Dog’s death to cost city $50,000


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.

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