The city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board has substantiated charges against a cop who shot and killed a beloved pit bull approaching him in a Bronx apartment building.
In findings acquired by the Daily News, the CCRB said Police Officer Ruben Cuesta abused his authority when he pumped a bullet into the pit bull’s head.
Cuesta and his partner were investigating a domestic violence call inside an apartment building on E. 183rd St. on Feb. 13 when he shot Yvonne Rosado’s 4-year-old pit bull Spike.
A surveillance video The News obtained shows Cuesta backing away from Spike — then shooting the 70-pound pooch from a few feet away as he slowly approached, wagging his tail.
Along with substantiating abuse of authority complaints, the CCRB recommended that Cuesta, who joined the NYPD in 2008, be retrained.
The CCRB also lobbed abuse of authority charges against two cops with Cuesta who had allegedly forced their way into the building, according to a source with knowledge of the case.
The department will take the agency’s findings into consideration as they review Cuesta’s actions. Cuesta remains on active duty.
The NYPD did not return a request for comment Saturday.
A lawsuit against the city filed by attorney David Thompson on behalf of Rosado was pending.
“In all circumstances we have to leave it to the officer’s understanding of what’s happening at the scene as to what piece of equipment he might use — Taser, pepper spray, firearm,” former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said in March.
“In this instance, he used the firearm, so now, as part of the investigation, he’ll have to justify what was going through his mind at that particular time.”