The New York City police officer who shot and killed a dog with a wagging tail while its owner yelled “he’s friendly! he’s friendly!” abused his authority, the Civilian Complaint Review Board determined
The review board also substantiated charges against two fellow officers who were with NYPD officer Ruben Cuesta that day, forcing their way into the building that on February 13, according to the New York Daily News.
The cops were at the building responding to a domestic violence call at another apartment when Yvonne Rosado opened her door and her pit bull, Spike, came running out, wagging its tail.
Cuesta feared for his life and shot the dog, then scurried down the stairs.
Rosado, who was dressed in her undergarments, appeared to go into shock, placing her body over her dog as it slowly died, wagging its tail.
She then walked down the stairs to confront the cop, slipping and falling on the dog’s blood, before taking several swings at Cuesta.
The cops restrained her and she was not charged.
Now that the civilian review board made its determination that the cops abused their authority, the NYPD will conduct its own investigation, taking the board’s recommendations into consideration.
In other words, they can easily come up with a completely different determination, saying Cuenta feared for his life, which would make it justified.
After they killed the dog, they had it cremated, sticking Rosada with the bill if she wanted to have her dog’s remains
In 2010, the NYPD killed her legless cat, Bebe, breaking its neck during the search of another apartment, according to the New York Daily News.
Rosada has filed a lawsuit against the city over the latest incident. Cuesta remains on-duty.