Some comments are beneath contempt.
I am truly awed: EVERY one of yours on this thread are not just contemptible, but genuine examples of fascist groupthink.
People who think like you do scare me, and I’m certain I’m not the only one mortified by your seeming acceptance of jackboots and thuggery being used against blameless citizens simply because some faceless dispatcher sent the wrong address?
“Controlling the dog”? Excuse me, but the dog was PLAYING in its owner’s BACKYARD!
NOBODY could possibly be THAT stupid that they expect a dog that sees a threat (stranger for those in Rio Linda) to NOT approach rapidly said danger in defense of its territory.
The cop was in the wrong on several levels: he was at the wrong address (not his fault), he was in the backyard rather than the front door (his indiscretion AND trespass), he had his sidearm out without provocation and was in a potentially dangerous situation without backup (his fault), he gave conflicting instructions to an innocent party (his fault), he reacted faster than any of the instructions he gave COULD BE implemented (his error).
I have my personal issues with cops, but your absolute deference to every error in this case makes me wonder if you’re not part of the Clark County investigative board. You know they’ve not had a “bad shoot” there since 1975, right?
People who think like you do scare me, and Im certain Im not the only one mortified by your seeming acceptance of jackboots and thuggery being used against blameless citizens simply because some faceless dispatcher sent the wrong address?
The details of the event will likely be reviewed under public pressure, but on the first take handling of the situation was acceptable. You and others might assume that the officer was sent to defuse a reported urgent and potentially life-threatening altercation, then keep your conclusions until you have more details.
I have my personal issues with cops, but your absolute deference to every error in this case makes me wonder if youre not part of the Clark County investigative board.
Well, a few years ago I was president of an urban village association of 102 houses, about 300 people. I had to deal with a couple instances of dogs terrorizing neighbors, with owners not willing to train or restrain their troublesome "pet." So I understand the officer's plight. Are you aware that a "blue heeler" is rather larger, about 50 lb, and is bred to be independent, energetic, aggressive, and to nip and bite? Hmm?
You need to understand that in an urban environment, it is unfair to the pet and to the public if the owner has not met his responsibility to fence, leash, or obedience-train his dog, having that animal under control, even in his own yard. That is the law in my county.
The blue heeler breed is eminently trainable, but the owner here has failed in his social responsibility to the community. The dog is bred to instinctively menace, snarl, and bite cows, why not a law officer, or child chasing a ball onto the lawn, or someone riding a bicycle by, where the dog is not restrained from access to public areas?
Regardless of whether or not the address was "right," the dog owner was in the wrong and was negligent in the responsibility for the predictable menacing of his dog at any time.
Your response in this matter is likewise irrational, emotional, and untrained in self-discipline in assessing the situation and in discussing it without venom in your tone. No wonder you have cued us in that personal issues with law enforcement is a problem for you. Let me suggest that you review your response here, and see if it is reasonable to amend it.
With sincere respect --