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Justice for Gunner? Protesters say higher police coaching can be a very good begin


The temper was critical however relaxed as about 100 individuals, many bearing indicators and carrying #JusticeForGunner t-shirts, peacefully gathered in entrance of Lebanon Metropolis Corridor Wednesday night to voice their unhappiness over the July 6 deadly capturing of Gunner, the 15-month-old canine shot to demise by metropolis officers.

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Marchers of all ages, many with canines, assembled within the car parking zone behind Metropolis Corridor, then proceeded up seventh Avenue to Cumberland Avenue, the place they gathered round the principle entrance.

Gunner’s capturing was caught on video by a neighbor and posted on social media.

Gunner’s house owners, Jacklyn and Jamie Shughart, together with many who’ve seen the video, preserve that Gunner was scared however not aggressive towards officers when he was shot.

Town maintains that Gunner’s capturing was justified.

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FOX43 Information reviews that Lebanon Mayor Sherry Capello says police body-worn cameras present that the capturing was needed. Capello mentioned an inside investigation is underway, however there are not any plans to launch the physique cam video.

There have been no featured audio system, however Jacklyn and Jamie Shughart patiently answered questions from reporters for over an hour.

Chants of “We would like justice!” and “Justice for Gunner!” spontaneously broke out as passing motorists and truck drivers honked in assist.

Neither Capello nor Police Chief Todd Breiner spoke to the gang.

Gunner’s house owners, Jamie and Jacklyn Shughart. (LebTown)

Requested what “justice for Gunner” can be, Jacklyn Shughart mentioned “in an ideal world, I’d get my canine again.” Requested what might be executed wanting bringing Gunner again, she mentioned “that can come out when our lawyer delivers one thing to the police.”

Jacklyn’s husband, Jamie, mentioned “what we would like out of that is for different canines sooner or later to by no means be handled like this.”

Shughart mentioned the household has retained lawyer Kristina Bergsten of Philadelphia’s The Animal Legislation Agency, however wouldn’t say whether or not a lawsuit is deliberate. Bergsten couldn’t be reached for remark by publication time.

Marchers in entrance of Metropolis Corridor. (LebTown)

Many within the crowd thought that justice for Gunner ought to at a minimal embody higher coaching for law enforcement officials who must deal with terrified or aggressive canines.

“I do know there are people who find themselves providing to assist the police be taught to deal with stray canines,” mentioned Palmyra resident Tace Popp. “I feel in the long term this might be a optimistic.”

Marcher Brittany Osiecki mentioned Gunner’s demise ought to be used “to boost consciousness, as a result of clearly the cop had no thought what he was doing. Extra cops must be taught the precise procedures.”

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