We at Lucky Dog are truly amazed and humbled by the outpouring of support we have received in the wake of Parrot's tragic and unwarranted death. We have received numerous questions about the incident, and, because news outlets have varied significantly in recounting what happened, we have spoken to as many eye witnesses as possible, and have requested and obtained the official police report. We believe there are a few things to note in this report, found on page 2.
1. The report only one alleged bite - that to Officer Fike. The injury is classified as an abrasion and described as scratching on the hand and wrist. Officer Fike declined any medical care resulting from his injury. Many eye witnesses state that Parrot did not bite or even attempt to bite anyone at any point during the police intervention.
2. Aaron Block was not bitten. The police report confirms this as do Aaron's own statements.
3. According to multiple eye witnesses, Parrot had already been subdued and was being held securely by his foster, Aaron Block, when the police arrived on the scene. Parrot was not "out of control."
4. Parrot did not charge the officer after being thrown down the concrete stairwell. A witness who was standing on the Brass Doorknob's porch saw what transpired in the stairwell. He told us that Parrot was stunned from the fall and had only just gotten to his feet when the officer drew his gun and opened fire without provocation.
"There are alot of comments being generated on this tragedy, some factual and some not. What I can add is contradictory to the comment attributed to Jacob Kishter, Commander of the 3rd Police District and reported in the Washington Post today - "once the officer pushed the dog down the stairwell" - is not at all what happened. As seen in the photo showing the officer had control of the dog, he held the top of dog's head and the skin on his back and walked over to the stairwell railing and THREW the dog from chest height down to the bottom - a height of between 9 and 10 feet. This I saw because I was standing at the doorway of the business where the dog was killed. As I turned away, in 1 - 3 seconds a single shot rang out. I then went out on the platform above the stairwell, and saw the dying dog's head was nearly on top of the floor drain next to the locked gate at the bottom of the steps FACING away from the steps.."
Descriptions can be found at: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/crime-scene/matt-zapotosky/should-police-have-shot-parrot.html
We've set up a blog where people can read about and share their memories of Parrot.
Click Page 2 for DC MPD Incident-Based Event Report.
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