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Cops Shot at Retreating Arthritic Dog Toward House Filled with Children: Business as Usual
reason.com ^ | Jun. 27, 2014 | Brian Doherty

Posted on 06/27/2014 2:13:46 PM PDT by HammerT

More in contemporary policing practice keeping you and yours safe and sound, out of Mason County, West Virginia, reported in the Charleston Daily Mail:It starts with a bunch of police cars chasing a suspect in a car down a not-much-traveled rural road. A family dog goes to investigate when eight police officers and their dog in tactical gear emerge from the woods near the Sweat family home.

Then:

[Ginger Sweat's] 6-year-old Basset hound/beagle mix, Willy Pete, left the porch and made his way toward the troopers. The dog, she said, suffered from arthritis in his back legs and was not aggressive...

Sweat said she was still inside when she saw the trooper raise a weapon at her dog.

“I ran out my door, jumping up and down screaming ‘don’t shoot my dog, he won’t bite, just let me get him in the house,’” she said.

She said the officer fired one shot toward the dog but missed. She said Willy Pete turned tail and was running back toward her.

He ran towards me with desperation in his eyes,” she said. “They fired again in my direction. In the direction of my home where my kids were.”

She said three more shots were fired, a total of four shots. Willy Pete, she said, was hit three times. The dog went to the back of the mobile home. Sweat said she found the dog near the air conditioning unit.

“I watched my dog struggle and then die,” she said. “I collapsed in a puddle in the floor, screaming and crying.”

(Excerpt) Read more at reason.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Local News; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: abuseofpower; alwaysshootdogfirst; banglist; dogkilling; donutwatch; jbta; leosoutofcontrol; tyranny
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1 posted on 06/27/2014 2:13:46 PM PDT by HammerT
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To: HammerT

I feel sick


2 posted on 06/27/2014 2:16:50 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: HammerT

Cops: Revenuers for the Welfare State.

If you’re lucky, that’s all they are.


3 posted on 06/27/2014 2:18:22 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (The GOP-e scum enlisted Democrats to steal the Republican primary. The GOP-e can go to Hell.)
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To: HammerT

The police officer/s and their department facilitators should have criminal charges filed against them.


4 posted on 06/27/2014 2:19:12 PM PDT by WhiskeyX
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To: HammerT

Thugs. Storm troopers. KGB. Stasi. Gestapo. Chinese police sh!t.

I can’t wait for the day when I read that a pet owner offed a pig for shooting at their dog.


5 posted on 06/27/2014 2:19:47 PM PDT by x1stcav ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.")
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To: HammerT

Almost justification for returning fire. It’s getting crazy out there.


6 posted on 06/27/2014 2:20:03 PM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: HammerT

Ain’t poaching illegal?


7 posted on 06/27/2014 2:20:29 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: HammerT

Serial killers usually start with animals.


8 posted on 06/27/2014 2:20:47 PM PDT by bayliving (Democrat. The word ascribed to those who are intellectually dishonest with themselves.)
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To: HammerT
They are no longer peace officers. They are no longer even law enforcement officers. They are now government enforcement officers without regard to either peace or law.
9 posted on 06/27/2014 2:23:17 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (The IRS: either criminally irresponsible in backup procedures or criminally responsible of coverup.)
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To: bayliving

We have had 5 Basset Hounds. Some of the sweetest and most laid back dogs around. I am afraid I would have shot back.


10 posted on 06/27/2014 2:23:32 PM PDT by firebasecody (Orthodoxy, proclaiming the Truth since AD 33)
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To: HammerT

The suspect is still on the loose, but they managed to plug the arthritic dog.


11 posted on 06/27/2014 2:24:04 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: bayliving

That and there isn’t anything on this planet more dangerous than a pissed off cop.


12 posted on 06/27/2014 2:24:31 PM PDT by bayliving (Democrat. The word ascribed to those who are intellectually dishonest with themselves.)
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To: silverleaf

That’s what I felt when reading that.


13 posted on 06/27/2014 2:26:15 PM PDT by HammerT (The Right to keep and bear arms: A Commonsense Civil Right)
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To: HammerT

I have a solution for trigger-happy wanna-be-a-soldier type cops, especially those who are somehow unable to accomplish one-shot one-kill, despite hours and hours at the range at taxpayer expense. Sentence the yahoo to Afganistan for a year or two. Maybe he’ll gain a better respect for life, both human and animal, and a better understanding that his ‘militarized’ behavior is about as far from Real warrior behavior as night is from day.


14 posted on 06/27/2014 2:26:21 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: HammerT

Geeze - I can’t imagine why anyone would hate pigs.


15 posted on 06/27/2014 2:26:30 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: x1stcav

Do they really think that we’re going to want to have our taxes raised to pay them when they do this?


16 posted on 06/27/2014 2:27:11 PM PDT by HammerT (The Right to keep and bear arms: A Commonsense Civil Right)
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To: Slump Tester

Because this kind is NOT edible...


17 posted on 06/27/2014 2:29:00 PM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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To: HammerT

Money for nuttin and your chicks for free.


18 posted on 06/27/2014 2:29:10 PM PDT by x1stcav ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.")
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To: bayliving

It isn’t going to be much of a stretch from them start doing that to people.

Who’s going to argue with them?

Dead men & women tell no tales.


19 posted on 06/27/2014 2:29:21 PM PDT by HammerT (The Right to keep and bear arms: A Commonsense Civil Right)
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To: WhiskeyX
There must be problems with psychological evaluations in todays Police academy's.
They are failing to weed out the Sociopaths.

He got his emotional rush and was not interrupted by the Woman crossing the yard.
And while the dog was retreating he continued to fire to get the job done.

Yes, Sociopath is the proper accusation here.

20 posted on 06/27/2014 2:29:21 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: HammerT

Every cop who fired a weapon in this instance should be fired.


21 posted on 06/27/2014 2:30:09 PM PDT by Dave911
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To: firebasecody

That’s what struck me - a Basset Hound that was retreating (i.e. posing no threat)


22 posted on 06/27/2014 2:30:41 PM PDT by HammerT (The Right to keep and bear arms: A Commonsense Civil Right)
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To: HammerT

These pieces of crap enjoy doing this. Nothing will convince me they don’t.

If it were my dog, I don’t think I would be able to restrain myself, I really don’t.


23 posted on 06/27/2014 2:31:31 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: HammerT

Can you say “jury nullification?”


24 posted on 06/27/2014 2:33:06 PM PDT by Gluteus Maximus
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To: HammerT

Depressingly common these days. There seems to be no real threat in any of these numerous cases that justifies unleashing gunfire. If you’re a cop and in pursuit of s suspect, there still has to be a smidgen of consciousness remaining to tell you you are potentially invading and endangering innocent parties and their property. God what morons we are producing!


25 posted on 06/27/2014 2:33:34 PM PDT by februus
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To: HammerT

May these bloodthirsty, dog-killing cowards in blue be chased through the fires of Hell for all eternity by huge ravenous packs of equine-sized hellhounds.


26 posted on 06/27/2014 2:34:28 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: HammerT

There is simply no justification for this. I cannot possibly understand the depths of hatred, cruelty and hubris within the souls of these cops.

And until they become personally liable for these obviously criminal acts, this evil will continue.


27 posted on 06/27/2014 2:36:45 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: LostInBayport

I fear that it will only get worse.


28 posted on 06/27/2014 2:39:54 PM PDT by HammerT (The Right to keep and bear arms: A Commonsense Civil Right)
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To: HammerT

This would not have ended pretty at my house. I would just hope I’d have managed to get the perp before the rest of the Stasi attack squad riddled me.


29 posted on 06/27/2014 2:40:17 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”)
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To: HammerT

2 of my pet-peeves involving police officers:

1) The shooting of people’s pets with little or not provocation.

2) Really bad marksmanship (that puts the general public at risk).


30 posted on 06/27/2014 2:41:41 PM PDT by Tallguy
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To: LibWhacker
cowards in blue

Have you seen the way they look nowadays? More like cowards dressed as wannabe shoot-em-up military types.

31 posted on 06/27/2014 2:41:42 PM PDT by bayliving (Democrat. The word ascribed to those who are intellectually dishonest with themselves.)
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To: HammerT

Terrible story. How was Willy Pete a threat when he was running away from them? Sounds like WIlly Pete was shot in the back. Whoever did it should not only lose his job he should spend some time in jail.

We really need a web site for a hall of shame for these types
with their mug shots and what they did listed for all to see.


32 posted on 06/27/2014 2:41:48 PM PDT by fulltlt
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To: HammerT

http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140626/DM01/140629411/1277

“But when she saw two police cruisers speeding down the road, she called her husband to ask him if he knew what was going on. Her husband then called the local State Police detachment to let officers know that his wife and children — aged 18 months and 7 months —were in the home.

“The first time he called they blew him off,” she said. “The second time he called they said they would let the officers know.”

“He told her the officers were looking for Jonathan Jeffers, who reportedly threatened his wife early Tuesday morning, fired a shot at an officer responding to the calls for help and fled in a vehicle.”

No way the police should have shot the dog, as far as I can tell, but with the woman knowing there was a manhunt on, why did she have her dog out on the porch?

It’s everyone inside, lock the doors, and make sure the weapons are loaded time.


33 posted on 06/27/2014 2:45:52 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: heartwood

That’s called blaming the victim.

What if someone doesn’t know the police are around ready to shoot anything that moves?


34 posted on 06/27/2014 2:56:02 PM PDT by HammerT (The Right to keep and bear arms: A Commonsense Civil Right)
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To: fulltlt

There do seem to be more an more of these taking place.


35 posted on 06/27/2014 2:56:49 PM PDT by HammerT (The Right to keep and bear arms: A Commonsense Civil Right)
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To: HammerT

I would have shot that cop dead right in the front yard and any other cop who drew a weapon.


36 posted on 06/27/2014 2:58:06 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: HammerT

The officer is guilty of murder period. Lock him up for life or use him as target practice.


37 posted on 06/27/2014 2:58:36 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: HammerT

Unfortunately, in today’s world when the SWAT Team loads up for bear something has got to die! It’s just what they do. If you are unlucky you could be collateral damage.


38 posted on 06/27/2014 3:01:19 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Surgeon General Warning: Operation of Government Motors vehicles may be hazardous to your health)
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To: HammerT
RIP Willy Pete


39 posted on 06/27/2014 3:01:21 PM PDT by fulltlt
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To: HammerT
That really pisses me off. I would have been returning fire! Myself and at least one of the hero cops would not have made it home.

These cowards can't tell the difference between a mean dog and an "old, arthritic family pet. None of them are fit to carry a gun, let alone wear a badge.

According to the article the poor dog was running AWAY when they shot it. Some hero's they are. Too bad the police dog didn't turn on them, I'm sure he was smarter than the ones shooting.

40 posted on 06/27/2014 3:06:23 PM PDT by DeepInTheHeartOfTexas
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To: KarlInOhio
They are no longer peace officers. They are no longer even law enforcement officers. They are now government enforcement officers without regard to either peace or law.

Calling them "officers" is now an offensive insult to gentlemen everywhere.

They are thugs.
41 posted on 06/27/2014 3:13:40 PM PDT by Robert Teesdale
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To: LostInBayport
There is simply no justification for this. I cannot possibly understand the depths of hatred, cruelty and hubris within the souls of these cops.

It's not hate, cruelty or hubris. It's simply that we now have an MRAP-equipped employment service for your local Vasili Blockhins.

And until they become personally liable for these obviously criminal acts, this evil will continue.

Until the Leviathan is ended, you'll have more of it:

"The room was specially designed with padded walls for soundproofing, a sloping concrete floor with a drain and hose, and a log wall for the prisoners to stand against. Blokhin would stand waiting behind the door in his executioner garb: a leather butcher's apron, leather hat, and shoulder-length leather gloves. Then, without a hearing, the reading of a sentence or any other formalities, each prisoner was brought in and restrained by guards while Blokhin shot him once in the base of the skull with a German Walther Model 2 .25 ACP pistol."

I doubt the gunman in this case felt anything at all when he shot the Pole (excuse me, the Dog).
42 posted on 06/27/2014 3:20:31 PM PDT by Robert Teesdale
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To: bayliving
That and there isn’t anything on this planet more dangerous than a pissed off cop.

I beg to differ.
43 posted on 06/27/2014 3:21:06 PM PDT by Robert Teesdale
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To: HammerT

If the finest police force in the country is searching my woods for a guy who took a shot at his wife, I will have the children and dogs inside because of the bad guy, not because of the police.


44 posted on 06/27/2014 3:21:30 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: DonaldC

I have to tell you if it was me they might have faced returning fire. I am a maniac about my dogs. I’d be in prison for murder. One of these days its going to happen.


45 posted on 06/27/2014 3:23:52 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: null and void
Ping.

If you can stomach it.
46 posted on 06/27/2014 3:24:14 PM PDT by Robert Teesdale
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To: fulltlt
Another pic.

Willy Pete

47 posted on 06/27/2014 3:24:46 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: HammerT

I can’t imagine the government employee (read: constable) shooting dog scenario happening more than once in the 1770s.

Just saying.


48 posted on 06/27/2014 3:30:25 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: MaxMax
There must be problems with psychological evaluations in todays Police academy's. They are failing to weed out the Sociopaths.

I suspect they are deliberately selecting FOR sociopaths -- cops who will not hesitate to follow orders, no matter what those orders are, in order to keep collecting a paycheck.

49 posted on 06/27/2014 3:34:13 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Ken H

Sounds like a military family.


50 posted on 06/27/2014 3:43:59 PM PDT by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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