Kelley was investigated both internally and externally and his actions were found to be in violation of the department's policy for use of deadly force. He has since apologized to Jones, who has taken the injustice to the courts. Jones and his attorney have given the city 90 days to settle, or they will file a federal lawsuit for, in part, illegal seizure of the dog.
Jones is being represented by Adam Karp, an attorney who specializes in animal law. Karp is asking for $350,000 for his client, seeking compensation for "emotional distress" and "the wrecking of his life over this event."
"This case is based on the value of Arfee, of course, to Mr. Jones," Karp said Tuesday. "There's also essentially the ‘psychic totaling' of the vehicle, for lack of a better description. ... So every time Mr. Jones would have to get into that van, he'd have to essentially re-enact in his mind the horror of what happened to his dog and the blood stains. Essentially it totaled the vehicle."
Jones is seeking compensation for errors made by the officers, including "the potential injury to citizens" for the manner that Kelley discharged his firearm. The claim says that this possibility "does not appear to have been factored in to the decision prior to using deadly force."