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Don’t Shoot The Dogs: The Growing Epidemic Of Cops Shooting Family Dogs

Activist Post – by John Whitehead

“In too much of policing today, officer safety has become the highest priority. It trumps the rights and safety of suspects. It trumps the rights and safety of bystanders. It’s so important, in fact, that an officer’s subjective fear of a minor wound from a dog bite is enough to justify using potentially lethal force, in this case at the expense of a 4-year-old girl. And this isn’t the first time. In January, an Iowa cop shot and killed a woman by mistake while trying to kill her dog. Other cops have shot other kidsother bystanderstheir partnerstheir supervisors and even themselves while firing their guns at a dog. That mind-set is then, of course, all the more problematic when it comes to using force against people.”—Journalist Radley Balko

The absurd cruelties of the American police state keep reaching newer heights.

Consider that if you kill a police dog, you could face a longer prison sentence than if you’d murdered someone or abused a child.

If a cop kills your dog, however, there will be little to no consequences for that officer.

Not even a slap on the wrist.

In this, as in so many instances of official misconduct by government officials, the courts have ruled that the cops have qualified immunity, a legal doctrine that incentivizes government officials to engage in lawless behavior without fear of repercussions.

Read the rest here: Activist Post

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4 Responses to Don’t Shoot The Dogs: The Growing Epidemic Of Cops Shooting Family Dogs

  1. KOYOTE says:

    “If a cop kills your dog, however, there will be little to no consequences for that officer.”
    WELL NOW.
    THAT DEPENDS ON WHOSE DAMN DOG IT IS…
    NOW DON’T IT?!

  2. DL. says:

    I’d say out here cops have more to worry about than dogs!

  3. avgjoe says:

    Growing Epidemic ?

    It’s been standard practice for a very long time…

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