Wednesday, October 22, 2014

$350K Claim Filed For North Idaho Dog Shooting

Posted By on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 8:57 AM

A few days after it was learned that a Coeur d'Alene Police officer had his salary reduced by 10 percent for shooting a  black lab this past July, the city of Coeur d'Alene has been hit with a $350,000 claim by the dog's owner.

Coeur d'Alene Police Officer David Kelley, a 17-year veteran of law enforcement, shot and killed the dog, named Arfee, through the window of a van parked outside a Coeur d'Alene coffee shop. While Kelley maintained that he was afraid of being bitten by the dog—initially reported by police as a "vicious pit bull"—a review of the incident concluded that his decision to fire on the animal violated the department's deadly force policies.

A public records request has revealed that Kelley's hourly wage was cut by nearly 10 percent.

Outrage over the dog shooting spilled beyond the North Idaho city onto the Internet, where the Facebook page Justice for Arfee served as a hub for anger. Earlier this summer, Internet activist group Anonymous issued a pair of threats to the Coeur d'Alene Police Department, demanding a full investigation into the incident.

And now, an attorney for the dog's owner has filed a $350,000 claim against the city. KHQ-TV reports that the claim was filed Oct. 21 and includes compensatory and punitive damages. KHQ-TV said the attorney secured a $101,000 judgment in 2012 for a family whose pet dog was shot with an assault rifle by an officer in Des Moines, Wash.

Spokane, North Idaho News

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