- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The lawyer for a man accused of killing a Pittsburgh police dog is telling jurors not to believe police officers’ testimony just because they wear badges.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported (https://bit.ly/163QQdd ) that testimony began Tuesday in the case of John Rush, charged with stabbing to death Rocco during an arrest in January.

He faces charges that include abusing a police animal, disarming a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault.

Rush’s lawyer argues there’s reasonable doubt about at least some of the charges and is raising questions about whether Rush intended to hurt the dog or was just responding to being attacked by the animal.

The prosecutor says Rocco’s handler didn’t realize the dog had been stabbed until Rush was in custody. Rocco died two days later.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, https://www.post-gazette.com


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