Mod note: sorry if im doing this wrong, since it isnt in the "breaking news" forum i choose not to use the article title for my thread title as the
thread includes a further discussion as you will read.
If this needs to to be fixed it can be done.
Ok, so im reading through the news and at first i think i have found something good to read.
It is in an article titled Family gets $333,000 for
2009 raid in which cops killed dog
from the Chicago Tribune.
In the article i am elated to hear that the police department has been found at fault for the wrongful death of a family pet. There has been so many
stories of this happening around the country and i have not, until now, heard of justice prevailing...but...
the payment due to the family for the trespasses they incurred that night, $333,000 is the real reason i decided to make this post...hear me out.
The jury awarded Thomas Russell $175,000, Darren Russell $85,000 and their parents $35,000 each. The jury also awarded the family $2,000 in
punitive damages, levied against Antonsen for shooting the dog, and $1,000, against the police supervisor who made the decision to arrest Thomas
While i am happy, and think perhaps this may stem the tide of these needless shootings (for the most part), my concern now comes with the illusion of
You can see in the article that the actuall officers found at fault are to be held responsible for a mere $3k...the rest has to paid for by the
department...or to be more correct the tax payers.
So where is the justice for that? Im sorry i couldnt just bring you the good news and had to put it in these terms but how are the taxpayers
responsible for this and why should they have to bear the burden of the mistakes of thier officers, in which case the fines levied are indeed as
"excessive" as the actions of the officers involved.
Jennifer Hoyle, a spokeswoman for the city's Law Department, said: "The officers involved in this case were executing a valid search warrant when
this incident occurred and were simply protecting themselves. We are extremely disappointed and reviewing all of our options. In particular, we think
the damages awarded to the plaintiffs were excessive."
I think that if there is to be an appeal on this matter the fines should remain but it should be the burden and responsibilty of the officers
What lessons do these officers (and others) learn from all this...Its ok cuz the taxpayers will pay for it?
i suppose in the end no one will ever know how this all turned out except the few key players involved
Officer Richard Antonsen
edit on 20-8-2011 by RadicalRebel because: spellin'