The NYPD is under fire yet again after an officer was caught on tape murdering an innocent family pet without being attacked or even threatened by the friendly animal.
The officer — who the NYPD refuses to name — instantly drew his weapon upon seeing the pet, and shot the friendly dog straight in the head just moments after it arrived at the door to greet the officers with its tail playfully wagging.
Two police officers were responding to a call at a neighboring apartment in the Bronx when Yvonne Rosado opened her door to see what the commotion was about.
Surveillance footage obtained by the New York Daily News shows her four-year-old pitbull, Spike, wandering out into the hallway and excitedly wagging his tail. The barking dog – who seems more playful than aggressive – approaches one of the cops, who has already withdrawn his gun.
The spooked police officer backs down the stairwell before opening fire, fatally wounding Spike with a single gunshot to the head.
The cop, who the NYPD has refused to name, is then seen backing away down the stairs as furious relatives and friends of Ms Rosado stream out of their apartments.
Ms Rosado said: ‘The officer just reacted badly. I was screaming, “He’s friendly! He’s friendly!” But he still did that to my dog.’ She told the Daily News that her beloved pooch was ‘a gentle giant’ and her ‘big snuffleupagas’. ‘He would wag his tail letting everyone know he was friendly,’ she added.
Ms Rosado said the officers have not explained why her dog was killed and that she is yet to receive an apology.