Evanston aldermen are scheduled to vote Monday on a proposed settlement of a lawsuit filed after an Evanston police officer two years ago fatally shot a dog while responding to a domestic violence call in the 5th Ward.

The incident happened on April 26, 2015, when officers responded to Trinette Lark’s 911 call asking them to help break up a verbal altercation at her home at 2043 Darrow Ave. between her fiance, Clarence Cavines, and her adult daughter.

By the time officers arrived, Cavines had left, and Lark and other family members asked the police to leave. Instead, the complaint said, the police questionned the family members about the whereabouts of Cavines, and some officers went down back stairs to the basement, unaware that a two-year-old German Shepard dog named Chance was leashed to a pole there.

When one officer opened the door to the basement with his gun drawn, he says the dog lunged at him, and he fired five shots, killing the dog.

Earlier this year a federal court judge dismissed some claims against the officers, but ruled that other claims could proceed to trial.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. So in other words…

    So I assume by this article saying, “the complaint said”, means this is her side of the story only. It would be interesting to hear both sides of the story. 

    1. It would be interesting

      …if you’d read the fourth paragraph of the story. Brief version of police account of how the dog came to be shot is there.

      — Bill


    2. Fair Price

      If the city insists on paying for the dog, $ 350 would be fair. 50k would be a really big gift and another big mistake by the city’s legal staff.

  2. Good thing the dog was not a

    Good thing the dog was not a Golden Retriever from the Evanston north side. The city could have been staring down a bill 10 times higher.

  3. Who is really responsible?

    What percentage of this $50,000 is the officer responsible for?  Is there any deterrant effect at all to prevent this from happening again?  

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