Never a Good Idea to Tease a Police Dog


Officer Lee Elliot with K-9 Brix. (Photo: ENEWSPF)

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– It’s always a good idea to refrain from teasing an animal.  It’s an especially good idea when the animal is a police dog.

Last Friday, Officer Lee Elliot, was on patrol in full uniform and in a fully marked police canine vehicle with his partner, canine Brix, when he observed several subjects standing in front of a residence in the 300 block of Minocqua Street.  As Officer Elliot drove his vehicle toward the subjects, the subjects began to separate and leave the area.

However, one subject ran toward the passenger side of Officer Elliot’s police canine vehicle.  The subject, later identified as Christopher Hart, allegedly raised his arms over his head as he allegedly yelled and screamed at the police dog Brix, causing canine Brix to bark and violently throw himself into the door of the squad car.

According to the report, Officer Elliot warned Hart to stop, and informed him that it was illegal to tease a police dog.  Hart allegedly began using profanity with Officer Elliot and allegedly refused to provide his name or any identification.

Christopher E. Hart, 19, 258 Marquette St, Park Forest, was arrested on September 28 and charged with teasing a police animal and obstructing a peace officer.

Corrections and Clarifications:  When originally published, this story included incorrect names of streets.

eNews Park Forest regrets the errors.