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Federal police officer shot dog in Arundel park

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posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 08:50 AM
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Federal police officer shot dog in Arundel park


articles.baltimores un.com

Stunned dog owners and residents of a Severn neighborhood are shocked that authorities won't be charging a federal police officer who shot and killed a Siberian husky Monday night at a community dog park.
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posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 08:50 AM
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another example of police harassment and assault... the dogs were playing rough... but what do you want they were dogs... if i shot his dogs i would be in worlds of trouble.

When will police become liable for their actions.. this is a very touchy subject as many of us have had experiences with police officers harassing..

I have a 4 year old and to be honest i am scared of the police state she will most likely grow up in and i feel something needs to be done NOW. maybe this hit too close to home as it happened not even a hours drive from my house but man... just man.

articles.baltimores un.com
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posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 09:03 AM
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That's insane. It's a dog park for christs sake.

If you shot a cops dog you'd have been beaten bloody and tossed in a cell. Potentially for life if it was the cops 'partner.'

They cant have this power. Nobody should have this power. I'd say sue him into a cardboard box but that'll just be taking tax dollars away.

Cops are sick and shouldnt be allowed to walk among normal people. Wishing to be a cop should be some sort of authoritarian test. If you want to be a cop you fail and get sent to live on an island somewhere.



posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 09:04 AM
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I have to say that this is appalling. The officer should not have fired that weapon at all. If any civilian shot a dog in a public park would be arrested and this guy isn't even getting a slap on the wrist. I hope they overturn this and file charges. Unless the dog was attacking HIM or another person and he felt there was no other option that is the only acceptable reason to shoot the dog. From what the article is saying the cop did have a choice and decided to shoot instead.

I don't think cops should be allowed this kind of leniency with the law, in fact I think the law should go harder on them. I know two cops who do come under fire because they are cops, both are good cops so far as I know, and both are good people, but I still think that if a cop is found committing a crime they should be held accountable.



posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 09:09 AM
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"This is tragic," she said. "A community of homeowners with children playing around should not have gun-crazy, off-duty policemen shooting in their area, especially a dog in a controllable situation."

needs to be reiterated



posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 09:11 AM
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According to the article,he didn't even give the
owner time to call off their dog,just pulled out
his gun and shot him.I feel the officer should be
charged with animal cruelty.We all know that will
never happen.



posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 09:19 AM
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Isn't it against the law to discharge a fire arm in a populated area? Or at least within a certain distance of a populated area?

So just because this guy is a cop, he can pull out his handgun, fire it at, and kill a dog that wasn't even attacking him, in a neighborhood with children in it. And he gets nothing? Not even his badge / weapon taken away?

Welcome to the world we live in... very sad.



posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 09:19 AM
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From the dog's owner:


Animal control informed us there wasn't a scratch on the shepherd. So where was the threat? Why is our dog dead? Why can we not press charges? What type of officer is he and who does he work for. My wife and I have been getting stonewalled all day with his details. Source


I bet the inability to press charges has nothing to do with not having a case. there's clearly a case. At the very least there's unlawful discharge of a weapon.
It's more about what magic department this "officer" works for and any charges likely to just be ignored.

Two wrongs dont make a right but if the cop gets pummeled to death with stones at least he wont be able to kill anyone elses pet or child for no reason at all.

[edit on 4-8-2010 by thisguyrighthere]



posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 09:31 AM
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Thanks Op, It's fricken sad that this A$$ decided to go over and above what was called for, no clue how Dogs will be dogs, chances are this pet was so excited about being outside amoung other pets. considermost city animal are confine to a apartment most of their days, it just was excited.
I'd like to give another insight how other cops had a handle on the outcome..

www.abovetopsecret.com...

Now considering after he shot the dog again after the first one and the pet was waging it's tail before doing so, ( he give up and was in pain)Tells you how the power of doing so was a crime.

Anyone that kills like this, needs to be removed... it could be you next!

Jesse



posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 09:36 AM
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It is not illegal to discharge a firearm in a city limit.
The cause must be justifiable.
How else do you think that a homeowner can shoot a burglar,
or a nurse can shoot a man attempting to rape her.

Maybe the Husky was trying to assault the Shepherd or rape the Shepherd.



posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 09:54 AM
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Are you on board of what is being discussed here, raping another dog? Please! Are you going shoot a dog if it happens to hump your leg?
yea that's justified.
I can't beleive I'm attempting to discuss this with you!

Jesse



posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 10:08 AM
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With all the witnesses against the federal agent it's really hard to give him the benefit of doubt. What concerns me the most is how he is being protected. Just what kind of agent he is that his identity is more important than his crimes? If he is so important then why is he walking around Baltimore shooting dogs?

The killing of the poor dog is terrible but something more sinister is going on here.



posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 10:10 AM
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Sadly,

The cop would probably also walk if he shot the dog's owner too - Maybe even tortured him for getting upset. *There is alot of that nowadays with the police.



posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 10:11 AM
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[edit on 4-8-2010 by thebulldog]



posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 10:14 AM
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A local police officer shot a dog yesterday in our community as well. A Boxr (in the owner's front yard)! Neighbors called to complain, the officer came and felt "threatened" by the Boxer...

Who was really threatened??? The DOG! The Dog Owner!!!

This is just bull Chit!

Dog Shot By Police
Mary Stackhouse Staff Writer
5:11 PM CDT, August 3, 2010


DECATUR - A family of three's pet boxer is recovering at an animal hospital in Decatur after they say it was shot by a police officer yesterday. Buster's owner, Ron Toelken, says it happened right in his front yard on Cornville Road in Decatur, just before noon.

"I walked down by the fence, and the officer was standing there with a smoking gun in his hand pretty much," said Toelken. "I asked him, surely you didn't just use that on my dog, and he said, well yes sir, I did."


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Earlier that day, Ron says he recieved a call that a neighbor had contacted animal control because his dog was loose. According to Decatur police Lt. Jonathan Green, an officer arrived soon after and say that Buster and another one of Toelken's dogs were disturbing some neighbors.

"There was an elderly female who came out of her house. The dogs saw her and turned their attention to her and charged her. That's when the officer acted," said Green.

As soon as the officer stepped out of his vehicle, Green says the dog lunged at him aggressively. That's when he says the dog was shot.

"He was there to protect the public, but once his life was threatened, well, he had to protect and defend himself," he said.

Still, Ron says the shooting was uncalled for and believes that the officer overracted.

"He may have gotten out of the car expecting that it was automatically a dangerous animal, but had he knelt down and said come here, everything would have been okay," said Toelken.

Decatur police say theyhave received complaints in the past about Toelken's dogs roaming free. Toelken says he always keeps his dogs locked up in the backyard, but on this occasion, the door hadn't been closed completely.



posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 10:26 AM
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Just searching Google News "cop shoots dog" brings up an appalling number of instances for this week alone.

Is there some standing order for cops to kill every dog they see? Are departments keeping scores?

Has it always been this way or is it on the rise?

I'd like to see a nice spreadsheet with stats over the years, breeds, public/private property and the excuse the cops gave.



posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 10:56 AM
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It has come to the point those that we put on our streets to protect us have no rules to really serve. Objective CYA
I have no time for this, get rid of this problem, I need to get lunch!
What do we pay our Animal control officers to do, they never had a chance to engage.

This Pet was never a threat.
Guess who was.

We need to profile those that are in the law inforcement that show no real regard for life, but to enhance their excuse to do there job when their not in a postion to do so.

I don't mean to say, all are in this frame of mind.. There are those with compassion. However know/realize those that have none... It's a power trip for them, they don't have what it really takes to control.

Why not pull out the Stun gun when your in question!

After all, we can hope for the same results.. rare consideration.

Jesse



posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 11:13 AM
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I'll probably get slammed for this.. but i'm sick of reading things like this. If a cop ever decided to shoot my dog, he better be wearing his vest, cause I got a H&K .308 with his name on it. Enough is enough.



posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 11:30 AM
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Here's an interview with the owner




posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 11:42 AM
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Perhaps a criminal case is not an option here, but maybe there is a civil case just waiting to happen. I would say that $25,000.00 should cover the damages.




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