A Texas police officer who shot and killed a pitbull while on patrol in August is now receiving death threats for his actions.
Video taken by the Cleburne Police officer, Kevin Dupre’s, lapel camera shows Dupre whistle at two dogs, one of which is wagging it’s tail. Then the officer discharged his firearm three times, killing the 6-month-old pitbull Maximus.
Dupre is on paid leave outside of Texas with his wife and children pending an investigation. He has been the target of death threats on social media. Quinton Tatum, Maximus’s owner, told KHOU he wishes Dupre was not being threatened.
“I’d wish that people would stop threatening him, because justice will prevail. Let justice take care of itself.”
Cleburne mayor Scott Cain admitted the video from the camera is “very disturbing” and has requested an outside review from other agencies in Texas, including a look into the death threats to his officer.
“We take that extremely seriously…I reiterate: We’re not going to tolerate vigilantism in Cleburne.”
The incident transpired August 10 when a woman contacted 911 regarding one of Tatum and Amanda Henderson’s dogs becoming loose. Dupre documented on his police report that he had no trouble with two of the three dogs, but Maximus became aggressive, prompting the gunshots.
“I see him murdering my puppy, our family…our dog,” Henderson told WFAA.
“Never once did Max stop wagging his tail. Never once do you hear a growl, an aggressive anything.”
But Cain warned caution as the investigation continues.
“Just because his tail’s wagging does not tell the whole story. We’re obviously looking into whether or not deadly force was appropriate with our current policies. We’re looking at whether those policies are appropriate.”
h/t The Daily Mail
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