Trial set for Baltimore officer accused of slitting dog's throat

ANNAPOLIS Md. Thu Jun 19, 2014 5:16pm EDT

Baltimore police officer Jeffrey Bolger is shown in this booking photo released by Baltimore Police Department on June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Baltimore Police Department/Handout via Reuters

Baltimore police officer Jeffrey Bolger is shown in this booking photo released by Baltimore Police Department on June 19, 2014.

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ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) - A jury trial has been set for a Baltimore police officer accused of slitting the throat of a dog that had run loose from its home, according to court records filed on Thursday.

Police had restrained the 7-year-old female Shar-Pei named Nala after it bit a woman on the hand.

While the animal was restrained, Officer Jeffrey Bolger, 49, slashed the dog's throat with a knife after saying he would "gut" the animal, according to charging police documents. The dog was killed.

Bolger will face felony animal cruelty charges at a jury trial on July 28, the court filings showed.

Bolger was suspended without pay, arrested and charged, police said. He has been a member of the Baltimore police since 1992 and is assigned to the Special Operations Section.

"It was a complete violation of protocol," police spokesman Eric Kowalczy told a news conference on Wednesday. "It's not often police speak out against one of their own, but we are all truly appalled."

Police said another officer, Thomas Schmidt, a Baltimore policeman since 1990, had been suspended over the case.

(Reporting by John Clarke; Editing by Ian Simpson, Leslie Adler and Peter Cooney)

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Comments (3)
Must of thought he was with the Phoenix police!

Jun 19, 2014 5:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
IBINUBU wrote:
he’s a cop. Follow the story for a while and you’ll see him let go with back pay and a cushy new job. You can wish for him to spend a few days in general population, but it will never happen in this America.

Jun 19, 2014 7:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
akita96th wrote:
To bad they are not appalled when one of their prize officers shoots innocent civilians.

Jun 26, 2014 12:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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