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Slain Pa. officer had pointed stun gun at 2 dogs
Associated Press ^ | August 12, 2011

Posted on 08/12/2011 12:20:01 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

FREEMANSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities say a police officer slain while responding to a domestic disturbance in a small eastern Pennsylvania borough had pointed a stun gun at two dogs before being shot.

The Morning Call of Allentown reports Freemansburg police Officer Robert Lasso had pointed at the attacking dogs when the homeowner pulled out a shotgun and fired the fatal blast Thursday evening.

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KEYWORDS: banglist; cops; copshootsdog; dogs; donutwatch; policestate; standingarmy; stungun; warondogs
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1 posted on 08/12/2011 12:20:07 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Does PA have the death penalty?


2 posted on 08/12/2011 12:23:35 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Mr idiot will now spend the rest of his life setting on death row, damn fool.


3 posted on 08/12/2011 12:24:12 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He’s like doritos - they’ll make more.


4 posted on 08/12/2011 12:24:53 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: Free ThinkerNY
The shooter will never get the opportunity to pet his beloved animals again.

. . . . good!

5 posted on 08/12/2011 12:25:28 PM PDT by Realman30 ("I've already made a donation to Haiti. It's called taxes". . . . El Rushbo.)
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To: org.whodat

And the dogs will more than likely be put down unless a suitable home can be found for them.


6 posted on 08/12/2011 12:25:55 PM PDT by proudpapa (Palin-West - 2012)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The price of shooting at citizen's dogs just went up.

But the price for shooting a cop remains the same. This guy will fry, if PA has the death penalty.

/johnny

7 posted on 08/12/2011 12:26:34 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
A big story short on information. Prayers up. Our police have to face a dark and unpredictable world. Thank and support them when you can.
8 posted on 08/12/2011 12:26:39 PM PDT by oyez ( America is being pimped.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This happened in my area. I have a lot of questions about this. Freemansburg cops are a bunch hard asses. Not professional in my opinion. I would like to know why this perp shot the officer if he knew he was a cop. Was the cop out of uniform? There needs to be more info before I call for the perp to fry. This doesn’t add up to me.


10 posted on 08/12/2011 12:33:56 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Court documents indicate the alleged gunman, 46-year-old George Hitcho Jr., had told Lasso to get off his property.”

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Somebody better check. Is this guy a FReeper?

Cause I’ve read way too many replies from FReepers who have said they would do this if ever a cop shot their dog.


11 posted on 08/12/2011 12:34:06 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (The views and opinions expressed in this post are true and correct. Deal with it)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I wonder what the cop killers FReeper name is?

I already see that one of his kind has already posted on this thread.


12 posted on 08/12/2011 12:36:44 PM PDT by Gator113 (Palin 2012, period.....)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Updates would be appreciated.


13 posted on 08/12/2011 12:37:20 PM PDT by meatloaf
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Huh, a cop’s hard on for attacking dogs backfires on him.


14 posted on 08/12/2011 12:37:20 PM PDT by Nate505
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To: oyez
A big story short on information. Prayers up.

Here's more.

George Hitcho Jr., charged in police officer's death, was a nuisance, neighbors say
George Hitcho Jr.'s weapons previously confiscated by police for 2003 protection-from-abuse order
George Hitcho Jr. charged with homicide in fatal shooting of Freemansburg police officer Robert Lasso

15 posted on 08/12/2011 12:37:20 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Be prepared. It's a hard rain that's gonna fall.)
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To: benewton

Before you pop off again, it says domestic violence call. And by law, all the so called private property claims go out the window. Try a little educational reading, it may help you, but I doubt it.


16 posted on 08/12/2011 12:37:46 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: org.whodat

Jeez, no kidding.


18 posted on 08/12/2011 12:39:48 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: meatloaf

More information bump...


19 posted on 08/12/2011 12:43:01 PM PDT by dcwusmc (A FREE People have no sovereign save Almighty GOD!!! III OK We are EVERYWHERE)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This does point out to everyone who says ‘It’s coming here.’, why the riots in Britain won’t be coming here.


21 posted on 08/12/2011 12:44:58 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Put me on the jury!
Put me on the jury!


22 posted on 08/12/2011 12:45:15 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Read the links on #15, ESP the 1st


23 posted on 08/12/2011 12:46:26 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: org.whodat
the so called private property claims

You don't believe in private property? Or what? Hard to have a Free Republic without private property and property rights.

/johnny

24 posted on 08/12/2011 12:48:47 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Typical lousy reporting job by a 20-something functional illiterate AP drone journ-o-list school graduate. That having been said...

The story said it was a stun gun the officer was pointing at the dogs. Pointing, not firing.

Pretty restrained, I think, when you think of what has happened in other cases.


25 posted on 08/12/2011 12:48:47 PM PDT by SargeK
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To: Responsibility2nd
There are such people ~ they imagine that if they are "in the right" (as they see it) then it's OK to shoot a cop, a little kid, somebody's pet that just happens to be on their lawn or front porch.

They are, of course, very mistaken. This is why we keep "Ol'Sparky" wired up, and the wheels on the gurney's greased.

26 posted on 08/12/2011 12:51:35 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: JRandomFreeper
You have no right to beat the hell out of your wife and claim the cops cannot come on your property to enforce her rights, damn man. Do you not know anything about domestic violence laws, and by federal law a game warden can come onto your property anytime he wishes no warrant needed.
28 posted on 08/12/2011 12:55:23 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Why was this moron still running around loose ?


29 posted on 08/12/2011 12:56:12 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Stop spamming that!


30 posted on 08/12/2011 12:57:09 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Nate505; benewton

Why don’t you get dressed and get out of your mom’s basement?

I wish all you cop-haters here would read the local press who actually reported the story. The perp was a doper bully who had prior run-ins with police and neighbors. The officer was doing his job, and leaves behind a widow and two kids, ages five and three.

Go up to the funeral home in Lehigh County tell the widow and kids about how they’d shoot their dad too if he came to your house.

If it was my wife, she’d drop you where you stood.

Come and get me, Mods. You let the idiot cop-haters and moronic anti-Mormon snake-handling, strychnine swilling freaks run roghshod all over this board. I’ve had it with FR.

Pathetic loser morons. You’re worse than DU.


31 posted on 08/12/2011 12:57:25 PM PDT by SargeK
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(Asking nicely)

Why?


32 posted on 08/12/2011 12:59:49 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (The views and opinions expressed in this post are true and correct. Deal with it)
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To: samtheman

This was bound to happen and will happen more if police officers don’t change their “rules of engagement.”

If I were on the jury and it was proven by the defense that the cop was fixing to shoot the guy’s pets or harm anyone on the premsis...jury nullification. It has to stop.

Reform is needed and needed now. Policing has to fit constitutional restraints and common sense. They don’t get to kill nor brutalize everyone and everything upon their whim and excuse.


33 posted on 08/12/2011 1:00:06 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Responsibility2nd

You are posting it all over FR. Please, enough is enough.


34 posted on 08/12/2011 1:02:27 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Or in other words, the dog owner didn’t take kindly to someone threatening the lives of his dogs while on his property...

Now imagine if some stranger pulled a gun on your daughter... and you had a shotgun.

Ain’t nothin’ different between the two. Dogs are part of the family (cats, birds, etc... too, but for some reason are less targeted).


35 posted on 08/12/2011 1:02:37 PM PDT by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: org.whodat
The problem with domestic violence laws is that anyone can call one in and the cops are taking the man away. There has been an ongoing fight to get the federal domestic violence law (can't remember exact name right now) repealed because it is a violation of due process for men. My brother in law dealt with it in SC. His wife called in a threat and the po-po came and took him away. He claimed the entire time that nothing happened. Didn't matter, the call was made, and they had to take him in. Turns out that the apartment complex security cams caught the whole thing, including her pushing him and him doing NOTHING in return. It also showed the cops taking him off in cuffs while he denied harming his wife. Of course all charges were dropped, and he never received an apology from the po-po. Just doin’ their jobs, ya know.
36 posted on 08/12/2011 1:02:51 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Thanks for the links. The dodo birds complaining about this policeman should read these articles first.

Creepy druggie perp on left; Decent cop on the right


37 posted on 08/12/2011 1:02:58 PM PDT by Palladin (Sarah Palin in 2012!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Freepers are not idiots and slaves. We know our constitutional rights and we do have common sense to judge meat head policing from just policing. A minority are blind knee jerks who do not think...


38 posted on 08/12/2011 1:03:08 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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(Still being nice)

OK, but how is that any different to posts by The Old Lady and others bumping All to hit up the FReepathon?


39 posted on 08/12/2011 1:04:27 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (The views and opinions expressed in this post are true and correct. Deal with it)
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To: SargeK

100% agree SargeK. I was beginning to think we had some long hidden moles popping up from many comments I’ve read lately.


40 posted on 08/12/2011 1:04:47 PM PDT by al44
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To: samtheman
Fair enough. That is 10 times more info that the Radio updates and the lousy Morning Call could muster.

Hitcho looks like the typical resident of that area. It is a crappy little town outside of Bethlehem. If his neighbors thought he was filth, you know he was bad news. The towns only claim to fame is a motorcycle hill climb.


41 posted on 08/12/2011 1:05:24 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This instance does not sound like an insane cop that needed to be dealt with....it sounds like the guy with the shotgun was the one that was insane.


42 posted on 08/12/2011 1:06:38 PM PDT by Bobalu (He who is compassionate to the cruel will ultimately become cruel to the compassionate)
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To: goodwithagun

Nothing can be designed that is 100 percent perfect, but then cops leaving while someone bleeds out is not the answer either and that is why we have the current laws.


43 posted on 08/12/2011 1:06:50 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Dang, Troy Aikman really let himself go.


44 posted on 08/12/2011 1:07:45 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SaraJohnson
This was bound to happen and will happen more if police officers don’t change their “rules of engagement.”

This wasn't a swat raid gone bad. This wasn't a homeless man getting beaten to death by rogue cops.

This was a cop doing his job responding to a domestic dispute with a known problem neighbor. And he was pointing a STUN GUN at the dogs, not his service weapon.

Yeah, police activities sometimes go too far. But so does the cop-hatred. Both are signs of unbalanced minds.

45 posted on 08/12/2011 1:09:10 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This is how it usually happens. It’s not the cops that deserve it that get plugged, nor is it the average Joe that does the plugging. Cops get away with murder (just look at the Fullerton PD) all the time and then something like this happens where an A$$h##e offs someone that sounds like an OK cop.

However, if we did not live in a police state neither would be happening so it’s kind of like who cares anymore? Cops shouldn’t have the right to invade our property just based on some allegation of wrong doing and attack our dogs/property/persons at will and if they do then be prepared for this kind of thing to happen and for more and more people to not really care.

Support for cops is slipping away as more and more people get caught in the gears of the police state, either for revenue enhancement (traffic tickets at $500 a pop! and $100 for a parking ticket out here in CA) or some silly DV accusation by a PO’d wife/GF or some cops looking to work off a little roid-rage. That plus there is a growing part of the population that have no respect for the law what so ever, illegals and other minorities in particular. Means that more and more are not going to give a damn when someone pops another cop off as they are starting to look like part of the problem rather than part of the solution.


46 posted on 08/12/2011 1:09:22 PM PDT by trapped_in_LA
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To: Responsibility2nd
OK, but how is that any different to posts by The Old Lady and others bumping All to hit up the FReepathon?

Do you REALLY have to ask that one? Jeez. They are helping fundraise for FR to keep the site going.

47 posted on 08/12/2011 1:10:39 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: SaraJohnson

I sincerely hope you forgot your “sarcasm” tag.


48 posted on 08/12/2011 1:10:57 PM PDT by Rannug ("God has given it to me, let him who touches it beware.")
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To: Palladin

The articles give some more info but not enough. Why was the officer in the rear and not the front?


49 posted on 08/12/2011 1:11:31 PM PDT by Ratman83
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To: org.whodat
Not that at all. I asked if YOU believe in private property rights or not, because it sounded like you were sneering at them.

And I have no use for statists that don't respect property rights.

/johnny

50 posted on 08/12/2011 1:11:41 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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