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Posted on 10/22/2013 1:17:32 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey
MOUNTAIN CITY, TN (WBIR) - A Tennessee police officer has been fired after displaying heavy force in an attempt to rid a Dollar General Store of a squirrel. The incident occurred last Thursday in Mountain City, when according to police documents, now-former Officer Jody Putnam found himself at the right place at the right time. Or the wrong place at the wrong time. Documents state that Putnam happened to be inside the Dollar General Store at the same time employees noticed a squirrel. That's when Putnam sprang into action, discharging his firearm at the squirrel inside the store. Unsuccessful, he moved on to option 2: pepper spray.
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He was fired because he used the one round he was allowed to carry.
How many police officers have been fired for shooting the family dog?
The Squirrel Wars: When Denver police took on the squirrels
June 15, 2010
Anyone who has ever lived in Denver or the surrounding cities knows that there are a lot of very large, very vocal, and sometimes quite pushy squirrels living in the neighborhoods and parks, ready to steal food from your picnic or even your car. They brashly and brazenly flaunt their stolen wares, daring anyone to do anything.
In 1943, a city councilman, tired of these brash furred denizens, decided enough was enough. A dentist in East Denver, Herbert C. Dolph, who sat on the city council as representative for East Denver, truly hated squirrels and their rude behavior. So on November 30, 1943, Dolph pushed a bill through city council banning anti-social squirrels from three Denver districts. (Note that socially acceptable and well behaved squirrels were still welcome throughout Denver.) This bill stated that if a resident called in a squirrel complaint, the police were obligated to go out and deal with this culprit. Should said squirrel be found guilty police officers were afforded the opportunity to play judge and jury in squirrel cases the officers were authorized to abate the offender.
Of course, this created an outcry. Squirrels can be a nuisance, but so is gunfire in the early hours of the morning, and much more distressing to the citizenry as well! Local conservationists were in an uproar. The Colorado Federation of Womens Clubs, The Federation of Garden Clubs and The Colorado State Conservation Council all went to the city council, pointing out some pertinent facts:
Its really hard to tell which squirrel is the guilty party. Innocent squirrels were dying because of the behavior of one bad boy (or girl).
And most pertinent, it was a waste of police and tax resources that could be put to better use.
However, the ordinance passed, and Mayor Stapleton refused to veto the bill.
Paul Atkinson, one of Mr. Dolphs constituents, was so incensed by this activity, that in 1945, he sued the Denver Police department for $1000 for the indiscriminant shooting of squirrels, which was behavior counter to the ordinance. Calling them the Squirrel Shooting Squad, Atkinson pointed out specific officers guilty of this offense. He also pointed out that the ordinance was unconstitutional, because it was singling out certain squirrels living in certain districts, rather than being applied to all the districts.
However, Atkinsons efforts failed, and on September 8th, 1946, the district court upheld the ruling, stating that the city had the power to deal with nuisances, and that squirrels were the property of the state, not individuals with individual rights.
The ordinance was finally repealed in 1956.
No they don't. The cop was more likely to be rabid than the squirrel. http://rabies.emedtv.com/rabies/rabies-and-squirrels.html
This why GOD created air rifles!
It’s also why GOD gave man the intellect to create silencers. They should be as legal and readily available as buying a scope!
Almost had me on that one!
youd have thought the cop might have used one...at some point in his life...
no mention of family nor when the memorial service would occur...
not nearly enough ,,,
I bet his superiors would rather he come near driving himself nuts by trying to club the squirrel with his nightstick
~ Clark Griswold
Now if he’d shot the store manager instead of the squirrel, he could be on vacation right now...
“no justice no peace”- said Rev Al Sharpsquirrel
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