Skip to comments.Gulfport officer shoots pit bull during search
Posted on 12/20/2011 9:51:28 AM PST by Altariel
GULFPORT -- Spook was chained in his front yard on 20th Street when police officers with a search warrant went to the house and one of them shot the 3-year-old pit bull, witnesses said.
She said Spook was a gentle inside dog but was outside on a chain while relatives were outside. Clark was inside when she heard the commotion.
If the officer felt threatened by my dog, he had time to back off. I kept hearing my child saying over and over, Please dont shoot my dog, Clark said. My dog was my best friend, she said.
Clarks daughter, Christa Turner, 25, said several police vehicles drove up quickly and officers jumped out.
The dog started barking and my 3-year-old daughter ran toward the dog, Turner said. An officer pulled out a gun and I started yelling over and over, Please dont shoot my dog.
Turner said she and her child were about three feet from the dog when the officer shot it in the leg.
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It’s not the officer’s fault. Shooting dogs is in their blood.
There is absolutely NOTHING these people can do about it either. That is the worst part.
If I were police chief, that officer would be off the force, on the grounds that he acted foolishly and tarnished the department’s good name. The family would receive a check reimbursing them for the dog without prompting.
Just idiocy on steroids ... Literally.
Pets today, people tomorrow.
It is now policy, likely unofficially, in many police departments to “gratuitously” kill dogs. The rationales for this are twisted, but make sense to the police.
1) To establish police dominance over people. Police regard this as an *essential* part of what police do. They want to be totally in charge and in control of all situations at all times. A dog hinders this dominance. Officers regularly kill even small dogs like Chihuahuas and Dachshunds, that present zero threat to anyone.
Importantly, anything that interferes with this control, be it a locked door or anything else, will get a similar harsh treatment. Do not knock on the door, kick it in or batter it down. A lot of it can be traced to steroid abuse.
If a person is not traumatized, they are not submissive enough, which is the intent of face down, handcuffed, gun to head and knee in back control measures; as well as taking small children away on any pretense.
2) The courts have established that things smashed or animals killed by police have a minimal value, so the most even a champion, papered AKC dog and service animal is worth is from $300 to $500, even if it cost thousands, and its training cost thousands more. Likewise, the replacement value of a windowed, solid oak door is just that of a cheap, hollow plywood door.
Importantly, the way around this problem is not what most people do, which is to complain or curse at and sue the police. Instead, the most effective way of fighting back is to publicly humiliate individual officers who have done such things.
The way to do this is to describe what they did as being an act of sexual gratification, suggesting that they found killing a dog to be sexually stimulating, and afterwards they showed a degree of “unprofessional intimacy and visible arousal” amongst themselves, touching each other briefly, yet inappropriately while “asserting dominance” in a sexual way over the people held at gunpoint.
This would make such police lose their marbles, and should only be done by those who don’t fear vigorous retaliation by the police.
The dog is mere property with the potential to interfere with the officer's wellbeing as some future time. And a three-year old what? An incorporated civilian? That's just a dispensable human resource of the State. Your objections are irrelevent.
One less pitbull. Can’t complain.
The pitbull was incapable of inflicting harm to the officer.
A bullet could easily have ended the life of the three year old child rushing to her dog’s side.
Somebody is going to get killed some day over one of these incidents.
No, the worst part is that:
“Kimberly Clark said the person police were seeking hasnt lived at her home for three years. She said their search turned up no drugs or guns, and police left without making an arrest.”
A citizen who committed no crime lost a restrained dog on its master’s property.
“Ugh. I hate these stories. I know there are plenty of LEO FReepers. I always wait to see if any of them post to say “that’s rotten, my squad would never do that.” But so far none ever have, that I have seen. “
I am certain that LEO FReepers and other conservative police officers here would not tolerate the cowardly behavior of an officer who shoots a chained dog. :-)
I like to think that you are right.
What is the officer’s name?
I agree thats horrible. IMO its made worse by the fact that this is acceptable to our militarized police departments, city leaders, and judges.
When these things happen the aubj...er citizens have no recourse.
Though noble, and I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiment, it would just create an even bigger problem. In court it would be viewed as an outright admission of guilt, and open the police department to further lawsuits, basically giving the victims a blank check and the city and police department no defense.
Secondly, the officer involved will also sue for wrongful termination. His defense will always be that he was defending himself. It will be the onus of the department to prove him wrong.
So on the one hand, you do whats right, admit fault and get sued by the victims, with no defense, THEN you also get sued by the officer, and thus get your butt fired by the mayor. Or, you swallow the bile in your throat, and cover your, the city's, the department and the cops collective asses.
It is now policy, likely unofficially, in many police departments to gratuitously kill dogs. The rationales for this are twisted, but make sense to the police.
Thank you for your service on the police force.
We need more like you today.