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Cop shoots, kills family dog(GA)
ajc.com ^ | 20 December, 2010 | Alexis Stevens

Posted on 12/21/2010 4:02:07 AM PST by marktwain

A Clayton County mother of six said the family dog did what he always did when he saw someone. He barked.

But when "Boomer" started barking and running toward a police officer Saturday morning, the officer shot the dog and killed it, Lawrene King told the AJC Sunday night.

“He’s a golden retriever," King said. "He barks, but he’s never bitten anyone.”

A Clayton County police officer was on foot patrol on North Shore Drive when the dog jumped off a porch and started barking and running toward the officer, Capt. Tina Daniel said. The officer ordered the dog to stop and when it didn't, the officer shot and killed the animal in its yard, Daniel said.

The police department has launched an internal investigation into the incident and will not discuss the incident until it is completed, Sgt. Otis Willis said Monday afternoon.

The officer, whose name was not released, was responding to a call reporting a suspicious person, police said.

A resident called police to report that someone was selling meat from the back of a white pickup truck, King said. The friend of one of her children had parked his white truck in front of the family's home, and King believes the officer was checking it to confirm it was involved.

"My neighbor saw the whole thing," King said. "He was shocked how quickly the officer pulled his gun."

Boomer was killed about 25 feet from his spot on the front porch, close to her front door, King said. He was not on a leash.

King said she wasn't home when Boomer was shot, but three teenagers were in her house. King said she received a frantic call from her 19-year-old son Jonathan.

"Mom! He killed my dog," King said her son screamed.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: banglist; dog; doggieping; donutwatch; ga; police; warondogs; yesterday
I have confronted a lot of dogs, mostly because I have done a lot of running. Postal carriers confront even more, but only carry pepper spray. I have come close, but have never shot a dog that was coming at me. When I run now, I carry a stick. Dogs understand sticks.
1 posted on 12/21/2010 4:02:11 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

The article says the dog was not on a leash. but does not say if it was inside or out of its yard.


2 posted on 12/21/2010 4:08:10 AM PST by John D
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To: John D
the officer shot and killed the animal in its yard

Seems clear to me.

3 posted on 12/21/2010 4:09:43 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: marktwain

Now read the other 490+ posts...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2645342/posts

Bad shoot of a family pet.


4 posted on 12/21/2010 4:15:05 AM PST by Dead Corpse (III%. The last line in the sand)
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To: John D

The -original- “unmodified” article -clearly- stated it was wearing an underground fence collar, was still firmly on its on property and never stepped off said property.

During the posts made on this thread

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2645342/posts

the article kept “changing” to project “less guilt” on the part of the cop.

Some speculate that the source was monitoring FR and “changing” actual details to cast doubt upon the improper actions of the cop.

[my web-stats show where my links are being posted so I’m sure their webmaster has the same capability]


5 posted on 12/21/2010 4:15:46 AM PST by Salamander (Can't sleep....the clowns will eat me.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

I was just trying to repost to report my mistake after I reread the article. Sorry.


6 posted on 12/21/2010 4:15:58 AM PST by John D
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To: Dead Corpse

Fancy meeting you here...:)


7 posted on 12/21/2010 4:16:24 AM PST by Salamander (Can't sleep....the clowns will eat me.)
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To: marktwain
The officer ordered the dog to stop and when it didn't, the officer shot and killed the animal in its yard.

Shot dead in its own yard for failing to respond properly to to the commands of an Almighty Officer of the Law. Merry Christmas.

8 posted on 12/21/2010 4:16:37 AM PST by GBA (Not on our watch!)
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To: GBA
The union will blame the town for LEO’s not having LEO/Canine training. Further, the officer will retire on full disability due to the nightmares he will now have about huge hounds, house size house bounding out of the darkness at him. The city DPW will issue a ticket for improper disposal of a dog. DSS will take the kids. The mother will be sued by the cop.
9 posted on 12/21/2010 4:22:54 AM PST by Leisler (They always lie, and have for so much and for so long, that they no longer know what about.)
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To: marktwain

“The officer ordered the (Golden Retriever) dog to stop...”

— — —

This cop has proven himself to be totally complete Dumb-a55.


10 posted on 12/21/2010 4:27:54 AM PST by HighWheeler
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To: Salamander

Doesn’t matter. Dogs are fair game. So it goes.


11 posted on 12/21/2010 4:34:47 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: marktwain
The officer ordered the dog to stop and when it didn't, the officer shot and killed the animal in its yard, Daniel said.

Well, there you have it. A dog should always obey the orders of a law enforcement official.

12 posted on 12/21/2010 4:35:15 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: HighWheeler
This cop has proven himself to be totally complete Dumb-a55.

And the dumb-a55 slice of the pie chart keeps growing. Cops are dangerous to encounter these days. Stay clear of them, if you can.
13 posted on 12/21/2010 4:35:41 AM PST by ZX12R (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!)
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To: Salamander

there was also an initial report that it was 4 in the morning and the cop was responding to a burglery alarm. That story fell off the radar very fast.


14 posted on 12/21/2010 4:36:35 AM PST by doodad
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To: marktwain

Bad LEO! Bad!

We cannot train a dog not to bark, maybe we can train a LEO?

Nah, the dog is probably easier to train.


15 posted on 12/21/2010 4:37:47 AM PST by hadaclueonce ("Endeavor to persevere.")
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To: doodad

Also, why was the cop on foot patrol if you are looking for a suspicious vehicle? I can safely say that other than some parks and downtown venues I have never seen cops in any metro Atlanta area on foot. If they don’t have a car it is almost always bike or horse.


16 posted on 12/21/2010 4:39:00 AM PST by doodad
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To: ZX12R

Yep. There is no cost to them for their behavior. So far, at least.


17 posted on 12/21/2010 4:42:14 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: marktwain

Any cop that kills an innocent family dog should be castrated with a dull cheese grater.

LLS


18 posted on 12/21/2010 4:42:19 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: marktwain
The officer ordered the dog to stop

How does he know the dog understands English? What if the dog were trained to only respond to German? For this he gets shot dead? Don't this guys have spray, batons, etc.?

19 posted on 12/21/2010 4:44:28 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: marktwain

I think this particular dog only spoke Spanish! LOL. Too bad these RABID cops are so darn trigger-happy, though.


20 posted on 12/21/2010 4:47:09 AM PST by 2harddrive
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To: marktwain
"He was not on a leash. "
I have been attacked 3 times by dogs not on a leash. I have no sympathy.
21 posted on 12/21/2010 4:54:02 AM PST by joe fonebone (The House has oversight of the Judiciary...why are the rogue judges not being impeached?)
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To: joe fonebone

Were you in the dogs’ yard or were you just innocently walking down the street? This story does keep changing, but it did say early on that the dog had an electric underground fence with collar and the policeman was in the dog’s yard.


22 posted on 12/21/2010 5:13:43 AM PST by republicangel
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To: GBA

The officer ordered the dog to stop and when it didn’t, the officer shot and killed the animal in its yard,

I never have seen a dog respond to a command by a stranger.


23 posted on 12/21/2010 5:17:21 AM PST by chainsaw ( 'You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal)
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To: John D

I read yesterday that they had an invisible fence and the dog was inside that fence. It was the officer that trespassed.


24 posted on 12/21/2010 5:23:45 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: marktwain

Here’s the police chief’s contact if you’d like to tell him your feelings. greg.porter@co.clayton.ga.us


25 posted on 12/21/2010 5:29:26 AM PST by Shannon
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To: John D

Yesterday the article said the dog WAS on it’s owner’s property. I read it and it was very clear about that point.


26 posted on 12/21/2010 5:30:37 AM PST by Shannon
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To: marktwain

Unless you arrived recently on this planet you know that dogs bark and run at you when you enter their territory. THAT’S THEIR JOB. It’s not an attack, it’s not life threatening, you don’t have to use a gun to stop it. Anyone who is so afraid for their personal safety that they shoot a dog for approaching should never be a cop.


27 posted on 12/21/2010 5:36:03 AM PST by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: marktwain
A Clayton County police officer was on foot patrol on North Shore Drive when the dog jumped off a porch and started barking and running toward the officer, Capt. Tina Daniel said. The officer ordered the dog to stop and when it didn't, the officer shot and killed the animal in its yard, Daniel said.

I guess that the officer is deathly afraid of dogs, has no experience, and no judgment. Too bad for the family and the dog.

28 posted on 12/21/2010 5:48:06 AM PST by olezip
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To: olezip

“I guess that the officer is deathly afraid of dogs, has no experience, and no judgment. Too bad for the family and the dog.”

If I were police commissioner there that would disqualify any person for the job of patrolman. It really does anyway.


29 posted on 12/21/2010 5:57:48 AM PST by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: doodad

It wasn’t a burglsry, it was the “suspicious activity” of “someone” selling meat out of a truck.

Sounds like the Schwann’s Mob.......


30 posted on 12/21/2010 5:58:15 AM PST by Emperor Palpatine (I'm shocked! Shocked to find out that gambling is going on in here!)
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To: marktwain

“The officer, whose name was not released...”

Notice that it’s ALWAYS this way... if the shooter is a LEO, the name is “not released,” and the local media are too lazy, corrupt or intimidated to do the basic reporting spadework required to find out?


31 posted on 12/21/2010 6:03:58 AM PST by Elwood P. Doud (America, you voted for a negro socialist with an Islamic name - so why act surprised?)
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To: Salamander

Hippies were NOT ALL WRONG in calling cops PIGS!


32 posted on 12/21/2010 6:34:21 AM PST by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: Salamander

Savior-faire. I am everywhere. Or, at least I’m a lot of places because I’m a nerd with near insatiable curiosity. ;-)


33 posted on 12/21/2010 6:47:53 AM PST by Dead Corpse (III%. The last line in the sand)
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To: Dead Corpse
Now read the other 490+ posts...

i would, but I don't think I could stomach having to read the inevitable police -state supporters who believe police have carte blanche to kill anything that could possibly frighten a 5 year old. (Or just kill because they wanted to).

34 posted on 12/21/2010 8:23:12 AM PST by zeugma (Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam)
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To: Emperor Palpatine
It wasn’t a burglsry, it was the “suspicious activity” of “someone” selling meat out of a truck.

Yes, but early reports (I am in the area) were a burglary call at 4 am. That story was gone by mid morning.

35 posted on 12/21/2010 8:39:48 AM PST by doodad
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To: marktwain
"The saddest part of it was that Boomer was still wagging tail after he was shot," said King.

In case one doesn't know this, family dogs are NOT just dogs. The 'cop' may have just as well shot any other member of the family, the emotional reaction would be the same.

I'm not equating the family dog with a child, but the emotional attachment comes from the same place and can be very strong. The family's reaction would have been almost the same as if one of the children had been shot and killed, since in many ways, one of their children was shot and killed.

What is the justice for causing anyone this kind of cruelty, pain and suffering? Should the punishment be greater for someone in a position of trust and authority who does this kind of damage?

If I were on a jury, the maximum penalties would barely seem sufficient, especially for the PD turning such a loose cannon on society.

36 posted on 12/21/2010 11:29:39 AM PST by GBA (Not on our watch!)
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To: republicangel

scene 1, I was riding my bicycle on the sidewalk when a dog attacked my bike, knocked me down, and went after my head. I grabbed the dogs head, lifted it up off the ground, and threw it about 30 feet ( it was a black lab ) the stupid a$$ owners on the front porch proceeded to yell at me for hurting their dog.

scene #2, I was in my backyard, with a chain link fence between me and my neighbor, when his dog decided that my wife tending our garden was more than he could handle. He went over the fence and attacked my wife. I put him down with a shovel. It lived, but the owners could not understand why I hit their dog with a shovel, even though it was in my yard, attacking my wife. ( this was a pitbull )

Scene #3, I was in my garage working on one of my powertools, when I heard a low pitched growl. My neighbors black lab was in my garage, down on his front paws, growling at me. I had a shovel right next to me. I grabbed the shovel, spun around, and hit the thing square in the head. It went down. I grabbed it, threw it on my neighbors driveway, and told them to keep it in the yard, or on a leash, or I would shoot it. This particular animal jumps fences, goes after people, runs away. But it will not go into my garage, or come over on my property. If it is out front, I just say, in a low growl, get home...and it goes.

I do not have a problem with dogs in general...I do have a problem with dog owners that feel their animal ( yes, it is an animal ) has the same rights as a human. In any story that involves the killing of a dog, I will reserve judgement until the entire story is told. Until then, In my mind, the useless, ignorant, irresponsible owners of said animal are to blame...


37 posted on 12/21/2010 12:36:32 PM PST by joe fonebone (The House has oversight of the Judiciary...why are the rogue judges not being impeached?)
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To: GBA
I wonder, when I read these threads, what the legal ramifications are of you defending your pet from a cop using deadly force against your pet.

Most places (other than the accursed inner cities) you are allowed to defend someone being attacked. What about your pet?

38 posted on 12/21/2010 12:50:23 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: doorgunner69

Pee-poor grammer, not enough coffee yet............


39 posted on 12/21/2010 12:51:08 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: doorgunner69

You’d be hung by your testicles from every Court in the land. That includes if you sprayed the officer with a water hose, hit him with your fist or a 2X4 or shot him with a shotgun.

Fascism is smoothly and silently creeping across America, government controls you and yours because American citizen are not resisting the changes.


40 posted on 12/21/2010 2:09:35 PM PST by B4Ranch (Do NOT remain seated until this ride comes to a full and complete stop! We're going the wrong way!)
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To: doorgunner69

Good question. I think I already know how that would go, but would rather not be shot dead finding out for certain.


41 posted on 12/21/2010 2:59:26 PM PST by GBA (Not on our watch!)
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To: joe fonebone

Oh my goodness, you have reason to feel as you do. If I remember correctly, I was just stating what I had read in an earlier article. People were saying that the article was being edited as people were making comments so I wasn’t sure if that part was still in it.
Sorry that you have had such bad neighbors that didn’t know how to take care of an animal. Dogs are usually representations of their owners.


42 posted on 12/21/2010 4:37:08 PM PST by republicangel
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To: doorgunner69
Ask Sammy Weaver.
43 posted on 12/21/2010 10:57:16 PM PST by Apogee
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To: marktwain

An internal investigation concludes the cop in this case is not at fault:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2677687/posts


44 posted on 02/21/2011 6:10:21 PM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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