A lot has happened since November 7, when Des Moines police officers shot and killed Rosie, a 200-pound Newfoundland dog that had escaped the yard of her owners, Deirdre and Charles Wright. A memorial was held for the dog, and a King County investigation was conducted which concluded that none of the officers acted inappropriately, Des Moines Mayor Bob Sheckler criticized the officers, saying the incident caused "irrevocable damage" to the department's reputation, and the Des Moines Police Guild called for the mayor to resign because of those comments. Well, now that KOMO News has published dash-cam footage of the incident, we can put this whole thing to rest, right?
The video certainly shows that the officers spent a great deal of time tracking the loose dog. They tried to corral her, and even tazed her twice. And they discussed--rather jocularly--about how long to wait before opening fire on her.
Some gems of the cops' insensitivity include lines like "I'd hate to kill him in his own yard" and, after shooting the animal four times with an assault rifle, "Niiiiice!"
Here's KOMO's report.
And here's the dash-cam footage (plus a link to dash-cam footage from all four police cars involved, because the abridged video below has been going down and coming back up periodically).