Skip to comments.Family Says Police Killed Their Dogs and Slammed Grandmother to Ground
Posted on 11/20/2011 5:50:57 PM PST by bamahead
Matthew Spaulding says he and his family were terrorized at their own home by police who slammed his grandmother to the ground and shot his dogs-- missing his head by less than an inch. "Told us to get on the ground. I got on the ground they put me in handcuffs," Spaulding recalls, "Then they threw my dad to the ground and my dog Sadie was right here sniffing my head. She was next to me. They shot her. The blood got on my face and then she took off running behind me and they shot her like three more times."
Tuesday morning, Greene County Sheriffs Deputies and Perry Police officers arrived at Spaulding's Jefferson farmhouse to deliver a search warrant. The Spauldings say they were immediately ordered to the ground.. even Matthew Spauldings' disabled father, Chris. "My son hit the ground I hit the ground but I didn't make it too fast so (the officer) jumped on the middle of my back, shoved his knee in and held a gun to the back of my head and handcuffed me. After they shot my first dog my mom come out"
"They had taken me to the ground," Chris Spauldings' mother Susan Mace says, "So I was laying with my face in the ground. And I asked them why they shot the dog because the dogs weren't close to them"
The Spauldings say after the first dog was killed, a second dog running away from the shots --- and away from police--- was also shot. "They weren't barking. They weren't attacking nobody." Matthew Spaulding says, "They didn't even give us a chance to put them in the kennel. We have a big kennel outside our house we could have put them in but they wouldn't give us a chance."
Perry Police are not commenting. And they're refusing to turn over any paperwork or reports about the incident saying it's part of an ongoing investigation. But we were able to get copies of the search warrants. One warrant shows police were looking for any kind of legal or illegal drugs. The other shows police were looking for a stolen X-Box video game system. No drugs and no stolen games were found--and no one was arrested.
Chris Spaulding says he's furious his dogs were killed--his mother was ruffed up and his son was almost killed by police---all over a missing video game system. "Some of these officers should be fired because they kinda took their job too far. No common sense. No public safety when you got a kid on the ground," he says, "That's messed up man. Right beside his head. You could have shot my son."
Video at link.
A C.I probably gave the cops the wrong address. This happens more often than you think.
Sheesh. This is right down the road from me.
Two warrants? One of which doesn’t even specify the specific drugs they were supposed to seize...anything ‘legal or illegal’?
Sounds more like a fishing expedition to me.
They weren’t looking for a stolen X-Box.
Mistakes like are inexcusable. You’d think a police stakeout of the location would have uncovered the truth. The city is liable for damages and it also faces a lawsuit. Its not easy to hold rogue cops accountable.
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“A C.I probably gave the cops the wrong address. This happens more often than you think.”
Who cares they are suppose to be officers of the law not gossips. They need to conduct an investigation beyond what some informant said. Either the judge that issued the warrant or the cop that lied to the judge or both need to go.
And if they have a valid warrant, the need to behave reasonably why executing it. You see that execute means CARRY OUT, not you get to execute the dog. Chickens.
I LOVE dogs, but sorry, when this happens for silly reasons I honestly think the same # of cop dogs should automatically be put down, with the handler present.
Cop work now just “isn’t cool” if they can’t get gussied up in nomex kook gear and hurt innocent people.
When a country fights a long, low-intensity war, soldiers are ordered to act like cops, and the cops gradually begin to act like soldiers.
Sounds to me like this kid has gotten into trouble before and probably ticked one of the cops off.
Payback is hell.
Certainly these cops didn’t pick this house out of the blue to go and harass.
They may be sorry they executed the dogs and started this fishing expedition.
“...They werent looking for a stolen X-Box...”
from the article:
“...we were able to get copies of the search warrants. One warrant shows police were looking for any kind of legal or illegal drugs. The other shows police were looking for a stolen X-Box video game system. No drugs and no stolen games were found-and no one was arrested...”
This kind of jackboot behavior is occurring more frequently. Local police have become militarized and seem to enjoy rolling out the SWAT gear every chance they get. These clowns ought to receive the harshest punishment possible for such inexcusable conduct. Also note these brutal types never miss an opportunity to kill family dogs, whether aggressive or not. Again, no excuse.
Yep, and the bootlickers will be here shortly to tell us how “RARE” and “unusual” these “mistakes” are.
I don’t hate the police. I hate jack-booted thugs with badges who think they are a para-military group, and we the public are mere civilians, and all suspects.
I once told a cop that called me a civilian that I was a CITIZEN, no less than he was, and the only difference between he and I was that he had been entrusted with enforcing the law.
Truncheons (nightsticks, for those in Rio Linda) don’t taste very good.
I don't think that there was any mistake. They were sending a message.
“Payback is hell.”
No pay back is illegal. And the punishment for crimes under the color of law are appropriately severe. Though apparently not severe enough to deter these criminals, if your conjecture was correct.
Already happening in Tucson.
Our “protect and defenders” need to immediately implement a policy that there will be no more forced night entry unless it involves life and death apprehension of a known murderer or kidnapper.
Going after American citizens based upon false information provided by druggy stooges is an outrage. It contradicts everything that we base our society upon from “protect and serve” to the castle doctrine. In the dead of night most of us law abiding armed citizens don’t expect to be attacked or broken into, and will if our doors or windows are breached will shoot first and ask questions later. There is no act of law enforcement worth putting innocent Americans at risk.
As a law abiding citizen without even traffic points, if my home is broken into in the dead of night I’m going to use any means at my disposal to take down those that have entered. They will take heavy fire and I will depend upon my friends and relatives to defend my reputation afterwards.
If you pay attention to the daily news you almost have to conclude that these are NOT "rogue cops." It is SOP now.
That's what they already do in Atlanta. Cost the city a few dollars, but the elderly lady is still dead.
Civil forfeiture was about many things, but part of it really was also INCENTIVIZATION —if the cops could benefit in some material way from a bust, they’d be energized.
Let’s accept that for just a second:
Why do we NOT incentivize things on the NEGATIVE side?
After they terrorize taxpayers, the people who pay for those errors are.....OTHER taxpayers (who pay for the suit).
Why should incentives work just ONE way? If the cops know OTHER people pay for their error, what incentive do they really have to avoid such errors?
This has been going on for years. They need to be bonded, or put personal assets up as collateral, or consent to have their wives beat up in public, nude —SOMETHING.
There are plenty of good cops but bad cops are now having to pay NOTHING for eggregiously bad behavior.
If a person punches a police horse or dog, then legally it’s the same as punching a policeMAN.
Why, then, are “civvy dogs” then treated as LAB RATS?
Union brown shirts.
Looks to me as if you are straining to find an excuse for the out-of-control doughnut eaters. Nothing involved in this situation justifies, excuses, or mitigates what they did. For all you know, this was a hit on the wrong address. But even if they found a house with a stolen x-box, it certainly would not excuse or justify this level of violence.
Yep, and this is why a good team does surveillance independent of the source’s information as well as all the other database checks.
End the WOD and alot less grannies get slammed and dogs get shot.
I still have the book “1984” that I once read many years go, but 1984 is here and gone and I suspect it will get worse unless we change it regardless of the politics.
The tree of liberty is not just a phrase. We’re losing our liberties every day while Americans are bending over in gratitude and politicians are sticking it to us telling us we as a society are doing better. Wrong. They are doing better, not society.
I despise what has happened to the country in the last 10 years. Many Americans have worn a uniform to defend and protect our liberties. We need to continue. See the Oathkeepers.
The two warrants is a bit of a give away. You can not behave that way looking for an X-box, it can not be flushed. But drugs can be so they lied about drugs to justify their behavior. [This is why the courts were wrong to allow no knock warrants and other violations of the Constitution.
My only question is whether the second drug warrant was actually made up after the fact to justify their behavior.
They are becoming regular dog murderers.
This “civil incentive” is what should bother us all. It doesn’t end with drug busts.
With private prisons and corporations running law enforcement and photo cameras they will go after the $$$$$ at the expense of justice. Towns like Chevy Chase Village MD pay their fat cat police with super nice facilities and compensation at the expense of the out of town public who regularly gets robbed by their corporate owned 30mph speed cameras in zones with open 4 lane highways, with broad media strips that should be 45mph.
When the profit incentive enters law enforcement we the taxpayers are screwed. Judges in PA were taking kickbacks from private prisons owners to sentence and convict young people for their profit. They got sent to jail but most are not. Google: PA judges private prison.
It was an odd bit of reporting to say that the police were looking for legal and illegal drugs. In any event, I think you are right.
There’s something about police officers that I just don’t like—and my only encounters have been with traffic tickets. They’re essentially bullies who love to flout their authority and push people around.
I would bet that police departments hire them for that very reason.
By obamao's 3rd term this will be a commonplace event for things ranging from overdue parking tickets to discovery that you were formerly a registered republican...
By his 4th term all will be quiet...
POST OF THE DAY!!!
Especially love this line: “They need to be bonded, or put personal assets up as collateral, or consent to have their wives beat up in public, nude SOMETHING.”
Every cop involved, every prosecutor involved, every judge involved, should be publicly identified. With full addresses, phone numbers, emails, etc.
Yhea...(Deceased) Donald Scott, knows that, too.....
I’m kind of going ‘WTF?’ here. This doesn’t happen much in Iowa, especially out in the boonies like this one. Two warrants? A raid for an X-box, or possibly ‘legal or illegal drugs’? Too vague, too trivial, and the raid is too over-the-top.
There is more to this and I’m kind of wondering exactly what the sheriff is involved in. This sounds like a raid to hush someone up.
In another year they will be actually shooting the residents of the houses they “mistakenly” raid and they will get paid vacations as rewards for their efforts.
If the police raid my home for no cause and killed my dogs, they may as well shoot me, too. I would not forgive and I don’t think I would like prison much.
Right or wrong— my dogs are like children to me since I no longer have kids living at home. Just thinking about this happening to my home and my dogs makes me scared and my stomach pitch and turn.
Seriously, there are too many stories of this lately. It makes me want to cry. I don’t want to get angry with police but this is unacceptable, it breaks my heart and scares me.
Kathryn Johnston was blown away by rogue cops in Atlanta in 2006. It continues to this day.
I have 3 labrador retrievers and I often say, they’ll have to “take one for the team” to keep cops from shooting the rest of my family.
The other folks living there are lucky they weren't injured in the raid.
Now, regarding a stolen X-Box, what a phony bologna excuse ~ X-Boxes are like umbrellas ~ they are never stolen, just missing.
Who's the idiot judge who'd waste public tax money authorizing a raid for an X-Box?
A compare and contrast ~ a judge authorizes a warrant for a stolen box of dough-nuts located in a police break room.
Research “UCC 1-308/1-207” and “Commercial Liens”
"Ruffed" - displaying or wearing a ruff.
"Ruff" - a neckpiece or collar of lace, lawn, or the like, gathered or drawn into deep, full, regular folds, worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.
"Lawn" - a thin or sheer linen or cotton fabric, either plain or printed
Those cops were pretty talented to have "ruffed up" the woman.