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Officer Threatens To Shoot Man And His Dog (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Police Officer Matt Bigoni is under investigation by the Portland Police Bureau in Oregon after allegedly threatening to shoot Christopher Lee Fish and Fish's dog on Sept. 26, 2016 (video below).

Bigoni made the threats when Fish refused to come out of his motor home, reports The Oregonian.

Police said Fish was wanted for violating his probation on a misdemeanor conviction.

Fish recorded part of the 25-minute encounter on his cellphone from inside his motor home. While the video is dark, the audio picks up Bigoni threatening to shoot Fish and the dog.

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"Stop moving your f***ing hands or I'm going to shoot you in your head!" Bigoni shouts.

"Hey Chris, bad things are going to happen when we come in, Chris," Bigoni warns. "That dog is going to get shot if it comes out here, do you understand?"

Bigoni seems to refer to Ernest Hemingway's book "For Whom The Bell Tolls" in another threat: "Listen to the bell, Chris. It tolls for thee."

"Put your f***ing hands up or I'm going to shoot you in your head!" Bigoni shouts. "Alright. Pepper. Pepper. Break that window."

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Bigoni and two other officers eventually burst into the motor home to arrest Fish, who was repeatedly punched in the face, and had fractures to his eye socket and nose.

Fish said he got down on his knees and placed his hands behind his back, but police insisted he resisted handcuffing and flailed around, which was why Bigoni and Officer Royce Curtiss punched him in the face seven to nine times.

According to Fish, the police would not take him to the hospital, so he lied and told them that he had swallowed a bag of heroin. The officers took Fish in for medical care, but doctors found no heroin; they treated Fish for broken facial bones.

Officer Grigoriy Budey, the third police officer, said he was holding Fish's arm inside the motor home, but that it was so dark he couldn't see Bigoni and Curtiss punching Fish.

Fish was charged with interfering with police and resisting arrest.

Multnomah County Circuit Judge Christopher Marshall tossed out the interfering with police charge, while jurors acquitted Fish of resisting arrest.

Juror Cheryl Barham told The Oregonian that the police testimony during Fish's trial was "suspicious," and added: "It was shocking to hear and see what they did."

Juror Rachel Siegel said: "The state had a very weak case, and I don't know why they even wasted taxpayer money prosecuting this."

Siegel said that she doesn't trust the police bureau's internal investigation: "I don't have a lot of faith in those ... I don't want that method of policing to be condoned."

The internal investigation began on March 15.

Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson told The Oregonian he could not comment on specifics because of the internal investigation, but did say that Bigoni, Budey and Curtiss are still on patrol duty.

A lawyer for Fish filed an intent to sue the City of Portland on March 17 for alleged excessive force and lasting psychological damage.

"I still take PTSD  medicine," Fish stated. "I still get nightmares. And I don't trust cops."

The Associated Press was not able to reach Bigoni for comment on April 2 and his listed phone number was busy.

WARNING: This video contains graphic language and violence.

Sources: The Oregonian, AP via U.S. News & World Report / Photo credit: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office via The Oregonian

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