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Report shows DPS trooper who shot, killed Dion Johnson tased family dog as discipline

Posted at 10:06 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 02:21:12-04

New information has come to light on the state trooper involved in the shooting death of Dion Johnson.

According to an internal affairs report, Arizona Department of Public Safety Trooper George Cervantes used his department-issued TASER on a household pet.

Cervantes was reprimanded after using the TASER on a family dog at least three times on two separate occasions between June 2011 and June 2012.

The report states that the trooper tased the dog to discipline it after digging holes in the backyard.

Read the report below:

About a dozen other complaints have been brought against Cervantes in the past and he has served various suspensions.