INKSTER (WXYZ) — “I’m the only person who had those images that clearly showed what happened that night,” Antonio Williams said of a video he shot with his drone that showed the moments surrounding an Inkster police officer who opened fire on a dog.
Brad Brock owned the dog named Moose. The two dogs were out walking around Bishop and Michigan Avenue at 11:30 p.m. on Monday.
Williams was a security guard at The Flower Bowl, a dispensary that sells marijuana. Williams kept his drone in the air, which he used to protect himself at night.
Williams was able to capture video of Brock and his pet dog having a conversation with an officer responding at Brock’s 911 call.
Brock is seen talking to the officer, while Moose sits nearby. When it approaches a man, the dog does not have a leash and his tail is wagged.
Moose then moves past Brock and starts to approach Brock, who quickly draws the gun as the dog approaches.
As Moose approaches, the officer pulls back and opens fire.
Williams said that Williams was able to see clearly that the dog wasn’t aggressive in the video. “The officer pulled his gun, and I don’t know how many shots he fired because I was curious where the bullets went.”
Williams describes the dog’s approach to the officer as what you would expect from a friendly dog eager to greet someone new.
Moose was killed by his injuries.
Williams was asked by police to give a statement on the shooting. He stated that the police hadn’t asked him to provide the video.
Williams claimed that marijuana dispensary executives insisted on Williams giving the video to them. He threatened his job if they didn’t.
Williams stated that he made the right decision to give his video of Moose to the owner.
Inkster police stated that there was no police video of this incident due to the battery in the body camera having died before the encounter. Police also claim that there are no dashcam images taken by the officer’s car.
Williams said, “Whatever I did with those images was my choice and right.” They could voice their disapproval if the pharmacy disagreed. I was happy with the outcome, which was my dismissal. We are moving forward.”