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The Pain of Having Your Dog Shot and Killed by Police

Oct 06, 2016 | 831 videos
Video by Andrea B. Scott

The use of force by police who have become increasingly militarized has also impacted family pets. The short documentary Just A Dog, by Andrea B. Scott, tells the story of how one African American family’s pet dog, Seven, was killed by police on the family’s private property in Hartford, Connecticut. The family sued the police department for unjustly killing the dog under false pretenses that there was a gun on the property. The moral of the film seems to be that police disregard for the lives of African Americans extends to their pets as well, and that the system continues to fail them in the pursuit of justice. “With everything going on, it’s kind of hard to be convinced that they’re on my side,” says the dog’s owner, who goes by K in the film. “You took my best friend, you’re killing black people, I mean, you can’t work with a dog how do we expect you to work with people?”

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