On Monday night, a deer that was about one-year-old wandered into the backyard of a residence in East Oakland. A neighborhood man, Anthony Weems, recorded amateur video footage of the police shooting the deer.
Police officers arrived and apparently deemed the situation a public safety issue. They had the area cleared of people and then killed the deer.
“The deer was scared. It wasn’t doing anything. The whole time, it was in the corner, shaking.” It seems likely that such a young deer was merely lost and confused. Shooting an innocent, harmless animal is such a peculiar and cruel act. It solves nothing, and is very likely to have caused emotional distress to the local residents, including the children.
MMMM deer! I see no problem with shooting it.
The incident began when two Oakland Housing Authority officers spotted the deer running on the 8700 block of Birch Street about 10:30 a.m., said housing authority spokesman Marcus Walton. The officers saw the deer running into the carport on 90th Avenue behind a home belonging to Kim McElmore. The animal then jumped a fence and ended up in Brian Campbell's backyard.
The housing authority officers notified Oakland animal control and the state Department of Fish and Game, Walton said.
But sources said that before a state game warden could arrive, Oakland police Sgt. Terrance West ordered another officer to kill the deer. The officer, whose name was not released, fired several shots, but the deer did not die immediately, so he fired several more shots, Weems said. A total of six or seven shots were fired but it was not known how many hit the deer.
Deer didn't have to die, Oakland police chief confirms
OAKLAND — A young male deer roaming the streets in an urban East Oakland neighborhood Saturday morning was a startling sight, but residents soon became even more perplexed when police officers shot and killed the animal.
The incident was caught on video and has gone viral on the Internet, stirring up concern from animal lovers. Oakland police have launched an investigation into the shooting.
"I was in tears after it happened," said Kim McLemore, who lives in the 1700 block of 90th Avenue. The deer had run through McLemore's carport and jumped a fence into the yard of a rental unit behind her home. She said she spoke with the officers who eventually shot the animal.
Police officials are also questioning the shooting of the deer.
"I'm unhappy with the results of this incident," Oakland police Chief Anthony Batts said in a statement Tuesday. "I do not like what I saw (in the video). We are reviewing our policies and our procedures surrounding this incident to ensure that something like this does not happen again. I understand the importance of life and am working toward implementing strategies that will result in humane outcomes in our future contacts with wildlife."
"The police kept everyone out of there," she said. "They evacuated the apartment building behind that unit. And my sister took my kids down the street. And then they shot at it at least six times. Pop pop. No kids saw it, and then the way the cars were, they couldn't have seen it when they brought it out. But there are still bullet fragments in the fence."
Neighbors questioned why animal control officers, who had tranquilizer guns, did not use them. But police said those officers were not trained to use the specialized guns.
"Our officers and even animal control officers are not equipped to deal with wildlife of that nature," Thomason said. "But I don't know why they have (tranquilizer guns) if they don't know how to use them. That's all part of our investigation."
Read more: Contra Costa Times
Originally posted by silo13
reply to post by Darkblade71
MMMM deer! I see no problem with shooting it.
Are you completely deranged?
It took more than ONE SHOT.
It isn't deer season.
The deer wasn't even legal catch in season - not even a 'button' deer!
No public hazard that.
In a BACK YARD.
Using a semi-auto pistol.
WITH CHILDREN AS A WITNESS.
And for NO REASON?
GET A GRIP.
It's people like you who give gun owners and hunters a bad name.
Oh, and for your info?
I've hunted practically all my life, pistol, rifle, bow.
So don't even BEGIN to GO THERE with me!
[edit on 8-5-2010 by silo13]
Originally posted by Ferris.Bueller.II
Hopefully Oakland police Sgt. Terrance West pays 'deer'ly for his actions.
But sources said that before a state game warden could arrive, Oakland police Sgt. Terrance West ordered another officer to kill the deer.
Originally posted by Miracle Man
reply to post by silo13
A deer that is cornered in a backyard with little children is a public hazard that should be considered very dangerous, no matter the age.