While I don't condone mob mentality or criminal actions, (as those types of things can quickly get out of hand and throw justice to the wayside)
there has to be something said about these types of "Ops" by anon.
Essentially, the interconnectivity the internet gives us today is the ability of public opinion to present a massive force against leaders, or
authorities in general.
While their actions are crossing a line, it's a line that has been drawn because of abuse of power.
I did mention in the other thread the owner had some faults of his own in the encounter, but the major failure was by the police officers who acted
out simply because it's the norm, or simply because they could. The owner put the dog in the car, (the windows were open granted) but it wasn't
until they got physically forceful with the man that the dog jumped out to defend them. They crossed the first line.
The owner had a history of run ins with the police where he stated that he was mistreated or his rights were violated. The neighbourhood makes claims
of lopsided pressure and prejudicial behaviour from the police in general. Given that, to clear away those stereotypes the police will need to set a
positive example in that district.
This is not impossible by the way. There have been many police departments that have made efforts to change the public perception in
This isn't easy though. This means interacting with the public in a positive way. Not being an ass is priority one.
It only takes one bad apple to completely screw up public perception of the police and this is why it is entirely necessary for them to be even more
strict with discipline with their own. The blue shield needs to vanish. This whole above the law thinking needs to go away. (Just like at the IRS when
they are ripping into organizations and people for suspicion of breaking tax code, but when their behaviour is questioned they plead the 5th.)
So while it's hard to condone these actions, they are a result of public opinion coming back at abuse of power.
1000 years ago it might have been a dung pie or an egg launched at a feudal Lord from anonymity of a crowd. Today it's this.
Unless the people in power start addressing these issues with actual investigations and realistic reprimands (not instant absolution from friendly
agencies or inter-agencies), this kind of thing is bound to happen.
One day we saw the dog being shot, the next day we saw a handcuffed suspect getting elbowed in the back of the head into a paddy wagon. In the second
case the judge said video evidence would be omitted and then of course, there is no case.
When officials start investigating and prosecuting crimes by their own people, setting a standard for these things as intolerable, perhaps anon
(everyone) will be satisfied with the result. Until then, expect vigilante justice, as justice is sought, and if it's not provided, someone will fill
Kind of like a free market effect with morality.