Peace , Love & Justice for Cisco

15 Apr
Cisco as a puppy.

Cisco as a puppy.

 You Kittens know that I totally ban all political fucktardery from this and my FaceBook Page. I am making an exception, because Cisco’s story must be told. You know I am a big, BIG animal advocate. Without my retarded gang of Rebel Crabbit, China the Zombie Dog, Trixie the Co Dependant Fox dog, Dexter the Serial Killer Chihuahua and Tiger the Freeloader cat, well, life just wouldn’t be fun. I was in the middle of writing a bitching rant when the FB post (copied below) popped up.

I am quite literally in tears after having read this. I can not even begin to imagine what Mike, Cisco’s Daddy, must be feeling tonight. Aside from lonely, broken and helpless; the pain can’t be measured. As you will read below, an Austin Police Department “officer” was at the WRONG address, shot and killed Cisco in his yard as Mike stood helpless. The “officer” did not apologize but blamed MIKE for Cisco’s death because Cisco wasn’t on a leash in HIS OWN YARD!!!

Not. Even. An . Apology.

Now I am just going to take the liberty of sharing this in hopes that our little club of crazies can put some momentum behind justice for Cisco. There are 10,000 of us reading this blog everyday, 55.5 thousand of us on the FaceBook page and a combined reach of 2.8 million people. Between us all “liking”, “sharing” , calling APD and emailing- surely we can help comfort Mike and get some sort of justice for Cisco.

After you read Cisco’s story below, I hope you will take action by lodging a complaint to APD. Here is the information I found on their site: www.austintexas.gov

* Office of the Police Monitor:  (p) 512.974.9090  (f) 512.974.6306 (w) www.austintexa.gov/department/police-monitor

*Officer Misconduct: (p) 512.974.5200

An  account of Cisco’s last day, written by Candace Michele

I am usually not one to get into the politics of people’s opinions of law enforcement. I know there are good and bad people in every walk of life, but I always try to give the benefit of the doubt to those that are in a position to “protect and serve”. But yesterday, a harsh reality was “served” when I received a phone call from a very near and dear person to me. The words I heard

Cisco grown up & happy

Cisco grown up & happy

coming through my phone were nothing I would have expected in a million years—a very distraught voice saying, “The cops just shot and killed Cisco! They killed my best friend!” In shock, I asked what had happened. At the time, I only got a very brief description, as Michael Paxton was in shock and traumatized over the horrific loss of his dog. I immediately drove to his place (which is about 30 minutes away). When I arrived, I found him clutching Cisco’s body, crying and trying to understand what had just transpired.

Apparently, unbeknown to Mike, there was a domestic disturbance between a male and a female in his neighborhood, and the Austin Police Dept was called in. Unfortunately (seems like such an understatement), Mike found out quickly about the call when he walked into his driveway from his back yard where he and Cisco, his Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Healer), had been playing frisbee. Police officer T. Griffin, Badge #6778, was standing behind Mike’s vehicle, in his driveway. Before Mike even realized Officer Griffin was there, the officer had pulled his gun on Mike, yelling at him to freeze and put his hands up. In a panic, Mike stated to the officer that he lives there, and asked what and why this was happening.

Hearing the commotion, Cisco came from the back yard and into the driveway, barking at the officer, as any dog would do. Mike’s hands in the air, a gun pointed at him, he was afraid for his life, and therefore could not move or attempt to quiet or restrain Cisco. He told the officer that Cisco would not bite him, to please not shoot his dog. Almost immediately, a bullet was put into Cisco’s chest, killing him instantly. Mike still leaned against his truck, unable to move, was not allowed to even hold his best friend as he took the last breath of his abruptly-shortened life.

As was realized after this horrific event had transpired, THE COP WAS AT THE WRONG ADDRESS!!! An innocent man was traumatized by not only having a gun pulled on him by someone that is supposed to be there “to protect and to serve”, but his best friend of seven-and-a-half years was wrongly shot and killed. FOR WHAT?! Because Officer Griffin did not confirm where he was supposed to be before these events transpired!

Nothing will likely happen to Officer Griffin for any of this, as his supervisor arrived after everything took place, and she defended his actions. Mike was given the officers’ information, as well as a phone number to call, if desired. No apologies, no sympathy. Nothing. The officer even told Mike that Cisco should have been on a leash! IN HIS OWN YARD?! ARE YOU SERIOUS?!

We ended up taking Cisco’s body to be buried at a friend’s house, out in the country. Four of us spent two hours digging and breaking through limestone-filled ground, to make a hole large enough to lay to rest this man’s best friend and companion.
There are so many things wrong with this situation, that I just can’t even express it in words. My heart aches for you Mike. I know how much you love Cisco, and how much Cisco loved you. Although I am not sure what justice can or will be served in this case, your story will not go unheard. Along with many of your friends, in an effort to gain some sort of justice for you and Cisco, I am tagging all of our local news media here to get the word out.

This type of excessive force has GOT to be stopped. There needs to be consequences for behaviors such as this. There needs to be a system of “checks and balances” used, to be certain this type of thing doesn’t happen anymore—none of this would have occurred, had the officer just VERIFIED THE CORRECT ADDRESS before pulling a gun on Mike and his dog. I urge anyone and everyone that reads this, to please share this story, and let it be known that these happenings aren’t just things we read about going on in some “other city”, but right here, seriously affecting people we know and love.

Share, Like, Email and call. Next time this “officer” ,or another, can’t at least respond to the correct address; it will be your pet, your child or you.

 I hope you will take action by lodging a complaint to APD. Here is the information I found on their site: www.austintexas.gov

* Office of the Police Monitor: (p) 512.974.9090 (f) 512.974.6306 (w) www.austintexa.gov/department/police-monitor

*Officer Misconduct: (p) 512.974.5200

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10 Responses to “Peace , Love & Justice for Cisco”

  1. swishersweetie2000 April 20, 2012 at 6:48 PM #

    Oh my goodness! Usually reading your blog has me in tears from trying to control my hysterical laughter in class, but this time it’s from being so sad. My classmates are going to think I’m unbalanced. But this is such a sad story-poor baby!

  2. Linda Caplin April 17, 2012 at 1:39 AM #

    This is all so sad and traumatizing. I have 8 rescue animals and would be devestated if any of them were killed. My son is a cop and I may have some insight as to what might have happened. The officer got a call to respond to a domestic disturbance at a specified address. Domestic situations are often very volatile and unpredictable for the cop. Drawing his gun may not have been that unusual when the officer thought he was at the right address. Apparently, he was trying to determine who mike was when cisco unfortunately came out to protect his person and his territory. The report indicated that the dashcam showed that cisco was attacking the cop. It was a horrifying incident and I personally think the officer should apologize to mike, but that may not be department policy. I don’t know what happened any more than anyone else writing in, but those are my thoughts and I dint think the officer or apd is guilty of abuse of power.

  3. Crystal April 16, 2012 at 7:04 PM #

    As a dog lover and a dog ownere, it makes me sick to see that officers could care less for our furry family members. Shooting someone’s dog for being it’s own yard?! what a crock of shit.

  4. Anonymous April 16, 2012 at 6:15 PM #

    this is horrible! I deeply love animals. I have 4 dogs & a cat. This officer { if u can call him that! } should be charged with animal cruelity! I had a cat a few yrs. ago that was killed by my neighbor just because. the law did nothing! our police systems r very bad now, and something should be done! I am so sorry for this owner & his pet. the dog was enjoying playing, and had no idea what was gonna happen. I will for sure complain with an email, and hope for justice for Mike & Cisco!!!

  5. Anonymous April 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM #

    outrageous. my mothers cat was shot off a fence on her 13th birthday by a cop trying to impress his girlfriend. shared.

  6. JC Rx April 16, 2012 at 4:37 AM #

    Thank you!

  7. Kimberly Mcbride Eastburn April 16, 2012 at 1:25 AM #

    I want to thank you for sharing this with your readers. We are grateful that you have chosen to help us get the word out about Cisco and Mike.

    • Honey Badger Press April 16, 2012 at 10:45 AM #

      You bet! Let me know if there is anything more I can do to help ❤

      • Candace Michele April 16, 2012 at 11:36 PM #

        Thank you so much for helping to spread the word. I urge everyone to check http://www.facebook.com/JusticeForCisco and see all the interviews and coverage, as well as the released evidence showing the unjust killing of Cisco. Thanks for the support! ~C~

  8. Anonymous April 16, 2012 at 12:53 AM #

    pissed & apalled!!! sharing,complaining & raising hell!! Justice for Mike & Cisco! R.I.P.<3

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