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Police dog's killer gets a life term: Conviction was man's third strike
seattletimes. ^ | May 16, 2009 | Stephanie Rice

Posted on 05/16/2009 4:00:46 PM PDT by JoeProBono

Ronald J. Chenette, convicted six months ago in the death of a police dog, knew he was going to prison for life well before Friday's sentencing hearing in Clark County Superior Court. Everyone else knew, too. Ronald J. Chenette, convicted six months ago in the death of a police dog, knew what was going to happen well before Friday's sentencing hearing in Clark County Superior Court. Everyone else knew, too. The sentence was dictated by a "three strikes" law that locks away felons for life after three violent crimes. The absence of suspense, then, maybe explains why nobody who didn't have to be at the hearing showed up, save for Chenette's parents and one other supporter. When Judge Roger Bennett expressed surprise that no officers showed up on behalf of Dakota, a 5-year-old German shepherd owned by the Vancouver Police Department, Deputy Prosecutor Scott Jackson shrugged.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dog; germanshepherd; k9; leo; policedog; workingdogs
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1 posted on 05/16/2009 4:00:46 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Death penalty.


2 posted on 05/16/2009 4:03:13 PM PDT by Chet 99
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To: JoeProBono

It would of been nice if some police showed up at the court.


3 posted on 05/16/2009 4:03:20 PM PDT by Islaminaction
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To: Chet 99
You're right, the death penalty would have been a better decision IMO. The dog was an officer, dedicated to serve and protect. Doesn't matter if he was two-legged, four-legged, bald, or really furry. An officer needs to have the protection and backing of the Law in order to do his/her job successfully.
4 posted on 05/16/2009 4:12:49 PM PDT by NoPrisoners ("When in the course of human events...")
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To: NoPrisoners

Is it only police dogs that you equate with humans or is it all dogs?


5 posted on 05/16/2009 4:14:58 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: JoeProBono

This is stupid. Killing a dog does not warrant life in prison. I don’t care how expensive the dog is or who owns it.


6 posted on 05/16/2009 4:14:59 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: mamelukesabre

“The sentence was dictated by a “three strikes” law that locks away felons for life after three violent crimes. “


7 posted on 05/16/2009 4:17:17 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Islaminaction

Police absolutely not necessary for a court appearance wouldn’t be called to court. Shift changes in the interim means their appearance would be “on overtime”—most often sharply curtailed administratively.


8 posted on 05/16/2009 4:17:35 PM PDT by Does so (One Big Assed Mistake, America)
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To: mamelukesabre

The judge pointed out that the three strike rule is unwavering. He said, “Even a shoving match at a 7-Eleven over a bottle of beer could have resulted in life in prison”.

Also the felony committed wasn’t killing the police dog. It was for using a firearm in the commission of a crime.


9 posted on 05/16/2009 4:18:42 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Increasingly mulling Newt.)
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To: mamelukesabre

So you are against all three-strikes laws?


10 posted on 05/16/2009 4:18:44 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Pretending the Admin Moderator doesn't exist will result in suspension.)
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To: JoeProBono

It’s a dog. Three strikes my ass.


11 posted on 05/16/2009 4:21:26 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: mamelukesabre
This is stupid. Killing a dog does not warrant life in prison.

Well, I for one would sure want anyone who killed my dog to go to prison for at least life---LOL!

Actually, I'm not quite that bad, but I sure do love my dog and would be devastated if anyone harmed her.

The dog in question was a trained police dog--they are trained to protect their policemen, as well as to attack and bring down a bad guy. This does make them a bit more valuable in the food chain of life, I think.

12 posted on 05/16/2009 4:22:42 PM PDT by basil ( It's time to eliminate all "Gun Free Zones")
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To: Artemis Webb

WHat crime? If the police had not sicked their dog on him, there wouldn’t be any dead dogs.


13 posted on 05/16/2009 4:23:41 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: basil

You are bleating like a sheep. The state owns the dog, therefore it’s more important than a dog that you own.

That should make your blood boil.


14 posted on 05/16/2009 4:25:07 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: mamelukesabre

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2252413/posts


15 posted on 05/16/2009 4:25:17 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

I wonder if they prosecute police who shoot homeowners’ dogs while busting in a house on a warrantless, no-knock raid at the wrong address?


16 posted on 05/16/2009 4:28:09 PM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Spock didn't need a teleprompter)
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To: mamelukesabre

17 posted on 05/16/2009 4:29:57 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Chet 99

How many chances do they want?


18 posted on 05/16/2009 4:32:35 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

THere is a definite double standard. People need to wake up and quit acting like loyal subjects. Killing a police dog is NOT the same as killing a cop. How or why we allowed the dam scumbags to tell it is is infuriating.

A dog has no ability to discern my rights as a citizen or a human being. Therefore any mean dog that threatens me is NOT going to be viewed by me as a police officer. I don’t care if the dam dog is wearing a badge.


19 posted on 05/16/2009 4:34:22 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: JoeProBono

If dogs have souls, then what do you have to say about the swiss? They eat st bernard.


20 posted on 05/16/2009 4:37:23 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: Islaminaction

Not necessarily. The police not even bothering to show up for a felon who get’s a life sentence makes him even less in everyone’s eyes.

Do you get it, he gets life, and the cops do not even bother wasting their time on him. It is like a gross insult. Life for a human in a cell, and the cops don’t even bother their time to go to trial. He is not important enough.


21 posted on 05/16/2009 4:58:31 PM PDT by 2ndClassCitizen
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To: mamelukesabre

“WHat crime? If the police had not sicked their dog on him, there wouldn’t be any dead dogs.”

That is one of the most incredibly stupid things I have ever read. If it had been a policeman that went up to get the guy and the criminal had shot the policeman would you say, “What crime? If the policeman had not gone up there there wouldn’t have been a dead cop?”


22 posted on 05/16/2009 5:03:33 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Increasingly mulling Newt.)
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To: Artemis Webb

A cop is not a dog. And vice versa. Maybe you are not quite as brilliant as you imagine.


23 posted on 05/16/2009 5:15:09 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: mamelukesabre

It does if the convict has prior history of violent crimes. While wait until the jerk actually kills somebody?


24 posted on 05/16/2009 5:15:40 PM PDT by Little Ray (Do we have a Plan B?)
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To: mamelukesabre

IF he hadn’t committed a crime, nobody would have sicked a dog on him.


25 posted on 05/16/2009 5:16:48 PM PDT by Little Ray (Do we have a Plan B?)
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To: Chet 99

>>Death penalty

Delivered by the police dog’s handler.

In a cage with no one to observe.

God has a special place in heaven for our pet companions. And a special place in hell for those who hurt them. And I will petition God to let me be a handler in that special place in hell to provide eternal justice.


26 posted on 05/16/2009 5:18:11 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: freedumb2003

OK, then. Tell me what special place god has for a dog that kills a dog?

What a crock.


27 posted on 05/16/2009 5:22:17 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: mamelukesabre

>>OK, then. Tell me what special place god has for a dog that kills a dog?

Well, the owner of the killer dog will answer. The dog-killing dog will someday be at peace.

God is very smart and understands what passes for “motivation” in His creatures. The ones He has designated to be companions to His children are blessed and have a special place in His House.


28 posted on 05/16/2009 5:29:42 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: mamelukesabre
This is stupid. Killing a dog does not warrant life in prison. I don’t care how expensive the dog is or who owns it.

The real crime was not even one of the ones listed, it was "felon in possession of a firearm", and for someone who is a felon, mentally retarded, and prone to drink (I will bet it wasn't just a couple of beers) life is an appropriate sentence.

Lets all understand this -- the guy likes to get loaded and play with guns. Sooner or later someone is going to get shot. Taking him off the street is the right thing to do.

29 posted on 05/16/2009 6:08:28 PM PDT by CurlyDave
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To: 2ndClassCitizen

I meant for a show of support for the poor dog.


30 posted on 05/16/2009 6:11:41 PM PDT by Islaminaction
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To: JoeProBono
and yet i don't believe that cop that strung up his own Dog Partner and BEAT IT was ever charged with assaulting an officer...
31 posted on 05/16/2009 6:20:29 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - Obama is basically Jim Jones with a teleprompter)
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To: mamelukesabre

It is not a “dog” in its capacity as a “canine officer”. the reason police dogs were given this distinction is because they serve much in the same way any other “police partner” serves.

the police dog serves alongside his human cop..the canine officer can hold, or grab and hold and “detain” a criminal; they can “attack’ and knock down a criminal, they can “stand in the way of a bullet “ or attack meant for a human officer.

In service, the police dog BECOMES AN EXTENSION OF THE OFFICER....and the officer depends on the canine for intervention, tactical support, combined police work in situations,etc....much like any other “human “ partner.

In legal and in REAL terms, the canine officer IS an officer of the law....not a “dog hanging out with a cop.”


32 posted on 05/16/2009 6:24:57 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (It's time for the grown ups !)
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To: JoeProBono

This guy is a violent paranoid schizo who does not deserve to be out among the general population.

Locking him up for life for his third strike is the appropriate thing to do.


33 posted on 05/16/2009 6:32:58 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Obama has raised gas prices 40%. Thank you Obamination!)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

Yeah. It’s called destruction of property.


34 posted on 05/16/2009 6:38:11 PM PDT by OpeEdMunkey (We seem to have reached a critical mass of stupid people.)
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To: JoeProBono
Denver cop kills dog

Cop kills dog as cuffed family watches

Cop in wrong home kills dog

Another "lost" cop kills another dog and steals.

Double standard, eh?

35 posted on 05/16/2009 6:38:45 PM PDT by Sarajevo (You jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

Whatever.

Then my dog is an extension of me. If you threaten my dog, then I kill you.

See how stupid your post is?


36 posted on 05/16/2009 6:51:05 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: mamelukesabre
No Dumbass!

YOU said no crime was committed when you said, “what crime?” in post 13. You have got to be near the top rung of stupid. If you want to argue that the sentence is excessive than fine, that can be legitimate. But to argue that there was no crime when obviously there was simply shows you were dropped on your head too many times as a child.

I've had it with you. Stop taking meth or crack or whatever it is you take moron!

37 posted on 05/16/2009 7:15:08 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Increasingly mulling Newt.)
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To: mamelukesabre

Oh, and stop being so stupid as to stake out an indefensible position and then decide you are going to hold onto it regardless of it’s foolishness.


38 posted on 05/16/2009 7:17:19 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Increasingly mulling Newt.)
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To: mamelukesabre
I'll ignore your impolite remarks.

Read the article again. The guy didn't go to prison for life for killing the dog per se. He was already a convicted felon, and apparently this was his third felony, and he committed the felony using a gun. He went to prison because of the three strikes and you're in for life law.

39 posted on 05/16/2009 7:35:14 PM PDT by basil ( It's time to eliminate all "Gun Free Zones")
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To: driftdiver
Is it only police dogs that you equate with humans or is it all dogs?

Since I have found most dogs to be better company than most humans, anyone who injures or kills one of these creatures should be locked away.

40 posted on 05/16/2009 8:19:11 PM PDT by NoPrisoners ("When in the course of human events...")
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To: mamelukesabre

You can’t argue the logic...so you call me stupid...

just go away.


41 posted on 05/17/2009 4:34:19 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (It's time for the grown ups !)
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To: NoPrisoners

“anyone who injures or kills one of these creatures should be locked away. “

Well that puts nearly all animal shelters and all vets in prison.


42 posted on 05/17/2009 4:57:04 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: mamelukesabre

First off, killing a dog, without a good reason (ie, the dog was rabid, it was out of control and attacking him) will usually get anyone at least a few months in prison, under animal cruelty laws, even if it’s just a stray or someone’s pet. Second of all, he had a gun, which is illegal for a convicted felon, AND if possession wasn’t enough to get him his third strike, he used it in a crime. Also, whatever the guy was doing that caused the officers to confront him with the dog was probably illegal, and he may well have gotten punished for that. The canine officer wasn’t like some gangster’s ‘thug dog’ that might attack without warning - it was highly trained, a human officer must make the decision and give an order for it to bring down a criminal, and if you look at stuff about police misconduct, they’re much better at following orders than human officers. And, last but not least, the dog was probably somewhere in the vicinity of its human handler, so considering that police in general tend to shoot when someone draws a gun at them (not like the stuff in the movies or on TV when they walk forward slowly and try to talk the guy out of shooting), and the guy went further and discharged a weapon in their general direction, he’s lucky they didn’t just shoot him dead on the spot.

As far as the three-strikes rule, the guy was a twice-convicted felon who wouldn’t play by the rules - what should we do, keep spending time and money and clog up the court system with fourth and fifth and tenth time repeat offenders, and just install a revolving door on the jail? That’s why we have three-strikes rules,


43 posted on 05/17/2009 7:39:18 AM PDT by Hyzenthlay (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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