Convicted After Choking, Kicking Dog, Described by Mom As Good Man Who Police Shot Down Like a Dog


Isaac Goodlow, charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals (SOURCE: Cook County Sheriff's Office).
Isaac Goodlow, booking photo when he was charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals in 2018 (SOURCE: Cook County Sheriff’s Office).

Isaac Goodlow’s mother said Monday, February 5, 2024, that Carol Stream police shot her son (who “wouldn’t harm a fly”) like a dog, but his name and age matches Cook County court records that indicate the former resident of unincorporated Arlington Heights was convicted of felony Aggravated Cruelty to Animals after kicking, choking and whipping a dog in 2018.

At the news conference outside the apartment building where Isaac Goodlow was shot and killed in a police-involved shooting Saturday at a domestic violence call, his mother Bonnie Pigram said he was shot down like a dog, and that he was a good man. However, Cook County court records show a defendant named Isaac Goodlow was convicted of felony Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, previously charged with domestic abuse, resisting arrest, and criminal trespass to vehicles over a period of a few years recently.

DuPage County court records also show Goodlow was accused of criminal trespass twice at a Shell gas station in Glen Ellyn.

If the dead man and the animal abuser are the same man, the irony of the representation by the mother is disturbing. The Carol Stream Police Department has extended condolences to family and friends of the man that was shot and killed.

“They shot my son down like he was a dog. Like he was a dog. Like he wasn’t even a human being. Isaac was a good man. We was real close. He wouldn’t harm a fly.”

— Bonnie Pigram, the mother of 30-year-old Isaac Goodlow III, at a news conference

Civil rights attorney Andrew M. Stroth conducted the press conference on Monday, February 5, 2024.

The family of a man who was shot and killed by police in west suburban Carol Stream over the weekend demanded on Monday to see body camera footage of the shooting (Sabrina Franza/CBS Chicago). YouTube Tips ⓘ

According to the Carol Stream Police Department, at approximately 4:15 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2024, the Carol Stream Police Department responded to a reported domestic violence incident at the Village Brook Apartments at 260 East St. Charles Road in Carol Stream. Police officers encountered a tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving situation, which resulted in officers discharging their weapons at the alleged domestic violence suspect. The suspect was struck and sustained critical injuries. He was transported to Central DuPage Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. Goodlow’s identity was initially withheld pending notification of his family.

No officers were injured in this incident. There was no ongoing threat to the public.

The Public Integrity Team of the DuPage Metropolitan Emergency Response and Investigative Team (MERIT) Task Force was deployed to investigate the police-involved shooting. The Public Integrity Team, which is comprised of investigators from other DuPage County agencies and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, impartially investigates officer-involved shootings and deaths in DuPage County.

The Carol Stream Police Department disclosed that the department deploys its officers with Body Worn Cameras (BWCs). The BWC footage is being reviewed as part of and ongoing investigation, and that the BWC video will be released in coordination with the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The Carol Stream Police Department extended condolences to the family and friends of the individual who lost his life early Saturday morning. Further information will be released once it is available on the Village and Police Department’s social media and website, according to police.

A defendant identified as Isaac Goodlow, formerly a resident of unincorporated Arlington Heights in 2018, faced an Aggravated Cruelty to Animals Class 4 Felony charge after he was accused of a violent and brutal attack of a dog in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Isaac Goodlow, then 24, of the block of 4000 Bonhill Drive in unincorporated Arlington Heights in Cook Cook was ordered held on $100,000 bail.

According to the Chicago Police Department, police officers responded about 3:40 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018 to a report of a male adult violently kicking, whipping and choking a pit bull on Ashland Avenue near 61st Street in the West Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. At the scene, Goodlow was allegedly seen dragging the dog along a sidewalk by an extension cord wrapped around the dog’s neck.

As he was arrested, Goodlow allegedly told Chicago police officers that he should have killed the dog, and that the beatings were intended to tame the dog. He also asked why police officers were taking the dog away from him.

According to the police report, the emaciated dog was shaking and scared. Chicago police transported the dog to a 24-hour veterinary clinic for treatment, where older injuries were also discovered.

Isaac Goodlow was convicted of the felony animal cruelty charge and was sentenced to probation.




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