Last May, 23-year-old Tiffanie Hupp was aggressively arrested and charged with obstruction of justice for positioning herself in front of a gun pointed at her dog Buddy–who was chained to the house.
According to Daily Mail, West Virginia state trooper Seth Cook was called to the Hupp property to diffuse an altercation between Tiffanie’s step-father and a neighbor. When he motioned toward the front door, Buddy began barking and ran toward him, eventually restrained by the chain.
That’s when Cook recklessly pulled out his handgun and pointed it between the dog’s eyes.
Hoop’s husband then took out his phone to film the incident while Tiffanie ran outside to position herself in front of her pup, risking taking a bullet for her pet. Watch the intense footage below:
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After the video was shot, Officer Cook then went inside their home to confiscate electronic devices, including Mr Hupp’s cell phone.
When Tiffanie’s case was taken to trial, which ended February 29th, Cook told the jury that he had been trained to shoot dogs, whether chained or unchained. Um.
The jury rightfully acquitted Tiffanie of obstructing justice.
After the trial, Hupp told local blog Photography Is Not A Crime:
‘If it wasn’t for him recording, there’d be nothing.
‘He knew about police brutaty before I did. But that’s why the camera is shaking, because of the adrenaline.
‘When they read those words “not guilty”, we were relieved. It’s hard to describe the feeling unless it’s actually happening to you. Justice is good, though.’
It takes a special kind of monster to so eagerly point a handgun at a fucking leashed pup. Do less, Officer Cook. Better yet, do nothing.
[h/t Daily Mail]