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Officer Kills Dog as Kids Watched, Owner Says Read more on myFOXdfw.com:
My FOX DFW ^ | October 12, 2011 | Emily Lopez

Posted on 10/14/2011 1:22:07 PM PDT by Immerito

ARLINGTON, Texas - A dog owner claims an Arlington police officer overreacted and shot his dog five times as his children watched.

Buck Yandle said two police officers and an animal control officer showed up at his home on Lake Jackson Drive last week. They were there about his dog Bucky, a basset hound and Rottweiler mix.

Neighbors said Bucky nipped a boy in the back after school. The dog never bit him, but it was enough to scare the 10-year-old.

Yandle stepped outside to meet with the officers. He said he closed the door and left his four children inside the house with Bucky. But the dog ran out because his 3-year-old son opened the door.

Bucky got agitated as police were talking to Yandle. Although he insists the dog did not lunge at or attack any of the officers, one of the officers shot and killed him.

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KEYWORDS: arlington; bassethound; dog; doggieping; mix; rottweiler; texas
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While I do think that the dog should have either been in a room behind a closed door (or on a leash held by one of the older children) so that the three year old could not let him outside, shooting the dog was overkill.

What happened to "Sir, take your dog indoors or leash him?"

Overreactions and unnecessary escalations like this are responsible for a more negative perception of LEOs.

1 posted on 10/14/2011 1:22:14 PM PDT by Immerito
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To: Immerito
Owner Says Read more on myFOXdfw.com

Wow, he's in the tank with Fox DFW for sure.

2 posted on 10/14/2011 1:26:51 PM PDT by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: Immerito

The word is out. Dogs nowadays just don’t respect the uniform.


3 posted on 10/14/2011 1:27:54 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Did you see the dog’s photo?

He was probably too -short- to see the cop’s badge.


4 posted on 10/14/2011 1:29:18 PM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: humblegunner

Apologies. I missed that. Sometimes I have dumb C&P moments. :-)


5 posted on 10/14/2011 1:33:30 PM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: humblegunner

Meanwhile yesterday in Michigan 41 year old police officer, Trevor Slot was deliberately run down and killed by bank robbers. Unfortunately stories like that don’t make FRee Republic because no one spends their days looking for them so they can post them.


6 posted on 10/14/2011 1:37:14 PM PDT by cripplecreek (ALCS/NLCS playoff thread http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2789907/posts)
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To: Salamander

Yabut, the dog’s mostly black. Obviously a case of racism.


7 posted on 10/14/2011 1:38:36 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Immerito

It’s officers like this foul git giving other decent police officers a dreadfully foul reputation with the general public.


8 posted on 10/14/2011 1:42:44 PM PDT by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: Immerito

I don’t see any reason the animal control officer was not given the chance to subdue the dog first. I’d like to hear from the control officer - it never feels right to just read one side of the dispute.


9 posted on 10/14/2011 1:46:54 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: Paladin2

Aw crap.

If I always have my Dobermann accompanied by my “blonde” Ibizans, will he get a break from this rampant anti-black-dog racism?


10 posted on 10/14/2011 1:47:52 PM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: Immerito

definitely sounds like something a needledick-steroid junkie with gun would do.


11 posted on 10/14/2011 1:48:01 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: cripplecreek

I seem to recall an article being posted about Arlington officer Jillian Smith being shot to death while protecting a child in a domestic violence situation. This occurred December 28, 2010.


12 posted on 10/14/2011 1:49:21 PM PDT by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: cripplecreek

Bad guys being bad guys. When the good guys come to your house and shoot your dog, it’s something else.


13 posted on 10/14/2011 1:51:20 PM PDT by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: bigredkitty1

As a former police officer I have less trust for my former brethren than most of the public does. :) I know how the system really works.

That said, there are a lot of really honorable cops out there, but the ratio of human trash to stand-up heroes is a lot worse than most people (even the cop haters) probably think.


14 posted on 10/14/2011 1:51:40 PM PDT by Heavyrunner (Socialize this.)
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To: cripplecreek

“Unfortunately stories like that don’t make FRee Republic because no one spends their days looking for them so they can post them.”


You’ve got that right. Lots of cop haters on FR,which surprised me when I first came across it.

We are in agreement with DU on that topic.

Discouraging.


15 posted on 10/14/2011 1:52:29 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Immerito

The 12yo golden getting shot, in another story on here in the last day, was far more sympathetic IMO.

First, what is anyone doing with even a Rottweiler mix, let alone a family with an ill-supervised 3yo having one? Those are scary, scary dogs.

Second, what was the dog doing in a situation to nip a 10yo? And if the police were called because of that, it is understandable that they were on guard.

Third, it’s pretty basic that if the dog is to be in the house, while dealing with the police outdoors after such an incident, the dog should be indoors.


16 posted on 10/14/2011 1:56:00 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Immerito

WTF is it with all these cops killing dogs.

Does a cop get 72 doughnuts in cop heaven or what?


17 posted on 10/14/2011 1:59:59 PM PDT by Blado (Herminate Bambi with Extreme Prejudice! Beat Bambi with a Cain! Yes, We Cain!)
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To: bigredkitty1

As far as I can tell, around 500 police officers are killed in the line of duty per year.

Don’t get me wrong, I love dogs and think plenty of officers don’t use the same restraint with dogs that they use with people. I just find it to be a little sad that these stories seem to be of more interest to some FReepers than human officers giving their lives doing exactly what they’re paid to do.


18 posted on 10/14/2011 2:00:17 PM PDT by cripplecreek (ALCS/NLCS playoff thread http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2789907/posts)
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To: Heavyrunner

Thanks for the 4-1-1. I feel muuuuch better now. (Serious abuse of sarcasm.)


19 posted on 10/14/2011 2:00:57 PM PDT by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: Mears

A quick look at the news and it appears that 2 police officers were killed in the line of duty yesterday. 1 in PA and another in Mi.

Fortunately the 3 perps involved in both cases won’t be taking up any prison space.


20 posted on 10/14/2011 2:07:14 PM PDT by cripplecreek (ALCS/NLCS playoff thread http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2789907/posts)
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To: Immerito
What, I wonder, was the “Animal Control Officer” doing while the LEO’s were pulling their firearms? Aren't they equipped & trained for these types of seizures?
21 posted on 10/14/2011 2:10:23 PM PDT by Tallguy (You can safely ignore anything that precedes the word "But"...)
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To: cripplecreek

Where did you get that statistic - FBI’s website says that in 2009 it was 48 (through felonious action) and probably twice again that number in accidents.

http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2010/october/LEOKA-report

I’m not saying that this isn’t tragic, but really, law enforcement isn’t as dangerous a profession as the thin blue line would like you to believe. The lowly garbage collector has more deaths for capita than cops, and farming or logging are both more dangerous. Since I would wager that garbage collectors visit more domiciles in a given week than even the most ardent police officer, and stories aren’t rampant about them killing family pets on a whim, it seems to me that an argument could be made that maybe these dog-shooting cops are sometimes way the hell out of line.


22 posted on 10/14/2011 2:12:25 PM PDT by Heavyrunner (Socialize this.)
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To: cripplecreek

Mixing meteaphors, but it’s sort of like the ‘if it bleeds, it leads’ mentality of the media types. These sorts of topics generate discussion. Good news topics, not so much.


23 posted on 10/14/2011 2:12:32 PM PDT by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

24 posted on 10/14/2011 2:13:52 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: cripplecreek
Cops acting badly isn't news? A cop wouldn't want to shoot one of my dogs, even if they bit the cop. It's not a Grizzly bear, it's a pet dog. What cowards these guys are that they have to shoot a dog.

Good cops getting killed in the line of duty has NOTHING to do with THIS story. Because cops get killed in the line of duty, that makes it ok for other cops to kill pet dogs in their own yard?

This is abuse of power and evidence of an unwarranted predisposition to use their firearm.

25 posted on 10/14/2011 2:16:27 PM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: bigredkitty1

Yeah, my first bubble was burst when during my FTO period, my supervising officer said, “We’re gonna follow this guy because he’s colored.”

I’m white as can be, and am certainly not all on-board the race-baiting political-correctness bandwagon, but this struck me as just over-the-top, especially considering he wasn’t doing anything wrong.

While there are good and bad seeds in every organization, I found in WA State anyway, you’ll probably almost always be treated professionally by a State Trooper (but don’t expect to get a warning - They’re out to pad their statistics: Most DUI’s = Trooper of the Year, and they get to pick their car color). City cops vary by chief and environment. You can have a city where the chief is ardent about “community policing” and is always watching out to get the mayor who butters his bread re-elected, or you can get towns that use their police as shake-down artists. (Fife, WA anyone? I can’t think of any other local towns that write tickets on 2mph over the limit in a 40mph zone where conditions and construction aren’t mitigating factors).

Deputies are the real wildcards. We used to say that while troopers deal with 90% good people going to and from work, deputies deal 90% with a lot shadier folks with less backup (and less supervision). No offense intended to the good deputies out there, but the worst behavior I’ve ever seen out of law enforcement has ALWAYS ALWAYS been either county or big city (Seattle).

Sorry for the wall of text.


26 posted on 10/14/2011 2:22:43 PM PDT by Heavyrunner (Socialize this.)
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To: cripplecreek

Some officers never discharge their weapons during their careers, some are left with no options and do discharge, where the options left v. threat imminent and severity of attack likely.. let a review board decide. adopt another dog.

I hope my two poodles won’t get it one day over a wrong address. They both bark and lunge, usually playfully.. Is it the size of the dog? a

As to the perps , they as much as asked for it the moment they strapped on weapons.

A sad day for the officers in that department, any single day an officer dies in the line of duty too much, to have more than one, .. Prayers for the families who grieve because brave officers die for our freedoms.


27 posted on 10/14/2011 2:23:08 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: 9YearLurker
It was mixed with a Basset the picture shows it to have very short legs like a Basset, not big and scary like a Rotti!!
Dog didn't bite it nipped and what was the kid doing to the dog to make it nip him!!
28 posted on 10/14/2011 2:24:05 PM PDT by LooneyTick (Of all the things in life I've lost, I miss my mind the most!)
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To: Immerito
Just looked at facebook photos of Bucky. What a cute dog. I can't imagine shooting this dog. “Trigger happy” comes to mind. This officer should be FIRED! He is a danger to society. He can't restrain himself from firing his weapon. What will he shoot next a teenager? Grandma?

What is this guy's name? Let's hound (on purpose) him into unemployment.

29 posted on 10/14/2011 2:28:02 PM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: cripplecreek

The issue is not just cops shooting dogs. It seems that many of these gun-happy cops aren’t giving the owners a chance control their dogs, they just shoot on sight. While most of the dogs shot have been pits and rotties, many of the dogs were the non-dangerous types like labs, retrievers, and chihuahuas.

There is a suspicion amongst many of the Freepers that the cops aren’t doing it because they are in danger, but they are doing it to create a compliant populace.


30 posted on 10/14/2011 2:29:41 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: faucetman

If the cop was not a cop but a civilian with a CC permit doing this, he would be in deep S. He needs to be a civilian again and without a permit.


31 posted on 10/14/2011 2:31:11 PM PDT by Surrounded_too
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To: NormsRevenge

Some years back a rookie cop maced my dangerous Jack Russell because it was barking at him when he came in the yard. Sure it pissed me off and I told the kid about it. I also called the police chief and the rookie was back to apologize inside an hour.

After that we never had a problem again. The kid learned that this is a small town goes 20 or 30 years between violent crimes and that kind of aggression isn’t really needed from police. I like to think the kid became a better cop because of it.


32 posted on 10/14/2011 2:32:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (ALCS/NLCS playoff thread http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2789907/posts)
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To: cripplecreek
Fortunately the 3 perps involved in both cases won’t be taking up any prison space.

I'm thinking they had already decided jail was not an option. Prayers for the wife and kids of Officer Slot.

33 posted on 10/14/2011 2:34:49 PM PDT by laker_dad
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To: NormsRevenge

“let a review board decide. adopt another dog.”

WHAT? Pets are members of the family. Loved as much as children.

Review board? Who needs one? It was a small to medium sized pet DOG. He wasn’t even being attacked. Maybe next time he could swat the dog or kick him instead of unloading his GUN on the dog. Is this the type of BRAVE cop you want protecting society? Unwarranted discharging of his weapon in the presence of children? This guy needs to be FIRED, not defended.


34 posted on 10/14/2011 2:37:36 PM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: laker_dad

One of them was released from probation because he didn’t pose a “foreseeable risk” to public safety.

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/10/robbery_fatal_chase_suspect_de.html


35 posted on 10/14/2011 2:43:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (ALCS/NLCS playoff thread http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2789907/posts)
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To: LooneyTick

You’re right. I went to his Facebook page and he pretty much looks like a dachshound—not material for the police to be shooting.


36 posted on 10/14/2011 2:49:44 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: faucetman

“What is this guy’s name? Let’s hound (on purpose) him into unemployment. “

What a mature,rational post. /s

Are you nuts?


37 posted on 10/14/2011 2:56:40 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Heavyrunner

That distinction about deputies is interesting as Sheriffs are quite different animals than Chiefs of Police from a historical legal viewpoint. State Troopers do seem to be the cream of the crop though.


38 posted on 10/14/2011 3:00:47 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Heavyrunner

What you say sounds like Truth to me. I had an experience (not really personal, more observing) with deputies in a small town in TX that def opened my eyes. Another experience in a large town in TX involving city cops that did the same!


39 posted on 10/14/2011 3:06:56 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: 9YearLurker

1) This is a Rottweiler basset mix. Not a very tall dog. Rottweilers are not “scary scary” dogs, they are dogs. Some are well-bred, socialized and trained. Some are not. But to refer to a dog as “scary scary” is as silly as to refer to a firearm as “scary scary”. You’re talking about a herding breed, a breed that pulled carts of meat for the town butcher.

Do a search for Jake the Rottweiler, who chased off a criminal who was sexually assaulting a woman. I’m sure to the criminal element, they are “scary scary” dogs. But there is no reason for the non-criminal element to use the phrase to describe them.

2) The neighbors thought the kid was nipped, but the article clarifies that the dog didn’t bite the kid. Whatever happened to agitate the dog, the kid was scared. Either the dog was misbehaving (and needs to be better socialized around people) or the kid was misbehaving and the dog reacted to it. Fewer kids are taught to read a dog’s warning signs and they don’t understand proper behavior around dogs. We don’t know which of those two situations is accurate (unless further information comes out).

3) There are three other children, at least one, presumably, is older than the three year old. Apparently their father (admittedly shortsightedly) didn’t consider that one of the kids would open the door. It probably never occurred to him, before it happened, that the officer would shoot his barking, dancing dog.


40 posted on 10/14/2011 4:04:23 PM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: bigredkitty1

Precisely, and the children in this story will likely grow up with a dim view of officers.

Nicely done!

< / Sarc>


41 posted on 10/14/2011 4:06:22 PM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Salamander

You own a scary BLACK doberman?

You OWN one?

That’s racist!

:-)


42 posted on 10/14/2011 4:15:17 PM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Immerito

Let’s have another big round of applause for these upstanding servants of the state and the unions that we call cops.


43 posted on 10/14/2011 4:28:28 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: Immerito
The dog was justifiably shot for a very serious reason- opportunity. Shooting dogs must be part of police academy training to take advantage of real life target practice which is judged more efficacious than static targets on a range and causes less of a hassle than shooting random citizens. The practice is so widespread as to seem ubiquitous and that leads me to the thought that it must be part of the training.

If the article is correct then the dog was shot because it was making noise, nothing more.

44 posted on 10/14/2011 5:30:55 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: Heavyrunner
but the ratio of human trash to stand-up heroes is a lot worse than most people (even the cop haters) probably think.

The problem is that the ration is increasing and the guns are bigger and they often come at you in masked brigades.

45 posted on 10/14/2011 5:33:36 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: 9YearLurker

If the dog had stayed indoors officer Friendly would have shot it indoors. Dogs are for real life situation target practice and it is all off budget except for the bullets.


46 posted on 10/14/2011 5:37:06 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: cripplecreek
these stories seem to be of more interest to some FReepers than human officers giving their lives doing exactly what they’re paid to do.

Police officers who do what they are supposed to do are not dangerous to FReepers and their families. More and more police officers and departments are becoming dangerous to FReepers and their families and to everyone else. I have seen the attitude change radically among the police in my small city in 30 years. They used to enforce our laws and were part of the citizenry. Now they seem to feel that they are here to keep a hostile population under control. They feel that it is "us against them."

47 posted on 10/14/2011 5:44:47 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: NormsRevenge

Little bitty dogs get shot, too. They are even better Live Situation Target Practice than Rottweilers.


48 posted on 10/14/2011 5:51:38 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: arthurus
They feel that it is "us against them.

Given the bulk of the postings it sounds like a self perpetuating cycle. I live in an extremely low crime area and the police are about as threatening as the paperboy.
49 posted on 10/14/2011 5:55:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (ALCS/NLCS playoff thread http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2789907/posts)
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To: Heavyrunner
...there are a lot of really honorable cops out there, but the ratio of human trash to stand-up heroes is a lot worse than most people (even the cop haters) probably think.

Why were those bad cops hired, or did the job turn good cops into bad cops?

50 posted on 10/14/2011 6:01:18 PM PDT by TChad
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