VERNON TOWNSHIP (July 29, 2019)-- — Police today released body camera footage from a Saturday incident in which an officer shot and killed a pet dog after it ran out onto
the street in front of the owner's house.
Shared to the Vernon Township Police Department Facebook page, the footage shows the officer, Ptl. Emanuel Rivera, talking with a local resident who had called in a complaint of an aggressive dog. The video also shows another neighbor, telling him the loose dog belongs to a house next door.
The dog then is seen running onto the street and toward Rivera, who yells at the dog to back up twice. The video shows the officer's firearm in his hand, as he yells "back" twice before the video was cut is cut.
"The body camera footage in its entirety is being withheld due to privacy concerns and the ongoing investigation," the police department said when it shared the video. New Jersey 101.5 has submitted a public records request for the complete footage.