Demonstrators Show Support of Dog Shot by Police Officer in North Idaho

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DEVIN HEILMAN / CDA PRESS
  • Devin Heilman / CDA Press

According to the Coeur d'Alene Press, nearly 100 protesters showed up in downtown Coeur d'Alene on Sunday morning, armed with picket signs calling for "justice for Arfee," a 2-year-old black Lab shot and killed by Coeur d'Alene Police Officer David Kelley in July. 

The dog was inside a van parked outside a coffee shop when Kelley said it lunged at him. In a recent press conference, the police chief stated that according to a review panel, the shooting was not justified.

It took two months for the investigation to wrap up its findings.

Kelley was responding to a report—which turned out to be mistaken—that the van had been seen suspiciously prowling near children. When Kelley walked around the vehicle with his weapon drawn, the dog inside reportedly became aggressive and started to lunge through a partially open window. The officer fired one shot through the window, killing the dog while his owner—Craig Jones, of Colorado—was inside, eating breakfast.

Kelley, who has 17 years of law enforcement experience, is thought to have panicked and shot the dog out of fear. The goal of the rally, according to organizer Kiela Long, was to "do away with the officer. Get him off the force."

Protesters held signs with paw prints and phrases like, "Stop police violence," and "Fire trigger happy cops."

Arfee's killing came after another Idaho's police officer faced harsh international criticism for shooting "Hooch," a 7-year-old black Lab in his owner's front yard in Filer.