Saturday, June 13, 2009

Shooting dogs and tasering grandmas

US cops are out of control. And apparently it's all within 'department policy' according to the police investigations.

Video after video shows the merciless application of lethal brutality for 'not responding' quick enough, disagreeing with an officer or just getting mouthy. All these are termed 'resisting arrest' and can result in lethat application of force - it's all in the manual folks.

Now please enjoy officers shooting dachshunds and chihuahuas because they were 'threatening'.

I am not going to bother to comment on these stories: I assume the reader has sense enough to draw conclusions without stating the obvious.

Family outraged after police shoot pet dog on their front porch

Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Two grown men that can't gather up a five-pound dog – and they're trained police officers – sounds ridiculous to me.
-Scott Bullock

A family is outraged after returning home to find police had Tasered and shot dead their pet Chihuahua.

Scott and Sharon Bullock returned to their home in Blue Ash, Cincinnati after a family member's funeral to find blood and three bullets on their front porch - along with a note telling them to call police about their dog.

Police said the dog - a Chihuahua mix named 'Jack' - had escaped from the back yard and two officers had tried to catch him, eventually chasing Jack back to the Bullocks' home.

"He was cornered on the porch and scared," Sharon Bullock told

"The officer bent down bare-handed to pick up Jack, and Jack bit him."

Blue Ash police said one officer was bitten 17 times on one hand and nine times on the other before he eventually attempted to Taser the dog.

When that didn't work the two officers shot at Jack three times, killing him with the third shot. [You think the officer might have been pissed off?]

The Bullocks say they've told their five-year-old and three-year-old sons that Jack ran away.

"My five-year-old cried himself to sleep the night before last, wanting his dog," said Sharon Bullock.

"He 'barks' for him," Scott Bullock added.

"He'd 'bark' and Jack would always come to him, so he's outside going 'Bark bark bark,' hoping he's gonna come back. It's heartbreaking."

The family says, while they were at fault for leaving the dog outside, they don't understand why the police didn't call an animal control unit like the SPCA to handle Jack, who had never attacked anyone before.

"They didn't make that phone call other than to come scoop the dog off the porch after they shot him," said Scott Bullock.

"Two grown men that can't gather up a five-pound dog – and they're trained police officers – sounds ridiculous to me."

Blue Ash police said the officers had acted according to department policy.

“The officers, as badly as the officer was getting bitten, he had to do something to protect himself,” Lieutenant Paul Hartinger told

“They first chose physical means, then a taser and when those two didn't work, he had no option but to shoot the dog."

Killer, who died Monday night after being shot once, was described as “just a little house dog.“

June 11, 2009

DANVILLE -- Danville's police chief says one of his officers acted properly by shooting and killing an 11-year-old miniature dachshund that ran at him while growling.

Neighbors said Killer, who died Monday night after being shot once, was a sweet, mild-mannered dog.

"He just kind of walked up and down the neighborhood and didn't bother anybody," said Jenine Edmunds, who lives on the same cul-de-sac as Killer's owners, Tawaiin Harper and his family. "He was just a little house dog."

Police Chief Philip Broadfoot declined to name the officer who shot and killed the dog while serving two outstanding warrants to a neighbor.

As the officer returned to his car, "he was surprised by a growling dog running through the yard directly at him from the rear, leaving him with just seconds to consider his options," according to the a release from Broadfoot.

The options, according to the chief: running to the squad car, distracting the dog or using pepper spray, a baton or firearm.

Broadfoot said the dog lunged at the officer and attacked him.

"Shooting a dog which is actively presenting a threat to an officer is within the department's policy," according to the release.

Harper said he drove home from work to try to comfort his wife and two children after they called to say Killer had been shot to death by the officer.

The officer's supervisor, a lieutenant, "was very, very remorseful," Harper said. "He kept apologizing. And he said, 'I know apologizing can't bring the dog back, but I just don't know what to say.' "

Harper said friends and neighbors have asked if the family will get another dog.

"You can't replace Killer. He's one of a kind. I'm still trying to soak it in because the dog had been with us so long. He was a family member. They took a family member away."

-- Media General News Service

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