Apollo was only 14-months-old when a police officer shot and killed him. This German shepherd-pit bull mix was especially affectionate to six-year-old Alexis Gamino.
“He made me laugh a lot,” Alexis said of her dog..
All of that changed when a police officer from the Hometown Illinois Police Department shot Apollo.
But while the community is happy to see the dog-killing officer go, some are asking why killing a dog is taken more seriously than shooting unarmed African American human beings.
Eye-witnesses said that an officer from the Hometown Illinois Police Department shot the dog in front of young Alexis.
“My quick reaction was to grab her and run inside because she fell to the floor and started screaming,” Nicole Echlina, Alexis’ mother said.
Apollo had run out of the front door when Echlin tried calling the puppy back. But in the front yard Apollo saw the cop who would shoot him. He growled at the cop who he viewed as a trespasser, and without hesitation, the officer shot and killed him, showing no remorse.
“He just said it had to be done. He walked up to me, told me that and walked away,” Echlin sadly recalled.
The community set up a Facebook page called “Justice for Apollo,” and the officer was promptly placed on administrative leave. After a short investigation was conducted, the 15-year veteran of the department was canned.
“This has been really an emotional roller coaster for the community, naturally for the victim’s family, my heart goes out to them, and it’s been an emotional roller coaster for my police department,” Chief Charles Forsyth, of the Hometown Illinois Police Department, explained.
But in cities such as Ferguson, Missouri and Beavercreek, Ohio, the community has demanded, begged, pleaded then demanded some more for there to be a similar reaction to the shooting of unarmed, African American males.
Why is it that society at large, and police departments specifically, seem to have more empathy for canines than for human beings of African descent?
(Article by Shante Wooten and James Achisa)