Skip to comments.Austin Police Chief Apologizes For Dog Shooting
Posted on 04/18/2012 10:27:39 AM PDT by Carbonsteel
AUSTIN (KXAN) - Chief Art Acevedo expressed sympathy about a highly talked-about case involving an Austin police officer who shot and killed a man's dog while responding to the incorrect address.
Speaking with Cisco's owner Michael Paxton on KLBJ-FM's "Dudley and Bob Morning Show," Acevedo apologized about the incident and also commented on police procedure.
"Believe it or not, we are animal lovers just like any one else," said Acevedo. "I want to say I am sorry on behalf of all the members of the department.
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Obama wants to know what’s been done with the meat.
Yeah, right, sure. After all the internet outrage.
The cops are sorry they're on tape is more like it.
Better start saving up some money chief.
He should be. It was an awful thing to do.
Someone should fill the cops in on a new product call `Mace.’
Maybe the letter carriers could train them.
They don’t have to shoot every dog (all dogs) they think might bite.
This Austin cop needs to be fired ASAP. He gave the owner no opportunity to restrain his beloved dog. Responded to a domestic disturbance at a wrong address and goes in guns blazing. The next time, he might shoot a four-year-old kid for pointing a finger at him simulating a gun. POS cop, kick him off the force.
A Real Man offers his left forearm in order to steady the dog's head so the right hand can properly apply the Mace to the eyes.
Is there some sort of cop manual that says:
“When you arrive on scene the first thing you need to do is to shoot all of the dogs.”
Because it sure seems that way.
:: A Real Man offers his left forearm in order to steady the dog’s head so the right hand can properly apply the Mace to the eyes. ::
Actually, you have posted something that was taught to me by a Vietnam-era Marine MP & K9 officer. Other than applying the mace, the right hand should slip below the left arm and is used to crush the windpipe of the animal.
“Is there some sort of cop manual that says:
-When you arrive on scene the first thing you need to do is to shoot all of the dogs.
Pretty close, I think there is definitely some kind of training procedure that says “under the following circumstances you will not be disciplined if....” and that a certain number of trigger happy cops, do not think ‘what is the right thing to do’ but rather ‘can I get in trouble for this’
My guess is that chief is not particularly happy with what he is finding in his morning e-mail and this officers promotion opportunities are not particularly good.
Furthermore my guess is that department like many others spends tens of thousands of dollars a year on PR. Having on duty officers visit schools community groups, etc.
The impulsive actions of this officer wipes out years of those efforts. THe next time the an officer shows up at a grade school the first question will most likely be “Why do you shoot peoples dogs”
What is hard to figure is, with a dozen or more incidents a year, many of them nationally publicized, why departments have not laid down the law to their officers.
Again, my guess is that it is finally going to take a armed homeowner calling the police about a break in,
an officer showing up shooting the homeowners dog for no reason and subsequently being shot by the homeowner, before they get smart and change their standard procedures.
I’d make the original 911 caller buy me a new dog.
Because there haven't been any consequences to the cops for doing it. That's why. But one day soon some person is going to hunt down the cop that shot the family pet and get a little street justice.
On that day I'm going to cheer.
JERRETT:"OK, your honor. Shoot."
JERRETT: "You can get up from under your desk, stud. When I said "shoot", I meant go ahead that I'm ready to copy."
OBAMA: "I knew what you meant, Val. I was just picking up some dust off the floor."
OK...here goes: 'Dear Chief Acevedo. Sorry to hear that the dog had to be shot by your patrolman, while the dog was attacking your 2 month old grandchild, gnawing the leg off your wife, who has MS, clawed the stocking off your grannie and was humping your daughters leg. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. "How do you like that little cliche? Just invented it. Kinda a thing that shows my true genius. Did I tell you I went to Harvard? Sure did. Number one in my class. Just check out my transcript and you'll see how great I am.'
'Anyway....looks like you have a problem before you.....What to do with that delicious...err....damn dog. Well, you're in luck, baby. I'm going to help you out. I'll have my chef send you a few buckets of michell's favorite KFC and you can send me the dog. When you send him, just address the UPS package: THE WHITE HOUSE...ATTENTION: WHITE HOUSE CHEF. Ymmm...Ymmmm....Yum"
And, so you'll know my hearts in the right place, I'll direct eric holder to send down a team to work on attempted murder charges against lunches....I mean the dogs' owner."
Signed: Your King, Barry. P.S. I'll even kick in a few hot wings."
OBAMA: "Got that, Val?"
JERRETT: "Got it, Commander. Now, let me rub those kinks out of your shoulders. And, if you need more relaxation than that, I'll send the new kid in. When we interviewed him, his name was Devon, but we've nicknamed him 'Sinclair'."
Sue the SOBs (Chief, Austin PD, and city). Fire the cop.
In Austin, apparently there is an unofficial policy to shoot any dog that “gets in the way”:
A friend of mine had an APD detective play guitar in his band for about a year. The detective told him the cops are trained to shoot any dog that “gets in the way.” It’s an unofficial policy that is part of the SWAT training. So these cops know they can shoot first and ask questions later and the department will back them up. When APD claims they have no “official” policy for handling dogs in these situations, it is the truth. They only have an “unofficial” policy and that is shoot the dog first, apologize later (if you feel like it). People who think this is no big deal would probably sing a different tune if it was their dog.