thomas Russell said he put his hands up and asked permission to lock up his black Labrador, Lady, before the officers came in, the Tribune reported.

The lawsuit claims that the dog approached the officers, not growling or attacking, but with her tail wagging. But Officer Richard Antonsen shot the dog.

Although arrested for obstructing police, Thomas Russell was later found not guilty. Although drugs were found in the building’s other unit, none were found in the Russell apartment.

Chicago Law Department spokeswoman Jennifer Hoyle tells the Tribune says the city is disappointed by the jury’s action and is reviewing options.

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  • Bishop

    Chicago has been paying for all these crimes made by city employees, cops, politicians, etc. etc. raising our insurances rates and bankrupting the system. What happens to these thugs personally and professionally? Back to work like nothing happened and have another shot on doing these crimes another time? The new mayor’s even willing to throw money around to silence Daley’s involvement with Burge…a little prepayment to the next mayor just in case Emanuel winds up with a sticky problem? Vicious never ending cycle of greed, corruption, arrogance etc etc etc

  • arubabob

    The city is dissapointed? Give me a break. Those thugs in uniform brok into a law abiding citizens home, terrorized their children and killed their friendly pet. If I were on the jury, I would have given them 5 times as much. Look at how many dogs the Chicago police shot this week.

  • Just Axin

    Taxpayers should not suffer because bad decisions were made. If an egregious error was made, the individual officer should be held liable.

  • Sam What Am

    “First, shoot the dogs” has become standard unofficial practice among law enforcement, particularly in anti-drug activity. They’re either two dumb, too ‘roided up, or just don’t care to discern between a Labrador and a Rottweiler.

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