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Analysis posted Sep 11 2012, 2:54 AM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: InformationLiberation Print

Officer Enforcing Leash Law Shoots Family's Dog, Witness Horrified

Chris | InformationLiberation

A St. Louis, Michigan police officer intent on enforcing a mandatory leash law repeatedly shot a family's dog as a neighbor watched in horror.

Walmsley says she was outside playing with her own dog when her neighbor's golden retriever, Scout, ran over into her yard. She says she called the dog over to play, which Scout did, and then Scout ran back over back into his own yard. That's when Walmsley says a police officer showed up.

Walmsley said the officer asked if the was dog hers. She said "no," but told the officer Scout wasn't dangerous. She says the officer tried to catch the dog, who apparently didn't want to be caught. The dog tried to run away and when cornered by the officer, let out a little growl. Walmsley says she couldn't believe what happened next.

"I heard 'pop pop pop pop pop,' and I thought, 'what is going on,' and I [saw] the St. Louis Police Department standing over my dog," said Scout's owner.

"He just started shooting him, he just kept shooting him in the head," said Walmsley. "I said, 'What are you doing? He's just a puppy!'"

The dog was taken to the vet were it later died.

The witness says the officer wasn't provoked and she doesn't feel his reaction was warranted. Scout's owners were inside their house during the incident.
The police chief says the shooting was justified because the officer "felt threatened."

That the dog was the one being threatened and was merely acting in self-defense I guess is in no way relevant.

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Posted: Sep 12 2012, 1:03 PM

10889 To be fair, the only side to this story the article represents is that of the dog owner. Any dog, including golden retrievers, can be aggressive and terrifying to non-family members if not socialized properly. In fact, I live next door to one.

So, before condemning the cops, we would have to know if the dog was truly acting aggressively or not, and not just take the dog owner's word for it.

Posted: Sep 12 2012, 1:45 PM

70184 The chief defended this behavior? WTF?

Posted: Sep 12 2012, 1:53 PM

64217 No, actually Retrievers are bred to be the nicest of dogs. They are known for their kindness. Even unsocialized Retrievers from the pound are some of the most adoptable animals because of this. It is highly unlikely the officer was in any danger.

In fact, all the jerk had to do was get back in his car.

Also, according to the witnesses, the officer coaxed the dog out. This sounds premeditated. Psychopaths are known for killing animals before humans. It's not impossible for such people to join the police force.

Posted: Sep 12 2012, 1:55 PM

64217 The officer cornered the dog. If he had the ability to corner it, he had options and was not in danger. The officer is a dangerous killer and should be fired.

He chose to discharge his firearm at a family pet multiple times all while in a neighborhood with kids. Ricochets happen people.

He should have avoided the use of his firearm unless all other options had been exhausted, but that is clearly not the case.

Posted: Sep 12 2012, 2:29 PM

98189 Piss off! Keep trying to justify the shooting of a puppy in your warped mind

Posted: Sep 12 2012, 3:19 PM

24215 We should deal with these thug cops the same way this thug cop dealt with that dog.
If he will kill a dog that easily

Posted: Sep 12 2012, 6:41 PM

9963 then he clearly likes killing - next time it will be a human as his apetite grows for this kind of thing

Posted: Sep 13 2012, 9:06 PM

7447 Something needs to be done. This behavior CANNOT be tolerated. All else fails, God sees all. So good luck officer.

Posted: Sep 14 2012, 7:15 AM

64228 If a cops are so cowardly that they need to shoot every dog they see, and use force on defenseless people maybe they're too wimpy to be cops. Still waiting on the "good cops" to do something about these pigs.
This is EXACTLY why "bein' a cop is a dangerous job". Because they make us hate them.

Posted: Sep 14 2012, 6:14 PM

752 At least we know what occupation the psychopaths have.

Posted: Sep 19 2012, 6:19 PM

20854 I feel like there's a greater issue here. The officer discharged his firearm in a neighborhood where there are children and innocent people who could be hit by his stray bullets! I read that he fired 5 or 7 times and only hit the dog twice. Those other rounds could have hit someones child or grandmother. This is becoming much too common, and has to stop. Police have pepper spray and tasers which are plenty enough to deal with a dog. Just their whistle is loud enough to make most dogs stop in their tracks. Last I knew, police are only supposed to use firearms when their life is in danger, i.e. someone with a firearm or approaching with a knife or baseball bat. Now, more and more I'm hearing about police shooting unarmed people as they flee, tasing old ladies that talk back, and pepper spraying just about anyone for anything. The police have gotten out of control, and they are not "Serving and Protecting" when they shoot our dogs. I don't think a single dog poses a threat to an adult's life. Next time someone tries to side with the police on these issues ask them "When was the last time a police officer rescued you from danger?". Maybe one person in a million can cite an instance... and that's a conservative estimate in the police's favor...
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