Garland Police Shoot Dog in Raid That Nets One Ounce of Weed

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Boyd
Daniel Hall's dog, Boyd, was 10 years, two months, and 24 days old on July 9 but still spry. They'd played fetch together the day before. But that day, according to Hall, the golden retriever/rottweiler mix was lounging on the floor while Hall, his girlfriend and a friend sat on the couch watching Two and a Half Men.

Then, all of a sudden, a crashing sound.

"I turned around, and there was a cop shooting my dog," Hall says.

That much isn't in dispute. Garland Police Department spokesman Mike Hatfield said the SWAT team was executing a no-knock search warrant and, in the process, shot the dog. Hall says Boyd was on the ground when the police entered and made no move to attack. Hatfield said the department is conducting an internal affairs investigation -- as it does whenever an officer discharges a weapon -- but that officers don't shoot animals unprovoked.

"There have been numerous drug raids where dogs were present and were not shot," Hatfield said.

But Hall's was, and he's doubly upset because he doesn't think the police had cause to raid his home. Hatfield noted that they did have a warrant, meaning a judge had decided there was enough evidence to justify the maneuver, but Hall's not sure what that could be.

He has never dealt drugs nor possessed them in any quantities and, aside from a couple of misdemeanor charges in Dallas County that were dismissed, has no criminal record. He does smoke a bowl or two of weed from time to time, but he describes himself as "a very casual, friendly smoker," a description that fits with the ounce or so of marijuana officers found. (I'm waiting on a call back from Hatfield to confirm the amount).

Hall spent the night of July 9 in jail and bonded out the next morning. That day, he took Boyd's body to a piece of land his friend owns in the country, dug a grave, and buried him.


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31 comments
banjolele
banjolele

Honestly I hope someone tracks down each of these police officers and murders them. No sympathy for dog killers.

MyBad
MyBad

Maybe "the rookie" was Korean and wanted a free meal.  Seriously, GPD is just a bunch of racist overpaid lazy ass knuckle heads that should be fired ..... starting with the Chief.  Lieutenants make over $150K a year.

suzyqpa2
suzyqpa2

mayor@garlandtx.gov  

Write the Mayor tell them what you think!

suzyqpa2
suzyqpa2

I think it was incredibly irresponsible and the officers responsible should be fired.

jessicadpaxton
jessicadpaxton

My official witness statement.....

 

  On Monday July, 9, 2012 I was witness to the brutal and unnecessary murder of beloved pet and family member Boyd, by the Garland Police Department and SWAT Team.As my boyfriend, friend, and I sat watching “Two and a Half Men” Garland SWAT exercised a no-knock warrant by battering through our front door.Within a matter of one second, they had bashed the door open, bashed Boyd in the face and immediately fired twice on him – who was not charging but lying down on the ground frightened and subdued.... And for what did Garland SWAT find once they searched the house? …Less than 1 oz of marijuana – the smallest amount to qualify for a misdemeanor charge.I and my friend were never read our rights. As myself and my friend stood zip-tied with our faces to the wall, and with my boyfriend pinned to the ground crying for his dog – I pleaded for a veterinarian because at that time Boyd was still breathing and was told that Animal Control had been called out to dispose of the animal. Clearly my pleas annoyed the officer because he jerked me violently and told me to be quiet.The final hours of the “raid” consisted of SWAT tearing apart our house looking for all the shells they had deployed and moving them outside to take photos of them, while also finding nothing in our house warranting more than a misdemeanor ticket.One officer snidely commented to my boyfriend that he “smelled like shit” to which he replied, “Yes, because you just murdered my dog and he crawled on me.”Several other officers were heard discussing who would get to “finish the dog” to which a reply was heard, “Let the rookie do it.”Garland SWAT apparently justifies thousands of tax-payer dollars and the brutal point blank murder of a family pet for a $500 bond and a class c misdemeanor. Sadly, this is not unprecedented in Garland, TX. Simply Google “Garland Police Kills Dog” and you will find may stories like ours.Let me state for the record that I as well as many, many others know my boyfriend and loved his dog Boyd. Boyd is a big dog but never aggressive. Boyd hides under the bed when thunderstorms strike or recently during Fourth of July. While there may have been the minimum chargeable amount of marijuana in the house – let me also state that my family and friend are NOT and have NEVER have been involved in ANYTHING that would require a no-knock warrant served by hostile SWAT officers.If there actually even was any kind of “investigation” Garland Police would absolutely know this beyond a shadow of a doubt.Perhaps that is why we were never presented the Affidavit from the Judge stating what in God’s name the police were “supposedly” going to find, that is legally supposed to accompany the warrant. I truly hope that all the officers present that evening went home with their heads hung in shame and embarrassment because they know in their hearts that all they did on Monday, July 9, 2012, was bust a couple of people with a little pot and then murder their dog for it.If you would like to help in this cause please feel free to pass this story to anyone and everyone you can think of that might be helpful. If you would like file a complaint and let Garland Police know how you feel about this you can also go here: http://www.garlandtx.gov/gov/lq/safety/police/admin/complaints.asp or write to Garland Police DepartmentOffice of Internal Affairs1891 Forest Ln.Garland, TX. 75042Phone 972-205-2015Fax 972-485-4801

 

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jimrek
jimrek

Unbelievable... am I the only one outraged about this?  So, the fact that other dogs have not been killed in similar raids makes this one okay?  Aside from wondering how a warrant could have been issued in this case.  A true test of a society is in how they treat animals, as well as one another. 

Bengt Fornberg
Bengt Fornberg

 Their capitalization hardly looks random, unlike your rant.

Nunya
Nunya

The only reason they are getting killed in mexico is because it's illegal.  Do you see people getting wacked over who gets to import tequila into the US?  No you don't.  The war on drugs is causing the violence and death.  Supporting it means you support the violence and death it is causing.

Tim Covington
Tim Covington

Or they do yard work after getting home from work, exercise, or something else that causes them to sweat heavily.

RUSKNATIVE
RUSKNATIVE

 my computer is solid glass...the salesperson TOLD me so....I believe ALL salespeople just like I believe all elected politicians.

RUSKNATIVE
RUSKNATIVE

 alcohol plays hell with antidepresants and speed popping doesn't it Gat?

RUSKNATIVE
RUSKNATIVE

 SO seriAL TROlls CAN FIND SOMETHING TO COMPLAIN about.

RUSKNATIVE
RUSKNATIVE

HOW IS THIS ANY DIFFERENT FROM JUST SETTING A DOG ON FIRE? WHERE IS THE OUTCRY FROM ANIMAL FOLKS? OH....THE DOG DIDN'T SUFFER ENOUGH WITH A DUM DUM TO ITS HEAD? GARLAND....CITY OF INSUFFERABLE LOW CLASS STUPIDS.

Joe L
Joe L

This is outrageous.  There seem to be more and more incidents of police officers wrongly shooting dogs.  The police need to be a great deal more careful about who they give guns to, and such an incident should mean immediate termination.

Roman Belmarez
Roman Belmarez

LoL. Miguel you're coming off like a moron. "Don't do stupid shit to cause a cop to enter your house?" The article said that he was watching two and a half men in his home. "Don't have a dog capable of harming a cop?" Who the fuck picks out a dog based on the assumption that one day the SWAT team might come by? "Well, Carol wanted a Boxer and I wanted a Pitbull but you know how the SWAT team is, so we got a Shitzu instead." Cmon bro

Chase Woolbright
Chase Woolbright

No shit? Just got done readin another article about some sissy ass cop shootin an innocent dog. wtf

Miguel Ortiz
Miguel Ortiz

Ha!!@people being idiots. :P Dogs bites strangers. Cops (and people) don't like being biten. If you don't want your dog shot... don't do stupid shit to cause a cop to enter your house, don't have a dog capable of harming the cop. Now what this cop was said he have done is not right but in most cases it is justified. I know... My dog was almost shot and killed by one... but it would have made total sense to shoot him... I would have if it tried to bite me... pfft.

Ryan Millard
Ryan Millard

Killed a dog for an ounce of weed? Horrible.

Christine Hruska
Christine Hruska

I don't get why this state doesn't love animals the way most others do. Awful. Poor dog was just poorly trained and a second chance would give him hope. Maybe even a drug police dog. All over a measly ounce. That size in legal in CO

Blake Wilson
Blake Wilson

Back off Garland, this is Plano PD's M.O.!

Adam Silva
Adam Silva

This is hardly an isolated incident. It happens far too often.

Peter K Beel
Peter K Beel

Pretty sad SWAT has to be called in to shoot a dog for a bag of weed!

Johnny Christopher Lopez
Johnny Christopher Lopez

What kind of dumb fuck power tripping nerd that got his ass beat all through school and now has a badge and a gun would do this..oh yeah..never mind, FTP!!

Aaron Dietrich
Aaron Dietrich

you kill my dog I kill you, plain and simple......

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