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Dog shooting update: Lawsuit filed against cop found not guilty, Commerce City

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Price's attorneys contended that their client had acted in defense of the community service officer, who was having difficulty controlling Chloe on the catch pole even after the animal had been tased. Their argument is that the dog was charging at her when Price opened fire.

The jury ultimately sided with Price -- and shortly after its verdict, Commerce City released the following statement:

"We thank the jury for a thoughtful conclusion to an emotionally charged event. Commerce City places the highest value on the safety and well-being of our community, our citizens and our employees. Our police department is committed to the vision of setting the standard of excellence for public safety and service in the region. Now that the verdict has been rendered, the chief of police will complete the administrative review, taking the appropriate next steps to positively move the department forward."
Even before the review's completion, however, Price, who's been on administrative leave, will return to duty.

Gary Branson, the dog's owner, was far less pleased by the trial's resolution. In a conversation with 7News, he shared his view that the incident could have been handled better and suggested that he will file a civil lawsuit against Price.

The reaction on the Justice for Chloe Facebook page was much less politic. A post-verdict timeline post reads:

There are times when I am embarrassed to be part of the human race. This is one of those times. Humans fail animals every single day and here again humans have failed Chloe. Here was the opportunity to hold an officer accountable for his out of control actions. Videos do NOT lie and the video clearly shows he was WRONG in his actions. It is because of the actions of some that the police as a whole are not respected, that they are feared and hated, and why the majority do not believe in justice. It has NEVER been about revenge but about holding Price and others like him accountable for their actions. For those that have criticized the motives of this page, the admins, and others like it let's see how you feel when it is YOUR pet that is murdered. Let's see if you will be so forgiving and critical then. Although I am deeply disappointed in the jury and our legal system this will only serve to strengthen my resolve and make me work all the harder for change. It WILL happen because we will NOT give up or give in. That I promise.
Look below to see the 7News report, followed by raw footage of the events that led to Chloe's death.

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