Posted by copwatch | Tue, 07/24/2012 - 10:10am story
His name was "Dude". He was a dog. He was owned by Wesley Simmons, a summer traveler in Berkeley. Dude was a beloved member of the People's Park community.
On July 21, 2012 at 12:30 a.m. Dude was chained to the water spigot on the west end of People's Park near his owner, Wesley Simmons. Uniformed UC Berkely officer Kevin Doughty came into the park near Wesley and Dude barked. Officer Doughty pulled his gun and shot Dude twice killing him instantly.
People in the Park feel this is ONE MORE ACT OF INTIMIDATION OF PEOPLE IN THE PARK LETTING THEM KNOW THEIR PETS CAN BE KILLED IN THE PARK WITH NO ACCOUNTABILITY AND IS ONE MORE STEP TO KILLING ONE OF THEM. Every person we talked to said the UC Berkeley Police has been even more aggressive than usual trying to intimidate the people in the park. This is an on-going problem and is perpetuated by UC Berkeley Police as well as Devon, the director of the People's Park.
Witnesses Richard Knowles and others have confirmed that Dude was chained up when he was killed and there was no reason to kill Dude other than the fact Officer Doughty could do it.