Off-Duty Police Officer Accused Of Wrongfully Killing Man’s Dog

A California man is filing a lawsuit against a South San Francisco police sergeant, accusing the off-duty officer of wrongfully shooting and killing his boxer, Angel.

In the lawsuit, Ray Halteh said Sergeant Mike Remedios shot and killed Angel in September 2006. Halteh said his dog was “engaged in aggressive playful interaction” with Buddy, Remedios’ dog.

Halteh stated in the lawsuit that he separated the dogs and no one was in immediate danger or hurt. Then Remedios identified himself as an officer and ordered Halteh to “step aside” and then shot Angel.

The lawsuit further stated that Buddy was not in need of any medical attention and “displayed no visual evidence of injury.”

The city conducted an internal investigation, but no wrongdoing was found on the part of Remedios.

Halteh’s attorney said: “If I came home and my dog was fighting with another dog and I happened to have a .45 in my pocket, I’d be in jail.”

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

6 Responses to “Off-Duty Police Officer Accused Of Wrongfully Killing Man’s Dog”

  1. Sharon says:

    If he used his service revolver he should lose his job. My dad was a cop and in his day this kind of behavior would not have been tolerated.

  2. catmom5 says:

    No wrongdoing? The dogs were separated and the problem should have been over. Sounds like the police officer was upset because his dog was “attacked”. This sort of reaction gives all cops a bad name ~ I agree that this should simply not be tolerated.

  3. Jenny Bark says:

    I agree with both of you & all 17 posts in the San Fracisco Chronicle but 2. According to the 1 post this isn’t his first dog to kill. This was a park & dogs play. You should see my dogs playing, if you warn’t a dog person you would think they were getting hurt instead of just having fun & really love each other. None of my dogs bite each other but it sure looks ruff sometimes.

  4. Stefani says:

    Cops have gone postal. Because they are let off the hook over and over for things like this, they feel that they can act with IMPUNITY.

    These cops need to be relieved of their duties. Of course, once off the force with no outlet for their rage (something they use their job for) they would end up on the other side of the law and in jail — which is exactly what they deserve.

    INTERNAL investigations almost NEVER find wrongdoing on the part of the cops when this kind of thing occurs — or even when humans are killed by cops who think their badges are a license to take out their rage and frustration on others.

    The foxes are guarding the hen houses in every level of our justice system.

    Stefani
    The Toonces Project
    http://www.TheTooncesProject.com
    “Is Your Pet Safe at the Vet?”

  5. Furbabies says:

    Most cops are good guys, but asses like this guy need to be fired and jailed. This isn’t the wild west! Jerks.

  6. Lynn says:

    What’s going on with these cops? The way I see it, “INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS” should be abolished. They serve no purpose except to lie to the public and give them the false impression that they are really looking into the matter and will take corrective action if wrongdoing has been established. We all know this is bull.

    The cop should stand trial for animal abuse as a private citizen.


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