An Austin, TX dog owner said he was playing Frisbee in his yard with his dog when a police officer arrived, drew his weapon and told him to freeze. When the friendly dog approached the officer to greet him, the policeman took aim and shot him dead. Now a Facebook page created by Michael Paxton is gaining fans at a blistering pace as those opposed to the shooting assemble online to protest the incident. Paxton says he created Justice for Cisco for the sake of awareness: the dog lover says no one should ever have face the same circumstances.
A spokesman for the Austin Police Department has confirmed that an officer responded to the 2600 block of East 5th Street Saturday at 4:42 p.m. The call came from Paxton’s neighbor after a man and his girlfriend were heard fighting.
Unfortunately, the officer accidentally responded to the wrong address. Paxton said he clearly told the officer that his dog would not hurt him, but the officer ignored him and fired anyway. Cisco went down and never got back up.
The APD acknowledges that the case is under review. Until that review takes place, the officer who shot Cisco, Officer Thomas Griffin, remains on duty. That’s not going over well with dog lovers who would prefer to see him suspended pending the outcome of the review: in a press conference Monday, an APD spokesperson said the department has been flooded with hate calls.