Slant of the topic, I apologize in advance.
It seems more and more often and common that police are using the tagline "feared for my/his safety" to justify some of the most brash and brazen of
actions against the very community they are supposed to be protecting.
-NYC copper steps towards and shoves a cyclist hard into the street in front of a large crowd and then claims he was concerned for his safety as the
rider was passing to close to him.
-Cop tazes an elderly woman, misses and fires again. He proceeds to restrict her oxygen flow by crimping the tube. The woman was home bound and
could barely get out of bed alone. Yet, somehow he felt her tone put his safety in imminent danger.
-NYC Subway police gang tackle a suspected gang member and out of fear, a rookie cop grabs for his tazer and instead shoots the suspect point
There are dozens x dozens more stories along these same lines, from all over the US and the world. You can look up sources for these, but I know for
a fact that these three are right here on ATS.
So, if everything that we as the populace do strikes fear into the hearts and minds of police everywhere, to the point where they feel like they
equate their jobs to that of soldiers sweeping a terrorist village, then what good are they? Sure, they talk a good game, but apparently the rule of
thumb now is shoot first, apologize later, laugh in the locker room, business as usual.
As to the OP...my dogs are my life. They are my pets, my best friends and my most loyal companions. Anyone knowingly causing harm to them will have
to kill me to stop me. I have had a couple of encounters with people coming to my house and asking me to put my dogs away. "Sorry, they live here,
you dont. Choice is yours" And may your god protect your soul if you raise a weapon to them.
Here is something pertinent to this situation that has not been mentioned. I dont see much of anything addressing the psychology of Canus
Dogs are pack animals. They bond with their pack and every member fights together. They are bred knowing strength in numbers. Domestic dog relies
almost completely on their human. This dependancy has been bred into them over thousands of years (yes, thousands). They defend that which they
claim is their own. Any dog will go to war at his masters side if it is truly necessary. However, unless that is the indication, they are not very
likely to attack a random stranger, especially if the human is interacting with them in a non-threatening manner. They will and do take their cues
from their humans.
Someone mentioned the breed above. I read the story too. Your attempted slant using on the Pit Bull side of the breed instantly lost you any and all
credit with me. It was a Lab-Pit mix. The mix does count. Labradors are man-serving canines. It is bred into the very genetic code. They are bred
down from Newfoundland, which carries the nickname Nanny Dog, for their docile and gentle manner around children. Pit Bulls are hearty
hunting/herding/guard dogs. Yes, its true that they are the number one fight trained dog in the US. But they are also just animals subject to the
masters training. It grinds my nerves to hear this very historic and noble breed blasted because they are kin to a fighting dog. Its no different
that calling every black person a cracked head thief and every white person a genocidal skinhead.
I know I got on a rant, so I will wrap up saying that I hope this officer suffers harshly in his life for what he has done. He has just lied and
cheated to cover up fear and abuse, which should dump a mountain of karmic debt on him, enough to drowned his soul.
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