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D.C. officer accused of shooting woman's pet dog
WJLA.com ^ | 4 Sept 2011 | A.N.Onymous

Posted on 09/05/2011 7:52:36 AM PDT by Notary Sojac

Wearing a plastic protector around his face, 'Blue,' a three year male pit bull, has been shot and wounded in the shoulder and hip.

"This is wrong. This is animal cruelty, this is excessive", says his owner Tiffany Reynolds.

Reynolds, and her angry and concerned neighbors, say the gunfire came from an MPD officer's service weapon.

"It was like pop pop pop pop," recalls neighbor Sheila Love.

"We heard five shots," says Kathy Washington, who also lives nearby.

"We actually jumped up and ran in the house, because in the beginning we didn't know what was going on," she adds.

Witnesses say around one Thursday afternoon, they saw 4th District officers pursuing a man on a bicycle, near the 900 Block of Crittenden Street, NW.

Reynolds says one officer came up an alley, his gun drawn, and told her to grab her dog, who wasn't on a leash.

But then she says, "As my dog looked back, he began to shoot at my dog."

"And you're still holding onto him?" asked ABC7 reporter Richard Reeve.

She replied, "As I'm grabbing him. The officer could've shot me. I'm grabbing toward toward the dog and he's shooting my dog."

Perhaps most frightening, Reynolds says, was that the gun was pointed at her and her sister.

"I think the officer was really scared," Shana Reynolds says.

"Probably scared him more 'cos he pointed a weapon at us," she adds.

Thursday night, an MPD spokesman confirmed an internal investigation is underway--- that an officer did fire his weapon, and that a dog was shot.

Blue ran off, and was discovered by a neighbor at 7th and Shepherd, at least several blocks away.

He was later treated at an animal clinic in NW Washington.

Reynolds was cited $100 for not having her dog on a leash.

She and her neighbors insist the dog would never hurt anyone and they want answers.

"I have never, as long as I'm living, and I'm fifty, seen that dog attack anyone," Washington says.

Reynolds says what's strange is that the officer involved is on the beat in the neighborhood- that he knows the dog, and the dog knows him.

She says she'd like an explanation, or perhaps an apology.

Blue, despite his wounds, is expected to survive.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: animalabuse; cops; doggieping; dogs; donutwatch; roguecop; thugs; warondogs
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Would you rather live in a world with cops and no dogs, or a world with dogs and no cops?

1 posted on 09/05/2011 7:52:37 AM PDT by Notary Sojac
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To: Notary Sojac

They don’t seem to co-exist very well, do they?


2 posted on 09/05/2011 7:55:28 AM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Notary Sojac
""I have never, as long as I'm living, and I'm fifty, seen that dog attack anyone," Washington says."

Dang, how old is that dog!?

3 posted on 09/05/2011 7:55:38 AM PDT by hometoroost (Frodo lives!)
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To: Notary Sojac

Not to incite anyone...but the day will eventually come when some cop kills some guy’s dog, and the guy pulls out a pistol to shoot the cop. I would not wish this on anyone, but we are simply waiting for this day to occur.


4 posted on 09/05/2011 7:56:05 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Notary Sojac

“It was like pop pop pop pop,”

was it a nine or, like, a forty? did you bug out, n’om I’m sayin?


5 posted on 09/05/2011 7:57:32 AM PDT by 4buttons
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To: Notary Sojac

I would rather live in a world where people kept their dogs on a leash or behind a fence. That being said I don’t think the officer should have shot the dog...IF...the story told is accurate!!!


6 posted on 09/05/2011 7:57:37 AM PDT by ontap
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To: Notary Sojac
What is GOD spelled backwards?

Just remember, police dogs can easily have more rights than you.

7 posted on 09/05/2011 7:57:40 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Notary Sojac

The bicycle rider was at fault. Of course, I’m waiting for the entire investigation to conclude before I criticize the men in blue. < /sarc>


8 posted on 09/05/2011 7:59:09 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: pepsionice
Already happened in PA.

Chief told officer to "shoot the dogs", perp shotgunned the officer.

9 posted on 09/05/2011 7:59:09 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Notary Sojac

I dunno about this story. Unleashed pit shot by cop? That’s a lot different from the usual “Cop shoots ancient labrador in the homeowner’s back yard” kind of story.


10 posted on 09/05/2011 7:59:43 AM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: 4buttons

Check the link for a pic of the dog’s owner, you might be surprised.


11 posted on 09/05/2011 7:59:55 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Nothing will cure the economy but debt deleveraging, deregulation, and time.)
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To: Notary Sojac

Not sure but when your pizza is delivered faster than a cop showing up, well .... or as they say “when seconds count a cop is just minutes away” - at home in Washington state where I live, it’d take a deputy sheriff almost an hour to get to where we live. We don’t need them. We protect ourselves.


12 posted on 09/05/2011 8:00:06 AM PDT by SkyDancer (I Am The Person Whom I've Been Waiting For.)
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To: ontap
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2025812/Police-officer-Robert-Lasso-shot-dead-pointing-stun-gun-mans-dogs.html

Keeping dogs in a fenced yard is not enough.

13 posted on 09/05/2011 8:01:30 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: hometoroost

I think Washington meant she knew the dog from its birth onward, she’s no spring chicken. Dogs rarely make it to 20 years. (I’ve heard of a case of a 36 year old cat.) But it does come out sounding funny.


14 posted on 09/05/2011 8:02:06 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: SuzyQue
Reynolds was cited $100 for not having her dog on a leash.

That's a reasonable thing for the cops to do.

NOT shooting the dog (unless they were actually attacked by the dog)

15 posted on 09/05/2011 8:04:25 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Nothing will cure the economy but debt deleveraging, deregulation, and time.)
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To: hometoroost

“”Wearing a plastic protector around his face, ‘Blue,’ a three year male pit bull,””


And why was the dog wearing a plastic protector if she had never seen it attack anyone???

Something does not add up here.


16 posted on 09/05/2011 8:18:26 AM PDT by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: Notary Sojac

I’m training my kids that one of the very first things they do if they ever need to call 911 is put all the pets in a back bedroom with the door closed.


17 posted on 09/05/2011 8:21:19 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie (PRAY FOR TEXAS!)
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To: pepsionice

Already been done.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2025812/Police-officer-Robert-Lasso-shot-dead-pointing-stun-gun-mans-dogs.html#ixzz1V3IrnzNX

Seems to me the new SOP is “Answer call; shoot family dog[s]; proceed with visit.”

As for myself, in the unlikely event that a cop comes here, I’m hustling my dogs up into the attic, ASAP while hubby answers the door.

Unless the door gets kicked in of course, which will leave me no choice but to throw my own body over my dogs to take the bullet for them.

I’ve done it before.
I can do it again.


18 posted on 09/05/2011 8:21:50 AM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; ...
WOOOF!

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19 posted on 09/05/2011 8:23:28 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Presbyterian Reporter

Some areas require certain breeds to be muzzled at all times.

Although, a “plastic protector” could also mean a veterinary “Elizabethan collar” if the dog had just had surgery or was being restrained from licking a wound or nervous chewing.


20 posted on 09/05/2011 8:24:04 AM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: Notary Sojac

“Would you rather live in a world with cops and no dogs, or a world with dogs and no cops? “

Based on what I’ve seen and experienced with both dogs and cops, I vote for dogs over cops every time! I’ve had one dog or another for the all of my 71 years. They have enriched my life immeasurably. Cops, not so much. Besides, cops belong to unions, unlike dogs.


21 posted on 09/05/2011 8:25:47 AM PDT by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: Notary Sojac
Dogs with no cops -- if I had to (and could) choose between the two.
22 posted on 09/05/2011 8:26:30 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Notary Sojac

The answer is crystal clear to me. I vastly prefer dogs over cops. I really don’t need cops for any purpose.


23 posted on 09/05/2011 8:31:27 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Paladin2

GMTA....;)


24 posted on 09/05/2011 8:33:10 AM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: vette6387

Lock a cop and your dog in the trunk of your car on a hot day. After an hour, let ‘em out, and see which one is happy to see you...

;)


25 posted on 09/05/2011 8:36:57 AM PDT by patton (I am sure that I have done dumber things in my life, but at the moment, I am unable to recall them.)
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To: Notary Sojac

I need both cops and dogs but I need cops who don’t view dogs as ammo dumps.


26 posted on 09/05/2011 8:40:38 AM PDT by Lazamataz (If Hitler had been as lazy as Obama, the 1940's would have been a very nice decade!!)
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To: Presbyterian Reporter

“”Wearing a plastic protector around his face, ‘Blue,’ a three year male pit bull,””


And why was the dog wearing a plastic protector if she had never seen it attack anyone???

Something does not add up here.


Check the article. The collar was on the dog ‘after’ he was shot, to keep him from licking/chewing his wounds.


27 posted on 09/05/2011 8:43:13 AM PDT by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: pepsionice

In Texas we have the Castle Doctrine. I have a right to protect my property. And my dog is my property. Part of Founding Fathers’ reasoning for the Second Amendment was to protect ourselves from the “Sheriff” acting in a criminal manner.


28 posted on 09/05/2011 8:46:41 AM PDT by TStro
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To: patton

LOLOL


29 posted on 09/05/2011 9:05:45 AM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: OldPossum

I have dogs.
I have guns.

If allowed to use both freely and as necessary, I’d never need a cop.


30 posted on 09/05/2011 9:08:21 AM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: chaosagent

Thanks for clarifying that.


31 posted on 09/05/2011 9:09:19 AM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: Notary Sojac

How about in a world where before being hired, police are psychologically evaluated for severe neurotic tendencies, such as claustrophobia, fear of heights, fire, clowns, snakes, dogs, or any other hysteria that may incline them to pull out their gun and start blasting away in a blind terror?

You would think they would have thought of that by now.


32 posted on 09/05/2011 9:10:21 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: TStro

We have CD too but I bet it doesn’t extend to cops.


33 posted on 09/05/2011 9:10:45 AM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: chaosagent

Thanks.


34 posted on 09/05/2011 9:11:39 AM PDT by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: pepsionice
....pulls out a pistol to shoot the cop?

Ain't gonna happen in DC where there's gun ban... The main reason why cop shot the dog is he watched so much TV saying pitbull are very vicious dog, the cop also overreacted didn't realize the dog wearing plastic protector.

35 posted on 09/05/2011 9:57:15 AM PDT by hamboy
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To: Notary Sojac

I am almost 50yrs old and have never been protected or served by the streetgang in blue. I have been harrassed, threatened, and my rights violated...but never by dogs.

As far as I’m concerned, if a strange dog comes up one side of the street, and a police officer comes up the opposite direction, I turn my back on the dog and go on alert to the real threat.


36 posted on 09/05/2011 10:00:09 AM PDT by tarotsailor
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To: Notary Sojac

I am almost 50yrs old and have never been protected or served by the streetgang in blue. I have been harrassed, threatened, and my rights violated...but never by dogs.

As far as I’m concerned, if a strange dog comes up one side of the street, and a police officer comes up the opposite direction, I turn my back on the dog and go on alert to the real threat.


37 posted on 09/05/2011 10:00:42 AM PDT by tarotsailor
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To: Notary Sojac

I’ll take the dogs any day. No arrogance, no power trip.... Just honesty.


38 posted on 09/05/2011 10:40:15 AM PDT by JLLH
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To: Notary Sojac

Fining the owner because her dog was not on a leash where leash laws are present? Lawful and reasonable.

Shooting the dog just because he was scared/could? Unlawful and unreasonable.


39 posted on 09/05/2011 10:59:17 AM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: pepsionice

That day has come:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2762845/posts

So long as “shoot the dog first, ask questions later” remains the apparent policy of police departments who refuse to follow Peelian principles, such incidents (dog owners shooting cops who unlawfully threaten their dogs) will only increase.


40 posted on 09/05/2011 11:02:45 AM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Salamander

41 posted on 09/05/2011 11:21:49 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

You have *the* coolest gifs.....:)


42 posted on 09/05/2011 11:30:21 AM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: Notary Sojac

Pit bull off the leash? It wasn’t the dog that needs shooting.


43 posted on 09/05/2011 11:53:42 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: Notary Sojac
Would you rather live in a world with cops and no dogs, or a world with dogs and no cops?

That question takes m some serious consideration now that it was not an issue a few years ago. Police now see dogs, and I have come to believe that it is part of training, that any and all dogs wherever they might be encountered and in whatever circumstances are to be treated as opportunities for live response and target training.

44 posted on 09/05/2011 12:29:04 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: pepsionice

So are the bureaucrats and politicians that condone or promote this activity. That would give them license to ramp up their intimidation of the citizenry to a whole new level. Police forces all over America are begininning to look like something between high tech Brown Shirts and Stasi.


45 posted on 09/05/2011 12:34:20 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: Presbyterian Reporter

The protector would not keep the dog from biting someone. It keeps the dog from chewing an irritated place on his own skin. That is what these things are used for.


46 posted on 09/05/2011 12:37:37 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: Salamander

Thanks. :-)


47 posted on 09/05/2011 2:03:36 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: SuzyQue

I agree. Although I admit I have not read the whole story, yet.


48 posted on 09/05/2011 7:50:52 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: arthurus

“So are the bureaucrats and politicians that condone or promote this activity.”

???????


49 posted on 09/05/2011 7:52:00 PM PDT by Jayster
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To: Notary Sojac

I can patrol my own neighborhood, and not shoot a single dog.

Next question.


50 posted on 09/05/2011 7:56:27 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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