No he isnt, because the PD/taxpayer will still be held responsible for the rogue cop actions. He still committed the crime under color of authority.
Seriously, if today the law became “All cops personally responsible”, do you think any would stay? Or enough to constitute a PD?
I know If the people I worked for would hang me out to dry, I’d quit.
Cops are held personally responsible for their illegal actions. They go to jail all the time for wrongly shooting people.
Any cop who shoots a threatening child w/o first considering alternatives would have a serious legal problem. Most pet dogs are nothing more than threatening children. I will agree that dogs obviously kept for security & intimidation are exceptions.
I totally diagree with your assertion that there would be far fewer police if they were held responsible for their illegal actions. What there would be is fewer “shoot first & ask questions later” police.
I do agree that if it is PD policy to shoot even slightly aggressive dogs, then the officer acted appropriately & is blameless. If so, the policy should be changed.
Would a policeman who owns dogs immediately shoot a dog on private property? I seriously doubt it. Most dog owners would go out of their way to avoid harming the dog. Was the reason for the police visit so important as to warrant killing the occupants or destroying private property?
There are 39% of households in the USA with at lease one dog, & 74M dogs owned by Americans. Police will encounter dogs in 4 of 10 households they approach. They have a responsibility to deal with pets in a humane & considerate manner unless the dog owner encourages violence. That might not be law, but it is the right thing to do.
Don’t need cops
That’s what the Second Amendment is for.