Community protests dog shooting, demands justice for Chloe

COMMERCE CITY - More than a hundred people showed up Saturday afternoon to protest the fatal shooting of a dog in Commerce City.

Protestors held signs, chanted and took turns addressing the gathering through a bullhorn, demanding justice for Chloe, a pit bull mix who was fatally shot by a Commerce City police officer on Nov. 24 after it had gotten loose from a dog sitter.

The shooting caused a public outrage after a home video shot by a neighbor captured the shooting.

“The dog was not aggressive like the police report says,” said resident Lorena Rose. “I mean that is something anyone can see.”

Commerce City police said the shooting was justified but stated they would open an investigation into the matter after the video became public.

Protest organizers said they have collected over 15,000 signatures on a petition. The group also plans on protesting Monday night’s city council meeting and plan on having members speak to the council.

Commerce City police went through training on how to handle dangerous dog situations after a similar incident in 2010.

“You wonder if they were paying attention,” said resident Betsy Tribble.

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