Dog Shooting In Tennessee

  1. I received this information as an email. Such as myself, my cousin is an extreme animal lover, like many here in the allnurses family:

    In Cookeville Tennessee, a family on vacation from North Carolina was pulled over and handcuffed, asked to kneel on the side of the road by six policemen who were answering an anonymous caller who reported money flying out the window of a car. It later turned out the driver of the car had left his wallet on the roof.

    While the family was handcuffed and kneeling behind the car,they asked repeatedly for one of the six policemen on the scene to close the door of their car so neither of their dogs would get out. None of the 6 policemen would do this simple preventative measure instead choosing to stand over the handcuffed and kneeling family.

    When one of the dogs did leave the car and ran toward the family, tail wagging, Officer Eric Hall shot the dog point blank in the head with a 12 Gage Mossberg shotgun.

    A videotape recording made by the police car videotape is available for viewing by pasting the following URL into your browser address window:

    >>>Dog Shooting<<<

    This is a graphic video so be warned. It shows a small dog bounding out of a car obviously in a playful, non-threatening tail wagging mood being murdered by a policeman who later said he 'felt threatened'. His boss, Police Chief Bob Terry says that the situation was so 'tense that they were concerned about people and not animals'.

    Most of you know me to love and adore animals, specifically dogs. I bawled like a baby and cursed at my computer monitor while viewing this tape.

    Inspired by lrae's thread "CEO", Please, please, please, please please send an email to Police Chief Bob Terry at and demand that he ask for the immediate resignation of or that he fire Officer Eric Hall.

    Flood his email box, call him at 931-526-2125, or write him at 10 East Broad Street, Cookeville TN 38501.

    There is absolutely no excuse for this type of behavior, even for a policeman in Tennessee.

    Thanks yall,
    Last edit by rebelwaclause on Jan 11, '03
  2. 89 Comments

  3. by   cactus wren
    I saw this on the news here..and I certainly agree...that was a friendly non aggressive dog...And the reason they gave for stopping and terrorizing this family is so lame....Definitely a case of "John Wayne" cops...over doing their job...
  4. by   rebelwaclause
    Yes...I agree, The dog wasn't even approaching the officer(s). Please send an email, if you feel inspired to do so.

    Thanks Cactus.
  5. by   cactus wren
    on it`s way
  6. by   cpgrn
    What a terrible thing to happen. I couldn't even watch the clip after your description. I can't stand any cruelty to animals or people and this is digusting.
  7. by   Robin61970
    I actually saw this on a news clip the other night on TV....husband and I were amazed that they felt this dog was acting in a threatening was horrid......
  8. by   cindyln
    I am shocked at this and saddened. I sent off an email also
  9. by   cactus wren
    According to my local news, these folks were stopped, and(imho) terrorized by those officers ,because the father had placed his wallet ontop of his car, before driving off..and the, was blowing over the road..Police assumed that they were stopping robbers, and apparently didn`t ask any questions, handcuffed father and son...scarry....
  10. by   cindyln
    the email I sent got returned to me.The reason given was recepient name not recognized. Anyone else get theirs returned?
  11. by   rebelwaclause
    ...So sorry about the email link...Looking into it, but of course, their website is bombarded, (Very slow even on DSL!).

    If anyone else finds it quicker, please post. Thanks everybody!

    >>>Cookville Police Department<<<
    Last edit by rebelwaclause on Jan 11, '03
  12. by   BBFRN
    That officer is a moron. How absolutely disgusting!
  13. by   emily_mom
    I can't even get into their website. That officer should be taken off...permanently. Obviously he is a loose cannon... This story has made me physically ill.

  14. by   night owl
    Nope, won't even go there and watch this dog be shot or I will be physically ill, but I will email
    for Hall's resignation...What a loser!