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Jul 21 - A Cop Tried to Shoot a Dog. He Killed Its Owner Instead.



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Jul 21 - A Cop Tried to Shoot a Dog. He k*lled Its Owner Instead.
 

 
The officer was responding to a 911 call to provide a welfare check on a woman who’d reportedly passed out in the grass.

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When a Texas police officer responded to a 911 call to do a welfare check on a woman who’d reportedly passed out near a mall, he found 30-year-old Margarita Brooks lying in the grass not far from the shopping center. He asked her if she was OK, and she responded she was “fine.”

But when Brooks’ dog excitedly ran toward the officer, he acted quickly, firing three shots. He grazed the pooch, but fatally struck the mother of three in the chest.

Now, nearly two years later, Margarita’s father, Troy Brooks, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court against Officer Ravinder Singh and the city of Arlington.

“Ms. Brooks was lying peacefully in the grass and posed no threat,” the lawsuit, which was filed last Thursday, says. “Officer Singh disregarded the risk to Ms. Brooks and fired his gun repeatedly in the direction that he knew she was lying. Ms. Brooks was struck in the chest and died an agonizing death.”

Bodycam footage released by the Arlington Police Department the day after the shooting shows Singh firing shots within seconds of coming into contact with Brooks.

“Is that your dog?” he asks as the dog first approaches, moments before ordering the dog to get back. He then draws his weapon and fires.

“Oh my god, the police shot me,” Brooks screams as Singh reports shots fired.

“Ma’am, get ahold of your dog” is the last thing Singh is heard saying as he approaches Brooks before the video ends. Brooks died of her injuries at the hospital shortly after the shooting. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Brooks’ death a homicide.


Brooks’ dad is suing for $1 million in damages, as well as the cost of his daughter's medical and funeral expenses. The lawsuit also includes the city for issuing the firearm used during the deadly shooting.

“Officer Singh was deliberately indifferent to the risk of Ms. Brooks’ death when he discharged his firearm into her chest,” the lawsuit says. “Officer Singh’s disregard for the risk posed by discharging his firearm precisely in the direction that he knew Ms. Brooks was lying is shocking to the contemporary conscious [sic].”

Lee Merritt, a prominent civil rights attorney, who’s representing the Brooks family, told VICE News that the lawsuit will likely not advance until after Singh’s criminal case moves forward in September. He also acknowledged that in the U.S. Court of Appeals’ Fifth Circuit, a conservative region known to side with officers involved in use of force, this case will be a challenging one to litigate.

“The law is often interpreted to allow law enforcement officers to benefit from qualified immunity in cases where an officer intended to shoot a dog and instead shot a person,” Merritt told VICE News. “We’re hoping to set a precedent in the opposite direction, that when officers’ actions are reckless and foreseeable in terms of the outcome, that they will be held accountable.”

Singh, who joined the Arlington PD in 2012, resigned three months after the shooting, was indicted on negligent homicide charges by a Tarrant County grand jury last September. He faces up to two years in prison if convicted.

Kathy Lowthorp, Singh’s defense attorney in his criminal trial, declined to comment on Brooks’ federal lawsuit. The Arlington Police Department declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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 1 week ago '08        #2
cohs  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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Scary a*s only facing 2 years smh.
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 1 week ago '09        #3
messy marv stan  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x68
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trigger happy cops smh

the dad should shoot the cop....fu*k a trial
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 1 week ago '17        #4
Naga Sadow  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x20
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She was white, he's Indian, he's screwed.
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 1 week ago '15        #5
RIPrjacks23 
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 Naga Sadow said
She was white, he's Indian, he's screwed.
Yeah but for only 2 years..
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 1 week ago '06        #6
mrep3 
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Whew!!! Thank goodness the dog is Ok
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 1 week ago '20        #7
Tweezy12  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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This thread has 4 comments.
Now imagine the officer is white
And the woman was black
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 1 week ago '11        #8
newark4lyfe3 
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The police should make it a requirement to be in the force you can’t be afraid of dogs. And if I’m not mistaken can’t they use a taser or mace?
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 1 week ago '17        #9
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 Tweezy12 said
This thread has 4 comments.
Now imagine the officer is white
And the woman was black
That's because if it was a you described they would've said the shooting was justified.
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 1 week ago '21        #10
Marrero 
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The dog got her k*lled. I refuse to blame a man for shooting at a dog that’s growling at him. She wasn’t unconscious so she should have done something. I guess the dog wasn’t trained.
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 1 week ago '14        #11
longliverick 
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Officer is not wrong at all

The hate for cops here is real

You have your dog and see someone walking up you need to have control of your dog
That thing rushed him and was justifiable to spray that bi*ch up


That owner died for being a retarded dog owner
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 1 week ago '20        #12
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 Naga Sadow said
That's because if it was a you described they would've said the shooting was justified.
Lies, if that man was white and she was black and he was only facing two years it would be a uproar
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 1 week ago '21        #13
nodayzoffatl  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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as a dog lover, cop hater and someone sick of murderous cops
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 1 week ago '14        #14
LavishTaste 
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 mrep3 said
Whew!!! Thank goodness the dog is Ok
Right that’s ALL that matters to white folks.. rip to her!
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 1 week ago '20        #15
Xiox  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Why didn't the dispatcher send ems
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 1 week ago '17        #16
92baby 
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He should get minimum 20 years

You can’t control a woman and her dog

And you’re a cop get him off the streets

Blue lives need training
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 1 week ago '19        #17
Jonnyfive813 
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The dog was far away why don’t he try shooting at the ground first the gunshot alone will scare the dog , these fu*k heads are brainwashed to follow certain “protocol” no matter the situation. Police are Piece of sh*t a*s low iq out of shape a*s humans
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 1 week ago '04        #18
collegeboy58 
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 Tweezy12 said
This thread has 4 comments.
Now imagine the officer is white
And the woman was black
 Tweezy12 said
Lies, if that man was white and she was black and he was only facing two years it would be a uproar
You’re right….why are yt people so indifferent when it comes to police k*lling them?
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 1 week ago '09        #19
slayer2020 
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iS IT ME, OR ARE COPS SOME OF THE BIGGEST IDIOTS IN SOCIETY? Like basic intelligence is lacking.
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 1 week ago '04        #20
NAKHI ALLAH 
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fu*k that he could have used a nightstick or shot it the air
fu*k 12
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 1 week ago '15        #21
He A Savage fr 
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Scary bi*ch

 1 week ago '20        #22
Tweezy12  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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 collegeboy58 said
You’re right….why are yt people so indifferent when it comes to police k*lling them?
Not the point, the point is, y'all would swear if the victim was white the officer would get 50 years
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 1 week ago '04        #23
collegeboy58 
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 Tweezy12 said
Not the point, the point is, y'all would swear if the victim was white the officer would get 50 years
If you look at her FB page, I’m about 98% certain she is white



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 1 week ago '20        #24
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 collegeboy58 said
If you look at her FB page, I’m about 98% certain she is white



I know she is, my point is, if the victim was black and the officer was only facing two years, people would say....ONLY REASON HE ISN'T FACING MORE TIME IS BECAUSE SHES BLACK.... when in reality the law is pretty consistent in how they charge and sentence police officers that unjustifiably shot citizens
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 1 week ago '16        #25
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We need accountability for their actions
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