Connecticut’s capital city has agreed to pay $885,000 to a family whose dog was killed by two police officers 11 years ago.
The Hartford Courant reports it also indemnifies the officers. The settlement, approved by the city council on Monday night, includes damages and legal costs.
Hartford police Sgts. Johnmichael O’Hare and Anthony Pia entered a fenced yard without a warrant in 2006 after receiving a bad tip that weapons had been stashed in an abandoned car.
The officers said they fatally shot one of Glen Harris’ pet Saint Bernards in front of Harris’ daughter when the animal growled and sprinted at them.
— No amount of money will bring back man’s best friend, but nearly $900,000 will help ease the pain. HARTFORD, Conn.
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Harris filed a federal civil rights lawsuit saying they suffered emotional distress and his family’s constitutional rights were violated.