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North Ridgeville: Residents protest humane officer who shot Raccoon

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Protesters gathered outside of North Ridgeville city hall to protest Accorti. Protesters gathered outside of North Ridgeville city hall to protest Accorti.
They held up signs encouraging the city to fire Accorti after two shooting incidents. They held up signs encouraging the city to fire Accorti after two shooting incidents.
NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OH (WOIO) -

One week ago, a Humane Officer in North Ridgeville shot and killed a raccoon that had been trapped on someone's property.

Some want the officer fired, but the Chief is standing by his man.

Tonight, protestors gathered in front of North Ridgeville City Hall.

Demonstrators were calling for the firing of a local humane officer, Barry Accorti, who shot a raccoon on someone's property a week ago.

"I don't know. I'm not too fond of him," said Christina Ward. 

Accorti is the same officer who was in the headlines a year ago for shooting five feral kittens on another homeowner's property.

"He's had two occurrences of doing this and I think he should be released from his position," Carolyn Hall said. 

North Ridgeville Police Chief Michael Freeman said Accorti followed the law in the case of the kittens and also followed the law in the case of the raccoon.

The department launched an investigation into the incident. 

"The child was not in the vicinity of the cage," said Chief Freeman.

The Chief also had a message for the protestors. He claims Accorti is an excellent officer.

"Dedicated. Would do anything for anybody. Follows the law. Goes above and beyond," Chief Freeman said. 

The Chief told us they're making some policy changes here. In the future, officers will take trapped animals off of the property when they can. 

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