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Outrage After Officer Pepper Sprays Baby Squirrel
myfoxny.com ^ | Friday, 08 Apr 2011 | NEWSCORE

Posted on 04/08/2011 6:13:36 PM PDT by fuzzybutt

MESQUITE, Texas - A YouTube video of a police officer using pepper spray on a baby squirrel has sparked outrage in the city of Mesquite, Tx.

A student recorded the incident. In the video, the officer is seen spraying the animal after it began chasing students around at Kimbrough Middle School.

Students are heard begging the cop, reffered to as Officer Davis on the video, to stop with cries of "No!" and "Don't spray him!"

Mesquite Police Department has defended the officer's actions.

Sgt. Wes Talley said the officer stood between a group of students and the animal because he thought it may have been rabid.

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Don't spray me bro!
1 posted on 04/08/2011 6:13:39 PM PDT by fuzzybutt
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To: fuzzybutt

That was a funny video.


2 posted on 04/08/2011 6:19:30 PM PDT by unkus
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To: fuzzybutt

Another low IQ cop.


3 posted on 04/08/2011 6:19:43 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: fuzzybutt

He stands a better chance getting rabies from another cop than he does from a squirrel...


4 posted on 04/08/2011 6:20:09 PM PDT by rockrr ("Remember PATCO!")
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To: fuzzybutt

My daughter and I rescued a baby squirrel from the street near the Pentagon a few years ago. She brought it home in a barf bag, held it, pet it, loved it, cried for it, and then we took it to a squirrel rehabilitator in Catlet, Virginia. We took pictures. It was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen in my life so far. That cop is a savage sub-human and I hope God punishes him.


5 posted on 04/08/2011 6:20:31 PM PDT by KingLudd
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To: fuzzybutt

That squirrel is lucky he isn’t an adult. The office would have shot him then.


6 posted on 04/08/2011 6:20:36 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: fuzzybutt

Some child is bit by an animal and it later turns out to be rabid, the school will be sued.


7 posted on 04/08/2011 6:20:46 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: fuzzybutt

I don’t know ... I like baby squirrels as much as anyone, but there’s always the possibility of rabies or something equally nasty.


8 posted on 04/08/2011 6:21:05 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: KingLudd
A savage sub-human???? Gimme a break! No normal animal walks towards a person like that. That rodent was lucky I wasn't around. I for one would have stomped on it.

Ker-splat.

9 posted on 04/08/2011 6:22:17 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (Some minds are like cement; thoroughly mixed up and permanently set...)
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To: fuzzybutt

It got more consideration than the family dog. He would have just shot Fido.


10 posted on 04/08/2011 6:22:34 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: fuzzybutt

No matter what officers do, someone will always criticize. If the officer had done nothing, the parents would scream. If the squirrel had bit someone, they’d scream bloody murder. If he had hit it with a baton, someone else would scream. The squirrel was NOT acting normally at all. Squirrels do not normally charge at or chase human beings. NO HUMAN has to simply accept a bite from an animal. Humans have dominion over animals. Animals exist to serve us. Pepper spray was a non-lethal and effective option for the situation.


11 posted on 04/08/2011 6:23:21 PM PDT by freedomwarrior998
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To: fuzzybutt

Maybe he mistook the squirrel for a dog.

He might have thought it was a chihuahua.


12 posted on 04/08/2011 6:24:00 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: fuzzybutt
Ray Stevens Mississippi Squirrel
13 posted on 04/08/2011 6:24:13 PM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Yeah. It’s not like pepper spray causes any harm. Some people get really wound up about furry little animals.


14 posted on 04/08/2011 6:24:13 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: org.whodat

You are merely projecting... another internet warrior...


15 posted on 04/08/2011 6:24:47 PM PDT by freedomwarrior998
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To: fuzzybutt

Gee, The Magical Mischief Tour missed one.


16 posted on 04/08/2011 6:25:06 PM PDT by doc1019 ( The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.)
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To: KingLudd

Yeah... it’s perfectly normal for a squirrel to chase children and move toward humans in an aggressive manner. Yep... perfectly normal. We should all bow before our new squirrel masters.


17 posted on 04/08/2011 6:25:57 PM PDT by freedomwarrior998
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To: SatinDoll
Some child is bit by an animal and it later turns out to be rabid, the school will be sued.

Sadly, that's accurate. It's not really a cop problem, it's the lawyer problem that we allowed to develop.

18 posted on 04/08/2011 6:26:08 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: fuzzybutt

If a small animal starts acting aggressively, then there’s a good chance that it has rabies.

Pepper spray is not the end of the world. Better than a kid getting rabies. I’d say the officer did the right thing.


19 posted on 04/08/2011 6:27:08 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: Celtic Cross

Actually, that’s not true. If that squirrel was occasionally being fed by a human, it would explain the situation as much as the possibility of the animal having rabies.

Several years ago I had a squirrel in my apartment complex run up to me while I was walking my dog, look at me for a few seconds, and then proceed to climb up my leg, then back, perched on my shoulder for a few seconds, then climbed down my arm to have a look at what I may have in my hand, then climb back up and then down my other arm for a look at what I may have had in my other hand, and upon seeing nothing interesting, jumped off and went on his merry way.


20 posted on 04/08/2011 6:27:28 PM PDT by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: Celtic Cross
"No normal animal walks towards a person like that."

While generally true, I've been at a number of public parks and university campuses where people where in the habit of feeding squirrels, pigeons, etc. and they had no fear of approaching people. If that were the norm in the area of this school, I'd have to say that the officer over-reacted, but if, as the article suggests, the squirrel had been chasing kids around, it probably was rabid and the officer would appear to have acted in good faith.

21 posted on 04/08/2011 6:27:36 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: TigersEye

BINGO! Usually its Soccer moms, hippie thugs, city dwellers, or internet warriors looking for any excuse to lash out against the police who (rightfully) gave them tickets or stomped out their joints in the past.


22 posted on 04/08/2011 6:27:54 PM PDT by freedomwarrior998
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To: freedomwarrior998

That is why if he had the IQ of a coal bucket he would have turned a trash can down over the little thing, a rabid animals foams at the mouth and staggers, they also tend to try and bit there own tails, this little fellow was just to little to know that some humans are more animal than he is.


23 posted on 04/08/2011 6:27:57 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: fuzzybutt

We have a yard full of squirrels - they run like crazy AWAY from us.

That rodent was not acting normal.


24 posted on 04/08/2011 6:28:25 PM PDT by mom4melody
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To: KingLudd

A “squirrel rehabilitator”? Did you find that in the yellow pages?


25 posted on 04/08/2011 6:29:49 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Pox
I wouldn't take a chance. If any wild animal is following a person, it is far more likely to have rabies than to be looking for a snack.

Unless its a bear or cougar, in which case it is definitely looking for a snack.

26 posted on 04/08/2011 6:31:25 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (Some minds are like cement; thoroughly mixed up and permanently set...)
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To: fuzzybutt

Sometimes these matters are very complicated.


27 posted on 04/08/2011 6:32:12 PM PDT by I see my hands (Embrace misanthropy)
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To: org.whodat

Wow you are ignorant... rabid animals in the Prodromal Phase or Furious Phase often do not show any “foaming at the mouth” (a misnomer) and some animals never show staggering.

Like I said, you are projecting.


28 posted on 04/08/2011 6:33:03 PM PDT by freedomwarrior998
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To: fuzzybutt; All


Have YOU Donated To FR Yet?

29 posted on 04/08/2011 6:33:15 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: mom4melody
Same here. Squirrels and rabbits all over the yard.

I consider them my emergency food supply. ;)

30 posted on 04/08/2011 6:33:38 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (Some minds are like cement; thoroughly mixed up and permanently set...)
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To: fuzzybutt
Wait a second.. fuzzybutt posts a thread about a squirrel?

31 posted on 04/08/2011 6:34:10 PM PDT by I see my hands (Embrace misanthropy)
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To: SatinDoll
Some child is bit by an animal and it later turns out to be rabid, the school will be sued.

I am pretty sure that there has never been a case of rabies transmitted to a human from a squirrel.

32 posted on 04/08/2011 6:35:27 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: TigersEye

Agree ....when is squirrel season ?


33 posted on 04/08/2011 6:35:47 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: fuzzybutt

Our children are stupid!!!!


34 posted on 04/08/2011 6:35:59 PM PDT by therut
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To: fuzzybutt

Does pepper spray taste at all spicy?? ‘Cuz squirrel + salt + pepper + spice + smoker = dinner


35 posted on 04/08/2011 6:37:45 PM PDT by Flying right
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To: freedomwarrior998
No matter what officers do, someone will always criticize. <\I>

While you are correct that many will criticize them no matter what. What you fail to realize is there is a very good reason for such criticism. Far too many cops overreact to far too many situations. This is not a case of the chicken or the egg arguments. Cops are being criticized these days because of the never ending supply of stories where they break laws, use excessive force on grandma or 8 year olds... And so on.

Cops are alienating themselves from society, creating more and more people who dislike them, don't trust them and generally avoid them at all costs due to their own making.

No one wakes up one day and just decides to dislike cops, it's always based upon either their eyes being opened to the level of police miscondut that pollutes the ranks of law enforcement today, or it's because they suffered a wrong at the hands of idiot cops.

36 posted on 04/08/2011 6:38:02 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: freedomwarrior998
Usually its Soccer moms, hippie thugs, city dwellers, or internet warriors looking for any excuse to lash out against the police who (rightfully) gave them tickets or stomped out their joints in the past.

Or folks simply tired of the BS that cops seem to get away with as "public servants" when their employers are raked over the coals for the same thing.

Just yesterday, I followed two Bernalillo County (Albuquerque area) Sheriff's deputies who were in plain clothes driving their cruisers. They were in a bigger hurry than traffic, and at times were going 10-15 MPH over the limit, no lights, no sirens. By the time they turned off on a side road, they'd crossed into a neighboring county. They certainly weren't responding to anything, as they were now fully out of their home jurisdiction. You can be damned certain they'd likely pull me over tomorrow if they caught me doing what they were doing.

Those types of LEOs are the ones that I have no respect for.

37 posted on 04/08/2011 6:38:46 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmit in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

When I was a child we had a problem one august week with a rabid squirril who chased children until one of the fathers shot it.


38 posted on 04/08/2011 6:39:25 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Totalitarian Fascism is here, Now.)
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To: freedomwarrior998

Wrong, dingle, I have killed several rabid animals. Have you!! Also know a squirrel when it is begging.


39 posted on 04/08/2011 6:39:25 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
“I don’t know ... I like baby squirrels as much as anyone,”

I partial to fried and served with a rice dressing myself.

40 posted on 04/08/2011 6:39:27 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: fuzzybutt

Another SWAT team leader in training!


41 posted on 04/08/2011 6:39:38 PM PDT by mongo141
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

Why are you “pretty sure that there has never been a case of rabies transmitted to a human from a squirrel”? Do you documentation?


42 posted on 04/08/2011 6:40:37 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: org.whodat
Well, we can't all have such an intimate understanding of squirrels as you.
43 posted on 04/08/2011 6:40:51 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (Some minds are like cement; thoroughly mixed up and permanently set...)
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To: Slump Tester; KingLudd
A “squirrel rehabilitator”? Did you find that in the yellow pages?

Supplying fine restaurants in your area.

Saving a Squirrel by Eating One

If you like hot peppers I recommend the Sichuan Squirrel. ;^)

44 posted on 04/08/2011 6:41:34 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Wrong. All professions have a few bad apples. ALL of them. I could post a dozen stories every day of soldiers from the various United States Armed forces who commit criminal acts. That doesn’t make the vast majority of them any less brave, patriotic, or honorable. What you and others of your ilk do, is simply take the communist/media playbook, and play the “drip, drip, drip” game to paint an entire profession with a broad brush, all because of a petty little vindictive agenda.

The fact that you hide behind a keyboard to do it speaks volumes about your character.


45 posted on 04/08/2011 6:42:11 PM PDT by freedomwarrior998
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To: IMR 4350

When I was a kid I loved squirrel and rabbit gravy.


46 posted on 04/08/2011 6:43:56 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat

I’m sure you can leap buildings in a single bound as well, right? This is the internet after all.

I frankly don’t believe that you’ve killed anything. Even if you have, it doesn’t change the reality of my earlier post.


47 posted on 04/08/2011 6:45:47 PM PDT by freedomwarrior998
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To: freedomwarrior998
(picture a squirrel instead of ant)
48 posted on 04/08/2011 6:47:20 PM PDT by ZinGirl
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To: Flying right
Does pepper spray taste at all spicy??

Pepper spray is pepper. In Vermont I talked to a gun shop owner who was a former police officer and a current firearms instructor. He told us he always took a burrito to his class on using pepper spray and sprayed it then ate it in front of the class.

49 posted on 04/08/2011 6:48:06 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: fuzzybutt; camle; Alkhin; Professional Engineer; katana; Mr. Silverback; MadIvan; agrarianlady; ...
Mr Flibble is very cross

Ping!

50 posted on 04/08/2011 6:48:06 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 806 of our national holiday from reality. - That 3 AM phone call? Voicemail...)
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