Justice For Geist Campaign

$35,565 of $45k goal

Raised by 1,066 people in 32 months

Justice For Geist asking for your financial contribution to help us with legal fees and to enable us to build a passionate team capable of managing one of the largest campaigns to raise awareness for the rise of police brutality towards dogs. Help bring Justice For Geist! 

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My name is Sean Kendall. I am the owner of the dog Geist who was shot and killed by a police officer after he illegally trespassed on private property.

Geist was merely protecting his property from an unknown intruder when the officer entered the yard looking for a lost child (who was later found sleeping, safely, in his home) and instead of walking away or using non lethal means, the officer killed Geist. 

With your contribution we will use this tragedy to set a precedent that police departments must have training and non-lethal policies in place to prevent the death of our family pets and de-escalate the killing of dogs nationwide. 

All donations will be used for the following: 

- To fight the Salt Lake City Police Department in a court of law.  

- Help us run and manage one of the largest social network groups dedicated to this cause. 

- Help us build and manage our online resources (website, online tools, email, newsletter)

- Help us bring awareness to this issue and distribute our message across the nation.

- Help us plan and launch protest rallies and community buidling projects.  

- Help us reach out to other dog killing cases and give them a voice by sharing our online resources with them. 


Watch the video that brought international attention to the shooting of Geist:  




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Update 52
Posted by Sean Kendall
15 days ago
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judge Shelby had a direction in his mind before we began verbal arguments. It seems that the fight will have to continue long past the ruling, whenever it is released, and continue through the appeals courts and the US Supreme Court if necessary.

http://www.sltrib.com/home/4915202-155/utah-judge-weighing-issues-in-lawsuit
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Update 51
Posted by Sean Kendall
22 days ago
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I am so excited to hear that Judge Robert Shelby threw out the city's request to enforce the settlement. This is a huge step toward getting justice for the laws Brett Olsen broke and Geist's life he took from me.

February 7th at 1:30 pm Judge Robert Shelby will rule on whether Brett Olsen legally entered my back yard or not. This is a long time coming and I pray the ruling will be in my favor.

http://fox13now.com/2017/01/31/judge-wont-toss-lawsuit-against-slcpd-over-dogs-shooting/
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Update 50
Posted by Sean Kendall
3 months ago
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I finally have a court date. February 7 @ 1:30 pm. It seems the city has been trying to draw things out a long as possible and prevent me from getting justice. They canceled the court date for November 15 where the judge would decide summary judgement on the settlement agreement issue and summary judgement on the qualified immunity issue. These two issues will now be decided on February 7th. If you can, any donation would help.
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Update 49
Posted by Sean Kendall
6 months ago
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Depositions are done and we are one step closer to trial. The work load is getting bigger and bigger with shorter due dates. If you can please donate. The cost of depositions was almost $5,000 and there is still so much more to come. Expert witnesses and trial costs are adding up quickly. Anything helps fight the wrongs committed by Brett Olsen and the SLCPD.
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Sheryl Barry
25 months ago
5
5

This go fund is not just for Sean this is a cause that will benefit all of us whether we are dog owners or parents thisncausenwill reshape how officers respond. Children have witnessed horrible shootings and in one case I read a child was injured while cop trying to shoot his dog. Another story recently in Iowa cop tried to shoot their dog and shot the woman instead and in don't of her young child we need to support this cause for our own benefit as well. Can't imagine anyone doesn't have a dollar but maybe so I just feel this is for Ll of us to benefit if we can make a difference in this fight for justice then maybe officers will think about what they're doing

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Darlene Warner
31 months ago
4
4

This is a tragedy, and for nothing. The little girl reported missing was found asleep in the basement of her own home. The search of her home should have been more thorough in the first place, as the girl was NOT truly missing! Therefore, the police did NOT need to do any further searching by going into neighboring yards. The police should EXPECT upset dogs when a stranger enters THEIR territory; its what dogs INSTINCTIVELY do! The officer who spoke on the news seems to have a nonchalant, arrogant attitude towards this. This is unacceptable, and am glad to learn that you are raising awareness, as well as taking suit with the police department. If only those parents who reported their girl missing had actually looked "everyehere" for her, they would have found her in their basement, and NONE of this would have happened. It appears as if not only the neighbors, but the offending officer, "jumped the gun." Sad, heart-wrenching ordeal. More power to you!

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Julie Lyons
21 months ago
3
3

Sounds like the government and judicial system out there are bullshit and play a lot of games (ok so pretty much all government does that). Keep fighting Sean -- I donate every time I have a little extra in the paycheck. I want justice for Geist.. and you.... and all those others who have lost their family pets due to ignorance of cops.

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Erik Pacheco
21 months ago
2
2

He is not an police officer: He is an authentic criminal!. The world do not need criminals working like justice representatives. Do not give up Sean Kendall!: The criminal took a family member away from you forever... Inside your private property!. The innocent Geist worth much more than a disgusting criminal.

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Theodore Bratro Jr.
31 months ago
2
2

" As simple as it gets"? That Sgt. Joseph Cyr should be fired for being too simple to be a cop. Are you supposed to shoot every dog who gets within a few feet of you? That Cyr seems like a pompous ass, who doesn't realize Olsen was trespassing in Geist's yard. What, are cops bodies so sacrosanct they can't risk getting a boo boo, or they might wet their pants? I was attacked and bitten by three large dogs on a public sidewalk. They bit without hesitation. If Geist didn't bite Olsen right away, he wasn't going to. That, Idiot Cyr, is as simple as it gets

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Scott Werry
14 days ago
1
1

Sean, Clearly this judge has missed the mark here so far. I saw no mention of the suggested additional training you have been requesting. They mention a 100 pound dog as logic to kill the dog, size has no bearing whatsoever yet they make it sound like it does. Geist, no matter what size was protecting his yard (if he was barking perhaps he wasn't even doing that), the officer chose to kill him rather back down or subdue via mace or stun, this is just disgusting brotherly protection. I just wanted you to know you are not alone in your quest for justice. I will continue to support, keep up the good fight.

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Erik Pacheco
21 months ago
1
1

Sean Kendall: DO NOT STOP!!! Make the murderer pay very expensive!!!.

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Erik Pacheco
21 months ago
1
1

Kill a dog is like killing a child..!. Fucking murderer!: Deserves to die!. He goes to a strange house like a criminal and kills an innocent being that is within their rights because that being lives there !. That cop deserves to be removed permanently and to go to jail!.

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Ronald Swanson
31 months ago
1
1

I have two weims both blue one male and female and my male is a lover but he would not let anyone he doesn't know just walk into his yard. So sad I am sorry.

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Ken Dainty
31 months ago
1
1

Do not stop until you get justice...

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Theresa Brooks
31 months ago
1
1

So sorry this happened to you and your baby

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Bob Wallace
31 months ago
1
1

The Ballad of Geist By John R Wallace When will I see you again… The Master I loved so well? When will I see you again… The Master I served so well? You took me as a puppy And placed me in your heart. Love grew deep between us. Why should we ever have to part? As I grew to doghood and Learned the creed you taught, I obeyed with service, Played catch and mostly caught. Each and every moment Of each and every day Was a grand excitement As we wove our way. Learning rules and wagging tails Sometimes don’t agree; It took you longer than you thought To teach me where to poop and pee. Together we were quite a team, Running, playing really hard, Jumping, chasing one another All around the yard. The yard that fatal afternoon I knew it wasn’t you; The yard that fatal afternoon I barked and then was through. The bullet from that drawn gun Whizzed into my master’s head; That officer shot not only me; A part of him I loved was dead. He killed more than just a pet; He shot my master just as well; I have found a doggie heaven; I pray he’s not alive in hell. When will I see you again… The Master I loved so well? When will I see you again… The Master I served so well?

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Holly Dize
31 months ago
1
1

Sorry for your loss. I hope the court correctly recognizes this as a crime - both animal cruelty and illegal search and seizure of property. My prayers and thoughts go out to you.

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Jacqueline Jeronimus
32 months ago
1
1

I'm so sorry for your loss, your beloved dog Geist. The police officer had no right to enter your jard and kill your dog. We all now from the news that American cops often killed innocent dogs and sadly Geist is now one of them. Something needs to chance in America. Many condolances and supports from the Netherlands

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Janice Hollenbeck
32 months ago
1
1

Sean you are forgetting the support from other countries not just americans my facebook page and others have reached alot of countries . I hope justice will prevail. I am a supporter of yours and have signed and donated and bought t shirts for family being sent to belgium.

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Danilo Mancinelli
32 months ago
1
1

Brett Olson is a complete coward. You did the right thing, Sean, in handling this the way you did... if this had happened to me, Brett Olson better pray to God that I would not get my hands on him as I would pummel him to a pulp and that would not be a threat, that would be a promise! My blood is boiling over this and Brett Olson should be fired and charged with animal cruelty for killing an innocent animal!!!

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Theresa Franconi
32 months ago
1
1

Ifficer Olsen is a bad apple! He makes all police look bad! Get rid of him please! I would totally have lost control in this situation! Stay the course and keep fighting. In unity we can accomplish out task. So sorry for your loss Sean. I can't imagine the anger you must feel.

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John Wilson
32 months ago
1
1

What I can't figure out here is why Officer Olsen had his gun out in the first place? He was searching for a lost child so his gun should have been in his holster and clipped and probably with the safety on. And had he gone into the yard like that and was met by Geist, the quicker way out of danger for him would have been to flee (you can't expect to unclip a gun, take it out of the holster, maybe have to undo the safety before any dog would be on top of you). I would suspect that he had the gun in his hand before he opened the gate, full well knew that there was a dog behind it and was anticipating having to shoot it. That's premeditated and he should be brought up on charges for it.

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Rebecca Hess
32 months ago
1
1

I'm so sorry for your loss. It's so disgraceful and unjustified what hapoened especially by an officer for no just cause. Something needs to change EVERYWHERE for anyone who has lost a pet due to actions such as this.

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Carol Dodd
32 months ago
1
1

My sincere condolences Sean. Now, for many of us like Sean, our pets are our family. If someone reported a missing dog would you go into a neighbors backyard and shoot a child playing because he/she cried seeing you? How would Bret Olson feel if his child was shot for no legitimate reason. In his own backyard, playing, to himself. I think it has gotten to be where all dogs are automatically targeted as dangerous. What about the irresponsibility of the parents of the child missing? Do they not deserve to be prosecuted for not knowing where their child was. Hello "Child Services". Look what they started. But does anyone blame them? Bret Olson doesn't deserve to be on any kind of law enforcement. He has no justifiable reasoning to be held responsible for protecting anyone. If he will shoot an innocent dog, confined to his own premises, by invading private property then Olson could just as easily justify shooting anyone or anything. Geist was Sean's private property and Sean did everything to protect his property from danger but Bret Olson took it upon himself to determine if this child was significant or not. Again what about the missing child's owners? Do they not bare any responsibility? Bret Olson... imagine one of your family shot to death for no reason. How would you feel? Or do you care? Not only Police Officers but all others need to THINK how there actions will effect others. This in my opinion is a criminal act that needs to be addressed as negligent and irresponsible. This man Bret Olson/Olsen doesn't need to be carrying any kind of weapon and deserves to be punished in the way anyone would be if he shot and killed an innocent family member of yours. He could have easily walked away and called the homeowner. An eye f0r an eye.

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$35,565 of $45k goal

Raised by 1,066 people in 32 months
Created June 21, 2014
Sean Kendall  
JM
$100
John McDonald
4 days ago

Keep fighting!

AV
$30
Andrea Vernon
7 days ago
LA
$10
Leslie Arellano
13 days ago

Justice for Geist

KD
$5
Kendra DePriest
14 days ago

Hope you get justice for Geist!

VA
$20
Vicki Alpaugh
14 days ago

Justice for Geist!

SW
$20
Scott Werry
14 days ago
$50
Mary Smith
14 days ago

Thank you for all your efforts.

JS
$30
Judy Shope
14 days ago
NV
$40
Nattawan Vamananda
14 days ago
BZ
$100
Bev Zia
14 days ago

Police chief says police will NOT be held accountable for this ridiculousness. Pet moms & pops say you're wrong.

Sheryl Barry
25 months ago
5
5

This go fund is not just for Sean this is a cause that will benefit all of us whether we are dog owners or parents thisncausenwill reshape how officers respond. Children have witnessed horrible shootings and in one case I read a child was injured while cop trying to shoot his dog. Another story recently in Iowa cop tried to shoot their dog and shot the woman instead and in don't of her young child we need to support this cause for our own benefit as well. Can't imagine anyone doesn't have a dollar but maybe so I just feel this is for Ll of us to benefit if we can make a difference in this fight for justice then maybe officers will think about what they're doing

+ Read More
Darlene Warner
31 months ago
4
4

This is a tragedy, and for nothing. The little girl reported missing was found asleep in the basement of her own home. The search of her home should have been more thorough in the first place, as the girl was NOT truly missing! Therefore, the police did NOT need to do any further searching by going into neighboring yards. The police should EXPECT upset dogs when a stranger enters THEIR territory; its what dogs INSTINCTIVELY do! The officer who spoke on the news seems to have a nonchalant, arrogant attitude towards this. This is unacceptable, and am glad to learn that you are raising awareness, as well as taking suit with the police department. If only those parents who reported their girl missing had actually looked "everyehere" for her, they would have found her in their basement, and NONE of this would have happened. It appears as if not only the neighbors, but the offending officer, "jumped the gun." Sad, heart-wrenching ordeal. More power to you!

+ Read More
Julie Lyons
21 months ago
3
3

Sounds like the government and judicial system out there are bullshit and play a lot of games (ok so pretty much all government does that). Keep fighting Sean -- I donate every time I have a little extra in the paycheck. I want justice for Geist.. and you.... and all those others who have lost their family pets due to ignorance of cops.

+ Read More
Erik Pacheco
21 months ago
2
2

He is not an police officer: He is an authentic criminal!. The world do not need criminals working like justice representatives. Do not give up Sean Kendall!: The criminal took a family member away from you forever... Inside your private property!. The innocent Geist worth much more than a disgusting criminal.

+ Read More
Theodore Bratro Jr.
31 months ago
2
2

" As simple as it gets"? That Sgt. Joseph Cyr should be fired for being too simple to be a cop. Are you supposed to shoot every dog who gets within a few feet of you? That Cyr seems like a pompous ass, who doesn't realize Olsen was trespassing in Geist's yard. What, are cops bodies so sacrosanct they can't risk getting a boo boo, or they might wet their pants? I was attacked and bitten by three large dogs on a public sidewalk. They bit without hesitation. If Geist didn't bite Olsen right away, he wasn't going to. That, Idiot Cyr, is as simple as it gets

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Scott Werry
14 days ago
1
1

Sean, Clearly this judge has missed the mark here so far. I saw no mention of the suggested additional training you have been requesting. They mention a 100 pound dog as logic to kill the dog, size has no bearing whatsoever yet they make it sound like it does. Geist, no matter what size was protecting his yard (if he was barking perhaps he wasn't even doing that), the officer chose to kill him rather back down or subdue via mace or stun, this is just disgusting brotherly protection. I just wanted you to know you are not alone in your quest for justice. I will continue to support, keep up the good fight.

+ Read More
Erik Pacheco
21 months ago
1
1

Sean Kendall: DO NOT STOP!!! Make the murderer pay very expensive!!!.

+ Read More
Erik Pacheco
21 months ago
1
1

Kill a dog is like killing a child..!. Fucking murderer!: Deserves to die!. He goes to a strange house like a criminal and kills an innocent being that is within their rights because that being lives there !. That cop deserves to be removed permanently and to go to jail!.

+ Read More
Ronald Swanson
31 months ago
1
1

I have two weims both blue one male and female and my male is a lover but he would not let anyone he doesn't know just walk into his yard. So sad I am sorry.

+ Read More
Ken Dainty
31 months ago
1
1

Do not stop until you get justice...

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Theresa Brooks
31 months ago
1
1

So sorry this happened to you and your baby

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Bob Wallace
31 months ago
1
1

The Ballad of Geist By John R Wallace When will I see you again… The Master I loved so well? When will I see you again… The Master I served so well? You took me as a puppy And placed me in your heart. Love grew deep between us. Why should we ever have to part? As I grew to doghood and Learned the creed you taught, I obeyed with service, Played catch and mostly caught. Each and every moment Of each and every day Was a grand excitement As we wove our way. Learning rules and wagging tails Sometimes don’t agree; It took you longer than you thought To teach me where to poop and pee. Together we were quite a team, Running, playing really hard, Jumping, chasing one another All around the yard. The yard that fatal afternoon I knew it wasn’t you; The yard that fatal afternoon I barked and then was through. The bullet from that drawn gun Whizzed into my master’s head; That officer shot not only me; A part of him I loved was dead. He killed more than just a pet; He shot my master just as well; I have found a doggie heaven; I pray he’s not alive in hell. When will I see you again… The Master I loved so well? When will I see you again… The Master I served so well?

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Holly Dize
31 months ago
1
1

Sorry for your loss. I hope the court correctly recognizes this as a crime - both animal cruelty and illegal search and seizure of property. My prayers and thoughts go out to you.

+ Read More
Jacqueline Jeronimus
32 months ago
1
1

I'm so sorry for your loss, your beloved dog Geist. The police officer had no right to enter your jard and kill your dog. We all now from the news that American cops often killed innocent dogs and sadly Geist is now one of them. Something needs to chance in America. Many condolances and supports from the Netherlands

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Janice Hollenbeck
32 months ago
1
1

Sean you are forgetting the support from other countries not just americans my facebook page and others have reached alot of countries . I hope justice will prevail. I am a supporter of yours and have signed and donated and bought t shirts for family being sent to belgium.

+ Read More
Danilo Mancinelli
32 months ago
1
1

Brett Olson is a complete coward. You did the right thing, Sean, in handling this the way you did... if this had happened to me, Brett Olson better pray to God that I would not get my hands on him as I would pummel him to a pulp and that would not be a threat, that would be a promise! My blood is boiling over this and Brett Olson should be fired and charged with animal cruelty for killing an innocent animal!!!

+ Read More
Theresa Franconi
32 months ago
1
1

Ifficer Olsen is a bad apple! He makes all police look bad! Get rid of him please! I would totally have lost control in this situation! Stay the course and keep fighting. In unity we can accomplish out task. So sorry for your loss Sean. I can't imagine the anger you must feel.

+ Read More
John Wilson
32 months ago
1
1

What I can't figure out here is why Officer Olsen had his gun out in the first place? He was searching for a lost child so his gun should have been in his holster and clipped and probably with the safety on. And had he gone into the yard like that and was met by Geist, the quicker way out of danger for him would have been to flee (you can't expect to unclip a gun, take it out of the holster, maybe have to undo the safety before any dog would be on top of you). I would suspect that he had the gun in his hand before he opened the gate, full well knew that there was a dog behind it and was anticipating having to shoot it. That's premeditated and he should be brought up on charges for it.

+ Read More
Rebecca Hess
32 months ago
1
1

I'm so sorry for your loss. It's so disgraceful and unjustified what hapoened especially by an officer for no just cause. Something needs to change EVERYWHERE for anyone who has lost a pet due to actions such as this.

+ Read More
Carol Dodd
32 months ago
1
1

My sincere condolences Sean. Now, for many of us like Sean, our pets are our family. If someone reported a missing dog would you go into a neighbors backyard and shoot a child playing because he/she cried seeing you? How would Bret Olson feel if his child was shot for no legitimate reason. In his own backyard, playing, to himself. I think it has gotten to be where all dogs are automatically targeted as dangerous. What about the irresponsibility of the parents of the child missing? Do they not deserve to be prosecuted for not knowing where their child was. Hello "Child Services". Look what they started. But does anyone blame them? Bret Olson doesn't deserve to be on any kind of law enforcement. He has no justifiable reasoning to be held responsible for protecting anyone. If he will shoot an innocent dog, confined to his own premises, by invading private property then Olson could just as easily justify shooting anyone or anything. Geist was Sean's private property and Sean did everything to protect his property from danger but Bret Olson took it upon himself to determine if this child was significant or not. Again what about the missing child's owners? Do they not bare any responsibility? Bret Olson... imagine one of your family shot to death for no reason. How would you feel? Or do you care? Not only Police Officers but all others need to THINK how there actions will effect others. This in my opinion is a criminal act that needs to be addressed as negligent and irresponsible. This man Bret Olson/Olsen doesn't need to be carrying any kind of weapon and deserves to be punished in the way anyone would be if he shot and killed an innocent family member of yours. He could have easily walked away and called the homeowner. An eye f0r an eye.

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