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Trial Date Nears for Fresno Deputies Who Handcuffed Hispanic Family, Killed Their Dog



In a trial that begins Sept. 12, a southeast Fresno family seeks damages for alleged civil rights violations and the killing the their pet dog. (Shutterstock)
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On a hot June day, Veronica Ordaz Gonzalez was eating ice cream with her family inside her southeast Fresno home when sheriff’s deputies showed up with guns drawn.

What happened next is the subject of a civil rights trial that begins Monday, Sept. 12, in Fresno County Superior Court.

The family contends sheriff’s deputies handcuffed them at gunpoint in June 2018, entered their home without a warrant, and shot and killed their beloved dog, Scooby.

Superior Court Judge Kimberly A. Gaab has already ruled in the family’s favor, rejecting an attempt by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office to dismiss the lawsuit.

Read more from former Fresno Bee courts reporter Pablo Lopez at this Fresno Spotlight link.

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