I have a Facebook friend who is a fellow Druid, he shared some cop versus animal horror stories with me. A litter of kittens being shot point blank by a guy with a badge. His witnesses are children who must have loved those kittens very much. Were the kittens a nuisance, did they pose a threat to human neighbors? Were those kittens a threat to the police officer? Or was he the kind of guy who thought that by wearing a badge, his badge was a sufficient excuse for his otherwise pug ugly behavior.
Another scenario, dog is in a fenced in yard, the dog owner’s children are in the yard with the dog. Was the dog barking? Were the kids playing with the dog? Was the dog a nuisance or a threat to the neighbors or the approaching cop? Well, this latter scenario was that the cop got out of his patrol car and shot the dog in the face. The homeowner had every right to be upset, because the cop could have easily nailed one of her children.
Facebook is where I heard all the gory details. And where my fellow Druid could chase down these stories and post these links, then I have no doubt that my readers can do the same.
Before I continue with the rest of this post, I no longer have dogs. I keep my cats, what I have of them, safely inside my mobile home. My pets are no nuisance or a threat to anyone. So, my neighbors would have no cause to complain about my pets ever being in their yards and causing problems. So far, I have heard no complaints because I try to be a responsible owner.
However, we now have a scenario here in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho where the officer involved made some bizarre excuses for why he shot a dog locked inside some guy’s van down at Java on Sherman. The window was only rolled down just enough for the dog to get fresh air. What ever the cop did when approaching this van, he certainly set the dog to barking. The after the fact excuses the cop made later, but he had to shoot through the window to kill the dog. The photos appeared on Facebook. The dog was restrained, the dog was no immediate threat, the officer still shot the dog. From what I understand, the cop also took off with the dead dog. He or she didn’t hang around for long enough to explain why it was thought necessary to kill a pet safely locked in a van.
No, I am not a police officer. But if this were a “suspect van” in a child luring case, I would assume that the cop would follow the necessary protocol and run the plates. And as long as this van was in the Java on Sherman parking lot, the cop might have to just assume the owner was inside the establishment and contact him directly. Did that happen, no. Had it happened that way, the Coeur d’Alene Police Department would not now be facing a lawsuit. Nor do you just kill an animal inside someone’s car where the windows are partially rolled down. If you thought the animal was suffering: time to run the plates, get the help of animal control, find the owner and have something legal to say about his particular irresponsible conduct. And from my understanding also of the situation, it would have been impossible for that cop to not know a dog was in that van. I have walked past many a pickup, car, and van that had someone’s pets inhabiting it. The dogs seeing my approach begin barking, even lunging. They will scrabble up against the windows, clawing like crazy. If they could, they’d follow you around while still in that car, barking or yapping like crazy. You can be up to two feet away from that vehicle in question, and the dogs will immediately alert on you. So, the police officer(?) would be well past the “I was startled” claim, by the time he pulled the trigger on a dog.
The Coeur d’Alene Press page on Facebook had a number of posts from people rightfully outraged by what happened. It could have been their pets, or even their children. Others were trying to excuse the cop and lay all the blame on the pet’s owner, I regard the latter as no great surprise. But it is social media, and news carries very fast here. It is very possible to find the kinds of links my Druid friend found, and bring the info to the attention of others. If he can, and you have to get on the internet somehow to post comments to the CDA Press page, then so can you. Ignorance about other similar incidents is not an excuse.
NWCN discussed the CDA Police Department getting threatening phone calls. This specific incident was reported on from Los Angeles, California to London, England. At one time, the Aryan Nations gave the state of Idaho a black eye. Now it is the cops, who apparently have nothing better to do, who are looking for an excuse to cause trouble. Not all cops by any means. But even a few cops gone rogue can give their respective departments a black eye and an international embarrassment, if nothing is Ultimately done about them.