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Why Did Police Shoot a Dog in Adams Morgan?

Police Shoot Dog During Adams Morgan DayA day after a Metropolitan Police Department officer shot and killed a dog during Adams Morgan Day, it's still not entirely clear exactly what happened during the incident.

Scott Fike, a 25-year veteran of the department, shot the dog, named Parrot, after intervening in an altercation between two dogs on 18th Street. Aaron Block, the 25-year old caretaker of the dog and a Dupont Circle resident, said Parrot was "a full 12 to 15 steps away," and was "making no aggressive overtures," according to the Washington Post.

Police, festival attendees, and store owners shared conflicting perspectives on the use of force during the incident. MPD justified the shooting by saying the dog acted aggressively even after being subdued, but some witnesses want more evidence to justify the officer's actions. Even the breed of the dog has been the subject of great debate: police say the dog was a pit bull, and others say it was a mixed-breed shar pei—a dog that looks like a pit bull to the untrained eye, but which doesn't have the violent reputation of the other breed.

Block was walking the 2-year old dog on 18th Street NW when Parrot turned around and bit a poodle going in the opposite direction. Block said he helped separate the dogs and was restraining Parrot when the police arrived.

Fike took over from that point and originally subdued Parrot by putting his knee in the dog's back and pulling his hind legs behind him. Fike then took the dog by his nape and threw him over the banister of the Brass Knob antique shop, according to the Post, but was "led down the stairwell of the Brass Knob," according to a report from DCist. According to Block, Fike fired the lone shot right after the dog became upright again.

Witnesses had various perspectives of the incident, some of which said the officer acted hastily and outside of protocol. Other said the officer's actions were justified. Jacob Kishter, commander of the 3rd Police District, told the Post "that once the officer pushed the dog down the stairwell, 'the dog immediately turns and runs at the officer aggressively.'" Kishter said the officer, owners of both dogs, and other officers were interviewed about the incident and that Fike's actions were justified based on information MPD gathered.

Soleiman Askarinam, owner of Spaghetti Garden on 18th Street, spoke with both the Post and DCist, and said an overall peaceful day was "sadly punctuated" by dogs barking, a shot, and screams.

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  • Guido

    Smoke another one, dipshit.

  • Cindy B
  • http://twitpic.com/photos/kerrygutknecht) DCNative61

    [a] Why are people stalking Fike online?

    [b] Threats are stupid ... and useless.

    Unless there has been a watershed event in the case and some evidence miraculously appears that completely alters the context of the police report, you can probably chalk up this shooting as bad judgment on the officer's part.

  • Guido
  • NATHAN AMAL

    the cop was not a K-9 specialist-you pulled that out of your butt. Looks liek a trigger happy cop that went out of control. Vast majority of witnesses state the cop overreacted. He must be fired-what if its a kid next time?

  • NATHAN AMAL

    wrong-a police report will always say "Cop did nothing wrong"-so we cant give them any weight

  • NATHAN AMAL

    no, dummy-no such thing as a "fighting breed". Vast majority of pits are good dogs

  • NATHAN AMAL

    and quit lying! no broken bones on the poodle! moron!

  • NATHAN AMAL

    dummy

  • NATHAN AMAL

    no, idiot-a cops job doesnt include gunning down innocent dogs-or kids

  • NATHAN AMAL

    stick to eating lasagna, fat boy

  • NATHAN AMAL

    no-only a few hundred attacks-out of 100s of thousands of pit bulls..

  • NATHAN AMAL

    who wants to bet Guido is some fat hairy Gumba that looks like Laverne's dad? Pizza flinging creep...

  • Mayu

    actually, it wasn't the just the owner who said he wasn't acting aggressive. There were several witnesses who say the dog was not acting aggressively toward anyone. The one witness who said the dog charged the officer said he did so AFTER the officer THREW HIM OVER A BANISTER. I'd be a little pissed too.

  • MichaelS

    This
    fuckin asshole needs to be treated the same as he treated this poor
    dog. If he ever did this to my dog there is no grave deep enough to bury
    his ass once I kill the SOB. Period. And my dad was a K9 cop and
    wouldnt treat another dog this way. Shame on Fike. He should be fired
    without any pay. This was clearly an act of Animal Cruelty

  • MichaelS

    This asshole needs to be treated the same as he treated this poor
    dog. If he ever did this to my dog there is no grave deep enough to bury
    his ass once I kill the SOB. Period. And my dad was a K9 cop and
    wouldnt treat another dog this way. Shame on Fike. He should be fired
    without any pay. This was clearly an act of Animal Cruelty. I would
    kick this dumbass cop in his ass if I had witnessed it and tackle him to
    the ground and hogtie him. And see how he likes to be treated the same way. lol

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