Skip to comments.Police Union Defends Dog Shooting
Posted on 11/14/2012 8:05:10 PM PST by Altariel
A dog shot and killed by a cop could have been a threat to bite officers. That's the opinion of the Omaha police union president. Our Sister Station WOWT, Channel Six News, first showed the exclusive video of the incident last month.
A man walking the family pet in a search area ignored orders to stop so police arrested him and an officer shot and killed the dog. Omaha Police Union President Sgt. John Wells told Fact Finders, Based on the video I dont see that the officers acted inappropriately.
But the dog owners sister takes a different view, I think the officer was wrong shooting Teela. She wouldnt hurt anybody.
Union President Wells said in his opinion the night vision video from a neighbors security camera doesnt tell the whole story. Wells said, Just seeing the officers immediate reaction its seems to me he back peddled for a second thinking the dog is coming at him and made a split second decision by deciding I have no choice but to put this aggressive dog down.
The lab retriever mix named Teela had a clean record with the humane society. Chris Schulte, the man walking to family pet claims the officer didnt have to shoot the dog. Schulte said, Not threatening, the dog wasnt being aggressive.
But the report filed by officers Schuster and Clements stated the dog was aggressive, growled and showed its teeth. The union president points out that officers reported Schulte was arrested for having an open container of alcohol and obstructing police. Officers had the area sealed off to search for a suspect in a shooting. A police canine was being used in the area so the man entering with a pet could be in danger himself. The union president said responsibility for the shooting of the dog rests with the 22 year old man walking the dog, not with officers. Wells said, its unfortunate someones family pet was killed but officers were left little choice but to protect themselves.
Omaha Police commanders cant comment on an internal investigation. Police had told Fact Finders when an officer discharges their weapon while on duty an arduous review takes place.
It’s all falling apart. The center cannot hold. Sheer ass holes are loosed upon the world.
Union thugs don’t mind shooting dogs.
Canine execution officers.
When I was a kid, the cop from the next block over walked his two dogs on our block to let them crap on our yards instead of his.
One of his dogs bit me one day while I was riding my bike in the street. THe bite was hard and on my thigh.
On another occasion, his two dogs chased my stepmother into the house and I had to kick them away from the front door. Of course, no apology was given.
On another occasion, one of my dad’s friends came over and those two dogs started chasing him. At that point, the friend kicked them away and the cop bitched about it.
Memories like those shaped my opinions about cops early on.
Yes! let them shoot my dog, if they are stoopid enough.
Aggressive, growled and showed its teeth?
That could apply to most of the Dems in Congre$$
I wonder how Mall Police deal with such behaviour.
Sympathy to the family and sue the department.
“A dog shot and killed by a cop could have been a threat to bite officers.”
Could have been????? Two year old children could be a threat to bite officers. They better shoot them all.
I used to have respect for and be on the side of the police, but now I see them as just another branch of the government, the enemy within the gates. Too many (not all) are just narcissistic sissys and liars with badges.
According to this logic, we should give mail carriers, meter readers, and so on, guns to shoot dogs.
I understand that dogs can be a danger in certain situations (one of my daughter’s Yorkies would tear the ankle off anyone who tried to enter her house), but why can’t the police use other non-deadly force to deal with dogs that present a real threat?
They will have earned their fate, all by their lonesomes, with their lust to kill and their CYA superiors who sneer at mere "civilians."
Do you suppose they see it on the horizon?
And the sheer assholes have badges, guns and general immunity.
Do you suppose that's why the USPS got it's share of 1.8 BILLION rounds of .40 HP pistol ammo?
“Could have”. Lots of things “Could be”. Pulling a trigger is final. “Could have” is now operational justification for shooting an animal or person. “Could have”.
Makes me sick we have these types of scum ruining it for the ever-shrinking number of actual real peace officers.
Let’s hope not. I wasn’t aware of that. Good thing my little county post office and carriers love me and the dogs.
Unions will defend cops working off shift as security for mob run clubs.
So, don’t look for purity of purpose here.