Saturday, May 21, 2011

Doggycide: Cop casually slaughters innocent dog on tape

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This would have gotten old and boring long ago if it weren’t so sad and infuriating. Another day, another cop slaughters an innocent family pet for absolutely no reason and escapes any and all accountability for it. And this time, it’s caught on tape by a local Durham, North Carolina news station (video is SFW):

The story:

DURHAM (WTVD) -- Did a member of a Durham police SWAT team go too far when he shot and killed a dog during a raid in April? Some say it was unnecessary force.

ABC11 cameras captured the incident at a home on Dunstan Avenue April 12.

Officers were looking for Pete Moses and Vania Sisk. According to search warrants, Moses is a suspect in the disappearance of a woman and a 5-year-old boy. Sisk is the boy's mother.

While they've not been charged in the disappearances, the SWAT team arrested the pair on other charges at the Dunstan Avenue home after surrounding it the evening of April 12.

After the people in the home surrendered, the SWAT team approached to make sure no one else was inside. As ABC11 cameras recorded, the lead officer went up the front steps and then turned and fired at a dog three times - killing it.

The dog doesn't appear to be vicious and doesn't appear to lunge at officers. In the video, you can see a man sitting on the stoop of a home next door and others standing on the next porch as the three high-powered rounds were fired in their direction.

The bystanders were not hurt.

Eighteen-year-old Deshawn Porter told ABC11 the dog - a lab named Sheba - was his best friend.

"I didn't know what to say," he said. "My neighbor says they shot my dog several times."

And, of course, the police are being as open and honest as they usually are in these cases:

Porter said he asked police why the dog was killed.

"He said the dog was getting vicious and ready to attack," said Porter.

But that's not how others saw it. ABC11 asked the Durham Police Department about the incident. It said the officers were making a high-risk entry and the dog appeared to growl and make aggressive moves.


After the standoff, he said police did not apologize and took his dog's body with them when they left the scene. He doesn't know what was done with it.

Of course, any idiot watching the video can clearly tell the Labrador was just there, not even moving or making any aggressive move whatsoever, when the first SWAT officer casually points his submachine gun down and lays waste to him. I wonder why these dog-slaughtering cops make the additional effort to bullshit about what happened, when they show they clearly don’t even give a shit to begin with:

ABC11 offered to show Durham police officials the video and to also ask if it was appropriate to discharge an automatic weapon so close to innocent civilians. They declined.

Murdering innocent animals, needlessly endangering civilian lives … all in an average day’s work, right? No need for oversight or accountability for any such trivial matters.

(via The Agitator)