Two family dogs were shot and killed during a no-knock raid in St. Paul, Minnesota on Wednesday. A St. Paul Police Department spokesperson defended the officers' actions saying they were entering a dangerous situation in search of drugs. All the SWAT team found was a bong and a small amount of marijuana in a grinder.
Larry Lee Arman was laying in bed with his kids at seven a.m. on Wednesday when police kicked in his door without warning. Immediately, officers opened fire in the house.
“I was laying right there, and I really thought I was being murdered,” Arman told Fox Twin Cities. “The first thing I heard was 'boom, bop, bop, bop, bop, bop.’ Right in front of us.”
The next thing Arman recalls seeing is his two family dogs, Mello and Laylo, gushing blood and collapsing to the floor.
"One was running for her life, and they murdered her right here," he said.
Arman’s girlfriend, Camille Perry, was terrified that her children could be shot too, and says they were right in the line of fire.
"The only thing I was thinking was my kids were going to get hit by bullets," she said.
Arman and his family aren’t alone in their anger over the St. Paul Police Department’s tactics. Neighbors who witnessed officers throw out the dead dogs after the raid are mad as well.
"All of a sudden, we see the dogs thrown out like pieces of meat, like they were nothing," neighbor Shawn Miller said. "We teared up because they are like family to us. Those dogs are real good dogs."
In 1981, just 3,000 no-knock raids were conducted across the nation. In 2005, that number jumped to over 50,000.