Isn’t anyone checking these guys for psychological stability and former anger problems? I sincerely doubt that this is the first time Cockfield has “acted out” in this way.
And where were the other cops and the trainer while Cockfield was brutalizing Duke?
Thanks to Roxie’s furmom Karen for barking in this news from Local10.com.
Police Officer Charged In K-9 Partner’s Death
German Shepherd Became Unconscious During Training Exercise
May 30, 2007
MIAMI — A 27-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department was arrested Wednesday after being charged with animal cruelty and an offense against a police dog.
Sgt. Allen Cockfield turned himself in Wednesday afternoon to investigators at the Turner-Gilford Knight Correctional Center after an arrest warrant was issued by the State Attorney’s office.
The charges stem from an incident in which a 4-year-old K-9 named “Duke” collapsed on June 7, 2006, during training. The German Shepherd was rushed to Knowles Animal Clinic, where he later died.
A source told Local 10 that Duke had barked when he wasn’t supposed to during a training exercise at the Miami Dade Training Bureau. He was participating in training with the rest of the K-9 unit. The source said that after Duke barked, Cockfield “lost it” and kicked the dog several times.
Cockfield shook the dog, and when he realized the dog was unconscious, he rushed him to the clinic, according to the source. Cockfield had been a K-9 officer for 25 years and had no record of any problems, Local 10 reported.