(FixThisNation.com) – In a conversation with Newsweek, the guardians of a three-year-old canine named Dixie, who was tragically shot and killed by a local police officer, recounted the heartbreaking details of their beloved pet’s demise. The officer has defended his actions stating that it was necessary to neutralize what he perceived as a threat to his personal safety during the incident on July 2.
Dixie’s caretakers, 52-year-old Tammie Kerns and her 25-year-old daughter Mellenie from Lorain, Ohio, shared how Dixie, their playful, affectionate, mischievous golden Labrador mix, was fatally shot multiple times by the law enforcement officer. This resulted in the anguishing scene of their dog bleeding to death outside their residence.
In light of this incident, it’s worth noting that a CBS poll conducted a few months earlier indicated significant bipartisan agreement on the need for changes in law enforcement practices. The survey showed that police reforms were seen as a “high priority” by 61% of Democrats, 47% of Independents, and 29% of Republicans.
Tammie explained that on the day of the incident, as she was leaving her house, Dixie and three other dogs escaped. She managed to round them up and hand them over to her daughter when a police officer pulled up to their house located in a suburb of Northeast Ohio.
Lieutenant Jacob Morris of the Lorain Police Department informed Newsweek via email that an ongoing investigation is underway to scrutinize the department’s professional standards in light of the tragic incident.
At about 1 p.m. on July 2, LPD Officer Elliot Palmer was patrolling when he reported spotting several large dogs wandering near a residence. Palmer left his patrol car to evaluate the situation and assist any potentially endangered civilians. He then instructed the woman trying to control the dogs to secure them. He subsequently noticed another woman who seemed to have a “forearm laceration” as she tried to manage two dogs.
Palmer claims that one of the dogs, later identified as Dixie, aggressively lunged at him. He defended his decision to draw his weapon and shoot the dog repeatedly to neutralize the threat, characterizing the situation as “hostile and volatile.”
Contrarily, the Kerns family expressed their fear and horror from the incident, demanding that the police department either dismiss or impose sanctions on the officer involved.
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