A disturbing video was released by a Minnesota family after a uniformed Minneapolis police officer responding to an alarm call at their home appears to have shot their two dogs in the backyard over the weekend.
Both family dogs survived the shooting and are alive, but their owner, Jennifer LeMay, says that the dogs “weren’t attacking or charging” the officer.
The incident occurred on Saturday July 9, 2017 when two officers responded to a home burglary alarm.
LeMay told The Star Tribune what she knows of the incident from her two daughters, who were home at the time, and from the surveillance video, as she and the rest of her family were camping.
She said, one of her two teen daughters accidentally triggered the home alarm, but LeMay said she called the security company and the alarm was deactivated a few minutes later.
Two officers arrived at their home 20 minutes later, and LeMay said neither officer knocked at the front door. One officer apparently scaled their fence in the backyard while checking the home.
The surveillance video shows an officer standing in their backyard. He approaches the home and disappears from view and appears again a moment later; stepping backwards and drawing his gun as the family dogs approach.
Ciroc, the white and brown dog, appears to be wagging his tail and stops a few feet away. The officer shoots the dog, who then runs away.
As Ciroc runs away, Rocko, the brown dog, appears and is then shot. The officer momentarily pauses before leaving the yard by climbing over the fence.
LeMay posted the family’s surveillance footage of the shooting on Facebook and captioned it; “Yall see this sh*t…mpls finest shooting my dogs that weren’t attacking or charging at him!”
Warning: video may be disturbing to some viewers, discretion is advised.