The Los Angeles Police Department says it is investigating the shooting of a pit bull with a bag of beans by police approaching Winnetk’s house last week after the dog’s owner criticized the police response.
LAPD released camera footage of both officers heading into 6700 Limerick Avenue last Thursday after a caller said they saw a pit bull chasing people in the neighborhood.
According to a video released Sunday, when the police arrived there, the dog was on its owner’s territory. The officers spoke to a passing woman who called the police.
When the woman explained what she had seen, the officer told her, “We’ll figure it out.” Then another officer, holding a machine gun in his hand, can be heard firing from a bag of beans.
The footage shows what happened next: both officers walk up to the driveway, and the dog stuck its head out from behind the truck.
“Here he is,” says one of the officers. Another whistle.
When the dog starts barking, one of the officers tells her, “Come back, dude.”
They keep getting closer and the dog becomes more aggressive. The officers walk forward to the property, whistle for the dog and tell him to come back. When the police walk next to a truck parked in the driveway, the dog barks and runs forward, the officer with a shotgun shoots, hitting the dog in the head. The dog puppies and retreats.
Then the owner comes out. The officers shout that he needs to protect his dog.
The owner, Corey Lennon, told ABC7 that he believed the officers were acting inappropriately when approaching his property.
“They drove up to my driveway with weapons at the ready,” he said, noting that, from the CCTV footage, he heard an officer lay down his arms from across the street.
“I feel like they were hunting her. They didn’t even give her a chance. “
The cameras on the bodies of the police show that the dog was not tied and that the entrance gate to the property was open when they got there.
But Lennon told reporters that the officers did not see his dog chasing someone. The camera footage appears to support this, showing that the dog was in the area when the officers arrived.
It is not known if neighbors called the police about the dog. The woman who called about the dog told the police that she did not live in the neighborhood, according to body camera footage.
According to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department, the woman “informed the police about a dog that aggressively pursued people walking in the area.”
Los Angeles police said they have launched an internal investigation into the incident. All cases of the use of force by officers, including incidents where they use less lethal weapons such as shotguns with beans and other grenade launchers, are investigated by the department and are subject to review by the Los Angeles Police Commission.