Justice For Geist Campaign

$37,645 of $45,000 goal

Raised by 1,119 people in 49 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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THE FIGHT CONTINUES!!!!!
After the atrociuos ruling by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of SLCP we began working on a petition to the United States Supreme Court to hear the violation of my 4th Amendment rights. This week that petition was sent to the United States Supreme Court. While this is a long shot, it is the right decision and must be done. If you can please help by sharing or donating to help continue the fight.
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The fight continues. April 17th at 9:30 AM we will be fighting the Utah State Statute that requires individuals suing a law enforcement officer to post a bond covering the officer's legal expenses. This law is specifically designed to detour people from holding officers accountable for violating the law and the constitution. It is a violation of the 5th amendment of the constitution and can not stay on the books any longer. If you can donate; please help me continue the fight.
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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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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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Sheryl Barry
42 months ago
9
9

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
48 months ago
6
6

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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Erik Pacheco
38 months ago
5
5

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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Scott Werry
17 months ago
4
4

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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Julie Lyons
38 months ago
4
4

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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Theodore Bratro Jr.
48 months ago
4
4

" 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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Erik Pacheco
38 months ago
2
2

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

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Erik Pacheco
38 months ago
2
2

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
48 months ago
2
2

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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Cori Vanderbeek
25 days ago
1
1

I have chills thinking about how difficult this ongoing process must be for you being constantly reminded of your loss, stolen peace of mind and stolen wellness of heart. This is such an important fight and I wish you luck and blessings for justice along the way. I have nothing but respect for you as you are doing the absolute right thing for every dog and dog owner, yourself and most importantly Geist! Best wishes Sean, keep up the exceptional work!!

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Roux Lucitt
2 months ago
1
1

Was this officer fired??? Entering PRIVATE PROPERTY and MURDERING someone's furry child is NOT OK!!! He would have to go into the witness protection program if he killed one of my babies!! Simple as that!!!

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Judy Shope
23 months ago
1
1

I will as soon as possible! I've been praying for your strength and legal stamina to bring about justice and change in policies and training. ❤️Geist forever

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Shane Campbell
30 months ago
1
1

If you killed a police dog you would goto prison for life plus a record same as killing a police officer but the other way around we get screwed

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Cindal Langley
31 months ago
1
1

I have been following this story since it first happened. I am so sorry for your loss. And I am very proud that you have not given up the fight for justice. Our fur babies are like family, and should be protected and secure especially in our own yards. I wish police had more training to deal with animals or utilize non-lethal measure... Or not go onto private property at all. I hope you win this case, get back every penny you had to use to get justice, and get a huge settlement out of it. I only wish it could come straight from the paychecks of those coward murderers.

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Ken Dainty
48 months ago
1
1

Do not stop until you get justice...

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Theresa Brooks
48 months ago
1
1

So sorry this happened to you and your baby

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Bob Wallace
49 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
49 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
49 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
49 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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Eric Rosenberg
22 days ago

Rooting for you to win. No dog should have to die because a cop is a coward and an idiot.

JL
$25
Janet Ludvik
24 days ago

Praying for you Sean, I hope you can get the justice that Geist and you should have!

CM
$10
Caitlin McKay
25 days ago

Keep it up! Really rooting for you!

Sheryl Barry
42 months ago
9
9

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
48 months ago
6
6

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
Erik Pacheco
38 months ago
5
5

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
Scott Werry
17 months ago
4
4

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
Julie Lyons
38 months ago
4
4

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
Theodore Bratro Jr.
48 months ago
4
4

" 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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Erik Pacheco
38 months ago
2
2

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

+ Read More
Erik Pacheco
38 months ago
2
2

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
48 months ago
2
2

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
Cori Vanderbeek
25 days ago
1
1

I have chills thinking about how difficult this ongoing process must be for you being constantly reminded of your loss, stolen peace of mind and stolen wellness of heart. This is such an important fight and I wish you luck and blessings for justice along the way. I have nothing but respect for you as you are doing the absolute right thing for every dog and dog owner, yourself and most importantly Geist! Best wishes Sean, keep up the exceptional work!!

+ Read More
Roux Lucitt
2 months ago
1
1

Was this officer fired??? Entering PRIVATE PROPERTY and MURDERING someone's furry child is NOT OK!!! He would have to go into the witness protection program if he killed one of my babies!! Simple as that!!!

+ Read More
Judy Shope
23 months ago
1
1

I will as soon as possible! I've been praying for your strength and legal stamina to bring about justice and change in policies and training. ❤️Geist forever

+ Read More
Shane Campbell
30 months ago
1
1

If you killed a police dog you would goto prison for life plus a record same as killing a police officer but the other way around we get screwed

+ Read More
Cindal Langley
31 months ago
1
1

I have been following this story since it first happened. I am so sorry for your loss. And I am very proud that you have not given up the fight for justice. Our fur babies are like family, and should be protected and secure especially in our own yards. I wish police had more training to deal with animals or utilize non-lethal measure... Or not go onto private property at all. I hope you win this case, get back every penny you had to use to get justice, and get a huge settlement out of it. I only wish it could come straight from the paychecks of those coward murderers.

+ Read More
Ken Dainty
48 months ago
1
1

Do not stop until you get justice...

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Theresa Brooks
48 months ago
1
1

So sorry this happened to you and your baby

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Bob Wallace
49 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
49 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
49 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
49 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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