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Article posted Aug 28 2012, 4:53 PM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: Davy V. Print

75 Year Old Grandmother Held Down At Gunpoint As Police Shoot & Kill Her Dog

by Davy V.

On August 15, 2012 Wayne County Sheriff's deputies, along with Macedon, NY Police broke into 75 year old Phyllis Loquasto's Plank Road home in the town of Walworth, NY, forced her at gunpoint to lay on her bathroom floor, screamed at her to close her eyes and stay down, then executed her dog "Duke."

Minutes earlier, Loquasto, who has had three strokes and a knee replacement, was on her computer when she heard loud smashing sounds, then saw what she described as several men dressed in black with masks on.

As she was laying on her bathroom floor Loquasto could hear the men talking in loud voices.

"The dog hadn't even barked, yet I heard one of them say, he's aggressive, shoot him! I'll never forget the sound of that gunshot and the blood flying everywhere. They did all this while forcing me to lay on the bathroom floor, screaming at me to stay down, and holding me at gunpoint. I couldn't get up if I wanted to. I'm 75 years old, had three strokes and knee replacement, and can hardly walk. There was nothing I could do to help my pet."

Unfortunately, Duke died a slow death.

"They shot him with a shotgun in such a manner that he ran around in pain and bled all over the house and suffered a slow, cruel death. There was no reason for this kind of treatment, they killed my dog for no reason. This was the sweetest and most gentle animal anyone could want, I would trust him with a baby."

As you can see in the photo, Duke did indeed suffer, bleeding out throughout the house, leaving a trail of blood in the hallways, stairs, walls and bedrooms, including on the bed where he used to sleep in.

Trail of blood on Phyllis Loquasto's stairs after her beloved dog "Duke" was shot by WayneNET Task Force officers.

Afterwards, Phyllis Loquasto was taken outside and placed inside a police car for over an hour in the heat.

It was then when officers showed her a search warrant, and it was then that Loquasto realized who these masked men who had just broke into her home, held her at gunpoint, screamed at her and executed her dog were -- police officers.

The 75 year old Loquasto was so afraid, she urinated on herself.

As a filmmaker, writer and activist exposing police misconduct and corruption, hearing stories of police officers abusing and violating innocent citizens' rights is nothing new.

In fact I receive an average of 20-25 calls weekly from people who either themselves, or a loved one, has been abused, harassed, or assaulted by law enforcement.

But I must admit, to hear of a 75 year old lady having been terrorized in her own home by a bunch of rogue, thugs in uniforms and masks, in a "home invasion-like" style, before executing her dog, left me speechless.

I Called Macedon, NY police and asked to speak to a public information officer. The woman who answered the phone asked me "What's that?" I explained to her it's usually a department official who is in charge of communicating with the press.

She replied "We don't have that."

I then proceeded to tell her about the incident with Duke, and before I could finish, she angrily cut me off and said "I'm sure if a grandmother would have been held down at gunpoint, I would have heard about that."

She then abruptly transferred me to the Chief, with whom I left a message on his voicemail.

About an hour later, I received a call from Macedon, NY Police Chief John P. Colella.

After I thanked him for getting back to me, Chief Colella laughed and said "The media campaign continues."

I asked Chief Colella what he meant by that comment, but he completely ignored my question.

I then asked the Chief exactly what law enforcement agencies were present at the Plank Road residence.

Chief Colella said that a search warrant was executed by the Wayne County Narcotics Enforcement Team (WayneNET) on the residence.

He also said that he is the Task Force Commander.

Chief Colella told me that his task force seized several marijuana plants from the location, which he said belonged to Phyllis Loquasto's grandson.

He explained that the WayneNET team consists of the Wayne County, NY Sheriff's office, Macedon, NY Police, Clyde, NY Police, Lyons, NY Police, Newark, NY, Palmyra, NY Police, Sodus Point, NY Police, Wolcott, NY Police and the Wayne County, NY District Attorney's office.

Chief Colella confirmed that the only person inside the location was 75 year old Phyllis Loquasto.

Having sensed an obvious sense of sarcasm on the Chief's part, with his earlier comment, about the "media campaign continues", as well as what I would describe as the non-chalant, hesitant, and "careful" tone of his voice, not giving many details, I decided to get down to brass tax with the Chief.

I asked him about police officers holding down a 75 year old grandmother at gunpoint on her bathroom floor, and it was clear that Chief Colella wasn't comfortable answering my question.

But perhaps more interesting, he never denied officers doing this to Loquasto.

Instead, Chief Colella made sure to choose his words very carefully, stating that all he would say is that she (the grandmother) was "held in place" by officers.

Again, when I asked Chief Colella if in fact officers with his WayneNET task force held a 75 year old grandmother at gunpoint on her bathroom floor, Chief Colella replied "I don't care if she is 2 years old or 75 years old."

I think Chief Colella must have realized that his statement would not look good, so he decided to do some 'damage control' by quickly adding "We needed to secure the location and since there was a dangerous animal, we were holding her down for her own safety."

Are you kidding me?

"Dangerous animal?"

"Holding her down for her own safety?"

Duke was her pet!

After a few more minutes of talking with Chief Colella, it became more and more clear that as is common with law enforcement officials, especially in cases of misconduct and abuse, the "cover-up" had already begun, and Chief Colella, along with his WayneNET task force, clearly have their story which they have every intention of sticking to.

Contact Macedon, NY Police Chief John P. Colella and let him know how you feel.

Macedon, NY Police Chief
and WayneNET Commander
John P. Colella
315-986-7103, -7262, -5932

WayneNET Sgt.
Roger LaClair
(315) 947-9711

Chief Deputy
Bob Hetzke
(315) 946-9711
Davy V. is a Cuban-American Filmmaker, Video Producer, Photographer and Freelance Writer, best known for using the power of video and film to expose Police Brutality, Corruption and Misconduct. Davy V.'s work has been featured in publications such as THE SOURCE Hip Hop Magazine, URBAN AMERICA Magazine, The Ave. Magazine, Insider Magazine, La Voz Newspaper, Minority Reporter Newspaper, CNY LATINO Newspaper, DOWN Magazine, as well as on television news stations, and programs such as CNN and Inside Edition. In addition to his freelance writing, Davy V. also writes a monthly Op/Ed Column for LA VOZ Magazine and Minority Reporter Newspaper.

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Posted: Sep 01 2012, 1:04 AM

70193 And this is why people feel the way they do about law enforcement... How are we to tell our children to find a person in a uniform if they get lost when the people in uniform are often the worst offenders of the laws they are paid to uphold...
At 75 yrs old, this lady's only companion was murdered... there is no way they can justify or fix what they have done... disgraced the badge once again...

Posted: Sep 01 2012, 1:04 AM

6942 Why should we send an email to the chief? He's made up his mind
Post instead the names and addresses of his civilian overseers.

Posted: Sep 01 2012, 1:27 AM

10874 OMG!! It's people like that , that let "Common Sense" fly right out the window!!! Cops are becoming just as bad as the criminals!!!
Too many NY cops have been shooting people's pets lately!!
"If it looks like a pit bull, shoot it, if it has a glint in it's eyes, shoot it, if it is tied up in the pet owner's own yard, well, just shoot it!! " This is the thinking of cops lately!!!
Also pot is NOT a drug it is an herb! Pot has NEVER caused anyone to do anything except veg out on their couch and eat a lot of junk food!!!
I'm a white/native American and I have smoked my share of pot!!!

Posted: Sep 01 2012, 1:45 AM

6742 Way to many killings due to the Bush admin. new law "feared for my life". The cops use that far to often. Here in Washington State, we have had a well known wood carver gunned down on the sidewalk where he has been carving native American art for over 20 years, same side walk, a cop walked up to him, he had a knife (carving his wood) two shots fired, dude is dead two years ago Aug. 28th. Cop said he "feared for his life" no charges filed. A few weeks later, a young man fleeing from cops in his 4X4, got stuck in a ditch, the guy was turned around looking out his back window (reported by on lookers) as if driving in reverse. The cop was in front of the truck, he shot the man in the back of his head through his windshield. The cop "feared for his life" No charges filed. How can you fear for your life from a vehicle stuck in a ditch, and the tires spinning away from you. This “fear for your life” law has turned our police into vigilantes, and it needs to stop. As does the killing of innocent dogs, what next, 75 year old lady’s? What a bunch of Punk ass animal killers, and elderly abusers do we have on the “force”. Crap it doesn’t take that much force to subdue the elderly, and lock the fucking dog in a room. They like to kill and will continue to kill. Once they get the “rush of the kill” it just comes natural.

Posted: Sep 01 2012, 1:59 AM

24210 That's an invalid email address. Someone is giving some misleading information. Must be trying to start some shit.

Posted: Sep 01 2012, 2:01 AM

12144 Disgusting. They all need to be fired. Following an apology, and clean up of the blood from Duke's death and all their family pets taken into custody, due to fear of their safety. These cowardice males also need to do hours of community service to the 75 yr old lady and other victims in their own personal time. Unfortunately these brainless bullies are a sign of the times. Sickening.

Posted: Sep 01 2012, 2:04 AM

101172 That is the most cowardly thing a cop could do when killing anything it must be quick and nine time out of ten cops will course a dog to be aggressive

Posted: Sep 01 2012, 2:09 AM

6881 Disgusting! They need to PAY for their CRIME! Shooting an innocent family pet - Holding a 75 year old woman down, while they shoot her faithful companion. Leaving duke to SUFFER as he bleeds out and dies. :'-( Fucking monsters. Something needs to be done. But since they're cops.. you know, they will just get away with it. Really fucking fair.. How do these people live with themselves?
Anonymous 2112

Posted: Sep 01 2012, 2:19 AM

76195 lol what retard thinks that smokeing pot makes you want to rape anything other then a box of twinkies what are you liveing in the 1950s seen reefer madness a few too many times? Thats awful they did that to a 75 y/o handicapped woman who most likely didnt even know what it was
Kathy Jones ""

Posted: Sep 01 2012, 2:30 AM

207118 Police brutality to the very core.

An old woman can't get up and down off the floor by themselves safely.

This batch of cops needs to be jailed.

Look the chief in the eye and ask him...

Put your self in your Mother or your Grandma's shoes...

You are a 75 year old woman, all alone in a house, a bunch of guys in black clothes and mask's kick in the door, abuse her, kill her beloved pet...

Tell him....

LET'S GO DO THAT TO YOUR HOUSE and your MOM OR GRANDMA, let's see what they and you think of that!!

I have to tell you, this one really pissed me off!!!

Posted: Sep 01 2012, 2:55 AM

8111 Assholes :-(.
Pour dog and grandma :-(

From Belgium.



Posted: Sep 01 2012, 4:46 AM

18476 I know we have alot of people doing alot of bad things and that makes a policeman's job hard...but to put an older woman on the floor at gunpoint is not only shocking but unnecessary. For them to shoot her dog, who wasn't even barking or being aggressive towards the cops, is beyond belief. The police had the element of surprise, enough police to leave one with the lady, one for the dog, and the rest to search the house for the grandson and pot plants. I don't even know what a fitting punishment for you guys would be but I would definitely make sure you had retraining (at your own expense) and at least a week or two off with no pay so maybe you would think about 'holding down' an elderly woman and shooting her dog in the worst way ever. Shame on you, Chief and your crew!

Posted: Sep 01 2012, 5:08 AM

87114 here we go again, another trigger happy cop, killing a innocent dog, not only are they doing this, they are now bulling defenceless old ladies, this lady is 75 years old for fuck sake, wtf is a matter with the cops, go catch proper criminals like murders, rapists, sex offenders, all you cops stink, karma will pay all you cops back, and me for one cant wait....

Posted: Sep 01 2012, 5:22 AM

101165 Disgusting pigs ! No doubt cancer will claim all responsible for this barbaric act. If you kill a dog, you will get cancer. Let it be known .
M W Golden

Posted: Sep 01 2012, 5:28 AM

72184 Some people wonder why cops are getting shot! Felony animal abuse charges are needed, along with terrorist threatening.

Posted: Sep 01 2012, 5:29 AM

164126 Mother Fuckers. I'm speachless. How could they???!!?!?!?!?!

Posted: Sep 01 2012, 5:38 AM

These arseholes should be chewing tobacco on their front porch.
It just goes to show these freaks are just glorified security guards with no education.

Posted: Sep 01 2012, 5:52 AM

1849 they cant getaway with doing shitl like that! this poor lady needs an attorney like yesterday! but she shoud leave town and not come back if she gets one for her safety! i dont care if she was the one growing the pot plants they had no right to treat her like that much less kill her ddog!!!!

Posted: Sep 01 2012, 6:23 AM

74101 This is an unfortunate incident but they executed a legit search warrant. The dog probably went at them and for their own safety, shot it. Writers are so quick to demonize any police officer and write such a wussy sob story. It is unfortunate, but when you execute a warrant, everyone in the house gets restrained for everyones safety. I'm not saying if they were 100 percent right or wrong. Just know your facts and investigate before writing.
Tracy Kingham

Posted: Sep 01 2012, 6:24 AM

822 My daughter is a police officer here in england and she is appalled as we all are of the trigger happy cops in the usa....wouldnt happen here in the uk, its disgraceful and disgusting coming from a law officer whose aim is to help the public, yet all they seem to do is shoot innocent animals and victimise innocent people. SHAME ON YOU ALL THE ONES WHO HAVE KILLED.
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