A horrifying video has emerged from Crawford County in the U.S. state of Georgia showing two police officers killing a dog and forcing the owner to cut its head off in front of his kids.
Joe Nathan Goodwin, the dog owner who filmed the incident and submitted it to the Free Though Project, alleges the officers forced him to cut his own dog’s head off after one of them was ‘forced’ to gun down the canine to save his life.
Further, Goodwin claimed the officers demanded he cuts the slain dog’s head off to test for rabies, a deadly virus capable of spreading to humans from the saliva of infected animals.
Knowing very well that the officers were overstepping their bounds, Goodwin protested and refused to comply with the orders.
“I tell you what? I will take you to jail and charge you,” one of the officers told Goodwin.
Goodwin asked sharply: “Charge me with what?”
“When I get there, I’ll give you the charges,” the officer responded, unable to cite a law that could justify police brutality.
“What law did I break?” Goodwin demanded further.
“We asking you to cut…remove the dog’s head,” the officer explained.
At this stage, the officer identified himself in a bid to shutdown Goodwin.
“I’m gonna tell you something right now. I’m investigator Hollis. You’re not gonna talk to me nor my deputy like that,” the officer threatened before he moved to assault Goodwin.
Despite the assault, Goodwin refused to cut his own dog’s head off, telling the officers he doesn’t know how to do it. “We don’t know this process either,” Hollis replied.
After shooting the dog to death and his owner refusing to cut off his dog’s head, the cops assaulted Goodwin and threw him down on the hood of his truck for demanding answers for the cold blooded murder.
Later, the officers overpowered and coerced Goodwin to cut the dog’s head without any protective equipment.
The Free Thought Project reports:
“It is important to note that removing the head of an animal is standard procedure for health departments when testing an animal for rabies. However, this is supposed to be done by professionals who know what they are doing—not a dad who just watched his dog get killed.”
According to Georgia law, submission of brain tissue for testing must be coordinated with the environmental health section of the county health department and/or animal control agency. This clearly was not happening at Goodwin’s property.
Goodwin is now looking for an attorney to seek justice in court. If you know a good attorney who stands for pet owners, you can get in touch with Goodwin via Facebook.