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The dog’s name was Parrot.
The photo you are looking at below was taken moments before Parrot was thrown down a flight of stairs and shot to death by Officer Scott Fike.
Officer Fike is seen in the photo driving his knee into Parrot’s back, as one would do with an armed criminal.
Without waiting to determine whether this technique would calm Parrot, Officer Fike grabbed Parrot, lifted him off the ground, and brought him to the top of the concrete staircase, according to reports.
Officer Fike then threw Parrot over the banister, down twelve steps, and onto the concrete floor, according to eyewitnesses at the scene.
Then, Fike stood at the top of the stairs, drew his weapon, and shot Parrot to death.
Aaron Block, the animal’s owner, cannot recall the number of shots fired. Witnesses state that Parrot was not harming anybody and was simply frightened by Officer Fike.
“The officer drew his gun in an unnecessary act of cowboy gunslinging law enforcement and shot my dog amidst a crowd of thousands.”
Officer Fike has not been convicted for fatally shooting Parrot.
The incident began when Parrot became involved in a scuffle with another dog on the street, a Poodle. The dogs were engaging in spirited barking at each other but their owners managed to keep them under control and restrained, according to reports.
Officer Fike got involved — despite the fact, according to witnesses, that the owners already subdued the dogs. The presence and body language of Officer Fike made the dogs fearful, according to witnesses, at which point Officer Pike pushed Parrot onto the pavement and began using his knee to crush Parrot’s spine.
After the killing occurred, many police and wives whose husbands work as police officers took to the internet to try to “justify” what happened to Parrot.
As well, several establishment media outlets, some pretending to be “fact checkers,” tried to obscure the facts by granting a priori credibility to the “Official Police Report,” as if police reports can be trusted to accurately recount their own wrongdoings.
Police often lie in their reports to avoid prosecution. In light of this fact, blindly trusting whatever a police report says despite the accounts of multiple eyewitnesses at the scene amounts to common irrationality — an asinine, fallacious appeal to a supposed authority. It certainly has nothing to do with “fact checking.”
The “evidence” that these establishment loyalists cite in the “Official Police Report” is a statement made by the officer who wrote it, alleging that Parrot was “aggressive” and “bit” Officer Fike.
Eyewitnesses at the scene say that this is false.
First, multiple eyewitnesses state that Parrot was not aggressive and never bit the officer, but rather that the officer lost his temper and in throwing the dog over a flight of stairs received a minor scratch.
The scratch was so minor, according to eyewitness reports, that the officer declined medical treatment.
One eyewitness at the scene had this to say:
“As seen in the photo showing the officer had control of the dog, he held the top of dog’s head and the skin on his back and walked over to the stairwell railing and THREW the dog from chest height down to the bottom – a height of between 9 and 10 feet. This I saw because I was standing at the doorway of the business where the dog was killed. As I turned away, in 1 – 3 seconds a single shot rang out. I then went out on the platform above the stairwell, and saw the dying dog’s head was nearly on top of the floor drain next to the locked gate at the bottom of the steps FACING away from the steps..”
Second, Lucky Dog, a professional animal rescue service, contacted several eyewitnesses to determine what actually happened.
They report the following details:
1. The [Official Police Report] alleges a bite to Officer Fike. The injury is classified as an abrasion and described as scratching on the hand and wrist. Officer Fike declined any medical care resulting from his injury. Many eye witnesses state that Parrot did not bite or even attempt to bite anyone at any point during the police intervention.
2. Aaron Block was not bitten. The police report confirms this as do Aaron’s own statements.
3. According to multiple eye witnesses, Parrot had already been subdued and was being held securely by his foster, Aaron Block, when the police arrived on the scene. Parrot was not “out of control.”
4. Parrot did not charge the officer after being thrown down the concrete stairwell. A witness who was standing on the Brass Doorknob’s porch saw what transpired in the stairwell. He told us that Parrot was stunned from the fall and had only just gotten to his feet when the officer drew his gun and opened fire without provocation.
Despite these facts, friends of police officers, and officers themselves, continue to spread false information online in disturbing attempts to justify the murder. One of the many lies is that Parrot was an “aggressive pitbull.”
It turns out that Parrot is a mixed breed Shar Pei, whom neighbors in the community spoke of as being warmly gentle and friendly with people.
On the day that Parrot was killed, he had been involved in a scuffle with a Poodle, at which point Officer Fike got involved — despite the fact, according to witnesses, that the owners already had the dogs under control.
Recent discussions at the facebook page Fine, Fire, and Arrest Officer Fike note that he was never convicted for shooting Parrot to death, and that he may in fact still be employed by the State.