On Monday night, a deer that was about one-year-old wandered into the backyard of a residence in East Oakland. A neighborhood man, Anthony Weems, recorded amateur video footage of the police shooting the deer.
It was shot at six or seven times. Some children had followed the deer to the backyard because of their curiosity and excitement. Police officers arrived and apparently deemed the situation a public safety issue. They had the area cleared of people and then killed the deer.
Animal control and the Dept. of Fish and Game had been notified but police officers arrived in the neighborhood first. A spokesperson for the police department stated that officers are allowed to kill animals with injuries or that are posing a threat. A witness to the incident, however, stated “The deer was scared. It wasn’t doing anything. The whole time, it was in the corner, shaking.” It seems likely that such a young deer was merely lost and confused. Shooting an innocent, harmless animal is such a peculiar and cruel act. It solves nothing, and is very likely to have caused emotional distress to the local residents, including the children.