FW: Sign petition for elk killed by Colorado police
In Defense of Animals
Sign Petition: Fire And Prosecute Police Officers In Illegal
Killing Of A Boulder, Colorado Neighborhood Elk
Please sign this petition asking Colorado officials to fire and prosecute officers Sam Carter and Brent Curnow for the death of the elk known as Big Boy.
On January 1, the beloved male elk who had been frequenting the Mapleton Hill area of Boulder, Colorado was shot dead by on-duty police officer Sam Carter. Officer Carter posed with the dead body shortly after killing Big Boy, a name given to the elk by residents of the area. He then called fellow officer Brent Curnow, who was off-duty, to come and collect the animal for butchering.
Both officers failed to report the incident to their dispatch or supervisors at the Boulder Police Department. They also didn't report the incident to Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, which is also required.
Officer Carter has given conflicting accounts of why he shot Big Boy. He first told investigators that Big Boy appeared injured and that he was putting him out of his misery. He also told investigators that Big Boy was aggressive and that's why he fired. Both of these stories have been contradicted by neighbors who saw Big Boy on an almost daily basis, including those who saw Big Boy just hours before he was killed.
Officer Carter acted recklessly, needlessly firing a shotgun in a heavily populated residential area. And not reporting the incident is a violation of the law he is sworn to uphold. Click here to sign the petition!
At the least Big Boy's killing violates Samson's Law, which was passed after a similar incident in 1998 where a poacher killed another beloved neighborhood elk. Samson's Law is meant to protect animals from unscrupulous hunters. Animals protected under this law are those with six-point antlers or larger. Anyone caught killing one of these protected animals faces a fine up to $10,000 and other criminal penalties.
Officers Carter and Curnow should be fired by the Boulder Police Department and charged in the reckless killing of Big Boy.
Please click here to sign the petition asking Colorado officials to fire and prosecute both officers.
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