An internal investigation is underway, but the officer, James Freeman, has not been reprimanded for his actions yet.
Trigger warning: This story contains graphic details and video of an animal being killed that readers may find disturbing
A family from Greenbrier, WV is desperate for answers after an officer shot their dog dead, according to KARK. A video on Twitter begins with a visual of the dead dog and Investigator James Freeman of the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office in the background. The person who took the video, Chris Coiner, lives at the home where Freeman shot the dog. Coiner revealed that Freeman allegedly shot the dog dead just because it was barking. In the video, Coiner asks Freeman “Wait right there. What is your name? What’s your name?” as he apparently tries to leave, in the video. Freeman reveals the name of the person he was looking for.
WARNING GRAPHIC ⚠️ Police officer in Arkansas shot a family's dog after going to the wrong address pic.twitter.com/IzujAlybRT— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) November 15, 2020
“I’m Investigator Freeman with the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office. … I’m looking for Samuel,” Freeman responds. “At what address?” Coiner asks. He looks at the paper in his hand and reveals the address he was looking for is “72 A.” That's when Coiner realizes that Freeman is on the wrong property. He loses his temper and says, “Over there, you goddamn moron! Get off my property, you motherf*cker!” Meanwhile, it has been reported that the sheriff’s office is conducting an internal investigation of the incident. However, Freeman has not been reprimanded for his actions.
Unmarked truck on his property shooting a firearm. Should have shot back— DJ (@Union_Sports_) November 15, 2020
According to a spokesperson, Freeman “was in Greenbrier for a sex offender compliance check but went to the wrong home.” “My daughter was coming to the door and said somebody was in the driveway,” Coiner described. “Just a blue pickup, unmarked. Before I was even around the corner here, I heard a shot, and the officer had shot my dog right here in the yard for barking at him. My girlfriend watched it out the window; the dog was not attacking him, the dog was barking, in my yard, on private property.” A spokesperson for the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office, Erinn Stone, said: “Freeman was conducting a sex offender compliance check at 72 Autumn Hills Road."
Why is James freeman still on duty?@FaulknerCounty he should be suspended without pay immediately then fired.— Dennis Chaney (@dachaney) November 15, 2020
Here are the government emails for Matt Rices & Sheriff Tim Rylas [email protected] and [email protected] in case anybody wants to let them know how you feel.
"A person living there allegedly told Freeman the offender possibly lives next door.” Coiner accused Freeman of knowing he was at the wrong address all along. “I didn’t know this at the time, but I had found out he had already been to 72, which was the right address, so he knew he was not at the right address, and he shot my dog for barking at him,” Coiner told the outlet. Coiner also mentioned that Freeman continues to be on-duty even after the incident. “He’s at work today, and my protecting guard dog here will never work again because he killed him yesterday,” he said.
Too f*cking true. I'm so sorry. My tears help nothing but it breaks my heart into a million pieces every time there is a senseless loss created by some POS with a gun and a badge and no thought for the value of a life.— Joe Biden is Your President-Elect, Too. (@jenksie63) November 15, 2020
People were livid about the whole situation and they took to Facebook to share their grief. Candace Collins shared: Cop had no ID, and drove up in unmarked vehicle. He gets out of vehicle and instantly shoots dog. Anything happens to that cop is considered self-defense. Joseph Brown added: The sound of the heartbreak in his voice, is Undeniably understandable there are some truly f**ked Up individuals in authority positions in this country. Nathan Buchanan added: Don’t expect the cop to get in trouble. If they don’t get in trouble for killing innocent humans, what makes you think they will for a dog? Cop probably got a medal or a raise.
I am crying. I NEVER CRY! But I can't imagine how I would be screaming if that happened to my dog.— 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸ShoalBear🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@ShoalBear) November 15, 2020