Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Idaho Man Gets Settlement in Dog Shooting Incident

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 11:58 AM

click to enlarge Arfee, a 2-year-old black Lab, was shot and killed by a Coeur d'Alene police officer. The dog's owner was granted an $80,000 settlement this week. - KREM.COM
  • KREM.com
  • Arfee, a 2-year-old black Lab, was shot and killed by a Coeur d'Alene police officer. The dog's owner was granted an $80,000 settlement this week.
The city of Coeur d'Alene has settled with the owner of a dog who was shot by a police officer in July 2014.

Coeur d'Alene Police Officer David Kelley, a 17-year veteran of law enforcement, shot and killed the 2-year-old black Labrador, 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.

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.

The dog's owner, Craig Jones, filed suit against the city, asking for $350,000, but KREM-TV reports that a settlement has been reached in which Coeur d'Alene will pay the Jones $80,000.

Ultimately, an independent probe found that the shooting was unjustified and Kelley's  pay was cut by 10 percent. KREM-TV reports the officer is still on the force.


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