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Maine man fighting back after police allegedly shot, killed his dog in Louisiana
Bangor Daily News ^ | April 30, 2014 | Abigail Curtis

Posted on 04/30/2014 4:24:01 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Arzy, a Labrador-Newfoundland-golden retriever mix, was shot and killed on Monday by a Louisiana police officer, according to owner and traveling Portland musician Brandon Carpenter.

Arzy, a Labrador-Newfoundland-golden retriever mix, was shot and killed on Monday by a Louisiana police officer, according to owner and traveling Portland musician Brandon Carpenter.

Brandon Carpenter, an itinerant musician from Portland, plays with his dog, Arzy Kensington. The dog was killed on Monday by a police officer from Louisiana, according to Carpenter, who is seeking justice for his pet. Courtesy of Brandon Carpenter Brandon Carpenter, an itinerant musician from Portland, plays with his dog, Arzy Kensington. The dog was killed on Monday by a police officer from Louisiana, according to Carpenter, who is seeking justice for his pet. Brandon Carpenter, an itinerant musician from Portland, said Wednesday that a Louisiana police officer shot and killed his dog Monday morning, even though the “incredibly friendly” dog was on a four-foot leash.

“That dog wouldn’t hurt a fly,” Carpenter said of his 90-pound dog in a telephone interview with the BDN. “Everybody loved Arzy. Everybody said, ‘Oh, he’s so friendly. So gentle.’ He was an angel in dog form.”

The 28-year-old musician, who has been on the road for 12 years, had hopped a freight train from Lafayette, Louisiana, to Sulphur, Louisiana, with his friend, 21-year-old Logan Laliberte of Auburn. The duo was on their way to stay with friends in Lake Charles, Louisiana, their backpacks, guitars and the 14-month-old Newfoundland-Labrador-golden retriever mix in tow, when they got off the train in the early morning.

“We were exhausted, and as we were walking, it started to rain,” Carpenter said.

They decided to find a place to sleep a little out of the rain, and clambered into the back of an empty box truck that was parked in the lot of the city newspaper, the Southwest Daily News. About 10 minutes after they got in, Carpenter said, they were woken up by a police officer who drew his gun and ordered them to get out.

“We were extremely compliant. We did everything he asked us to do,” Carpenter said, adding that he tied Arzy to a fence with a short leash when Officer Brian Thierbach of the Sulphur Police Department told him to secure his dog.

Thierbach put the men in handcuffs and ordered them to get on the ground, facing away from the dog. Then the officer, who wanted to get their belongings from the truck, asked if the dog was going to bite or attack him, Carpenter recounted.

“I said no, it’s an incredibly friendly dog. He’s a big teddy bear,” he said.

According to Carpenter, eyewitness Eric Midkiff, an employee of the newspaper, saw the officer pet the dog for a few seconds.

“His tongue was out. His tail was wagging. That’s my dog,” Carpenter said. “Arzy maybe did a little sniff, like do you want to play? Then [the officer] jumped down from the back of the truck and shoots my dog in the head. I watched him convulse his last breath and twitch the life out of him.”

Carpenter said that the officer threw their belongings out of the truck, and then he and Laliberte waited for about half an hour until another police vehicle drove up.

“They put on rubber gloves and pulled out a trash bag,” he said. “They stuffed my magnificent dog into this trash bag. I said, ‘You didn’t have to shoot him.’ The officer smiled at me and said, ‘He nipped at my foot.’ Arzy did nothing like that.”

According to the Southwest Daily News, Midkiff said in an official statement to police that Arzy did not attack the officer.

“He also stated that he saw the dog wagging his tail and acting in a friendly manner, and that it was when the dog bumped against Thierbach that the officer immediately responded by shooting the animal,” the newspaper account stated.

Efforts Wednesday to speak with Midkiff were unsuccessful.

According to the article, newspaper employees had called the police department that morning to report two suspicious-looking men with a dog hanging around the paper’s box trucks. The dog was first thought to be a black Rottweiler mix, according to the account.

An official from the Sulphur Police Department told the BDN Wednesday that the city’s mayor and police chief are currently conducting an investigation into the matter in conjunction with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and are not releasing any comments.

For Carpenter, who said that he’s had a lot of extraordinary adventures and had a lot of difficult experiences during his years on the road, the death of his dog in this way is not something from which he can easily move on.

“It was completely monstrous, what this man did,” he said. “We’ll be staying here until justice is served to this police officer.”

A Facebook group he started called “Justice for Arzy” was quickly accumulating posts of support on Wednesday afternoon. According to Carpenter, protesters also are planning to picket the Sulphur Police Department on Saturday.

“He thought I was just a train-hopping punk, and he could shoot my dog and get away with it,” Carpenter said. “You messed with the wrong traveler.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: cops; dogs; donutwatch; louisiana; maiune

1 posted on 04/30/2014 4:24:01 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Brandon Carpenter, an itinerant musician from Portland, plays with his dog, Arzy Kensington. The dog was killed on Monday by a police officer from Louisiana, according to Carpenter, who is seeking justice for his pet. Courtesy of Brandon Carpenter Brandon Carpenter, an itinerant musician from Portland, plays with his dog, Arzy Kensington. The dog was killed on Monday by a police officer from Louisiana, according to Carpenter, who is seeking justice for his pet. Brandon Carpenter, an itinerant musician from Portland,

Huh????

2 posted on 04/30/2014 4:27:05 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Brandon Carpenter, an itinerant musician from Portland, plays with his dog, Arzy Kensington.

Huh????

Translation: He's a drug addled hippie bum.

That still doesn't make it right for a neanderthal under the color of authority to shoot his dog. I would serve the cop the same justice he served my dog, no matter how long it took.

3 posted on 04/30/2014 4:32:57 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: nickcarraway

“The officer smiled at me and said, ‘He nipped at my foot.’ “

Officer lying sack of crap will get away with it too.


4 posted on 04/30/2014 4:32:57 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: nickcarraway

Drug test the gym rat.


6 posted on 04/30/2014 4:38:56 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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To: nickcarraway; Alaska Wolf; TexasFreeper2009; DCBryan1; Slings and Arrows; Doomonyou
JBT Ping list

I'll get you, my pretty...

...and your dog too!

7 posted on 04/30/2014 4:39:29 PM PDT by null and void ( They don't think think they are above the law. They think they are the law.)
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To: nickcarraway

We are helping to care for my son’s retired Bomb-sniffing K9, a Belgian Malinois, who is receiving chemotherapy for a deadly brain tumor.

His first K9, a German shepard, was just put to sleep a week ago due to an incurable cancer disease.

This killing hits home, and it sounds like it was totally wrong.

Keep up the investigation of what happened, and if appropriate, let real justice be done.

No cover ups!


8 posted on 04/30/2014 4:39:51 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: nickcarraway

What is it with cops and their need to shoot dogs?


9 posted on 04/30/2014 4:39:54 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: nickcarraway
I've noticed an increase in the amount of transients with dogs around here lately. I think that the dogs are part of a sympathy ploy to guilt people into giving money.

BTW, hippies are not too popular in the South.

10 posted on 04/30/2014 4:44:33 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: samtheman

What is it with cops and their need to shoot dogs?

There are a lot of factors but it boils down to the fact that sickos will seek out a job that gives them power over others. Sadly we have created a society where cops have so much power they can kill dogs and occasionally people without fear of reprisal. Given that power the draw to the psycopath will be even greater and you ain’t seen nothing yet.


11 posted on 04/30/2014 4:46:57 PM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: nickcarraway

If the police leadership do not get a handle on these power hungry sadists, the public’s respect for the law is going to evaporate and they will not be able to control what happens afterwards. It will be ugly.


12 posted on 04/30/2014 4:55:26 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: nickcarraway

But the important thing is that the cop went home safe!


13 posted on 04/30/2014 4:55:55 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Folks, the electoral fix is in.)
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To: RightOnTheBorder

Cops carry mace.

Mace must be very similar to what bicycle riders carry to deal with aggressive dogs.

Any cop that shoots without first trying mace should be fired on the spot.

As far as that goes, the stuff sold in bike stores for dog protection is in a can about twice the size of your thumb. There is no reason cops could not buy it on their own if they are that afraid.

The truth is they are not that afraid. They just want to shoot something.


14 posted on 04/30/2014 4:57:02 PM PDT by old curmudgeon
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To: BBell

A jerk thing to say.

So what if the guy has nothing and is what you call a hippie.

The fact that he has very little makes his dog even more important to him.


15 posted on 04/30/2014 4:58:49 PM PDT by old curmudgeon
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To: nickcarraway

Cops are the ENEMY of the American people.


16 posted on 04/30/2014 4:59:48 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: nickcarraway

When was the last time anyone heard of a mailman, meter reader, or a jahovah wittness for that matter get attacked by a dog?


17 posted on 04/30/2014 5:06:23 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: Doomonyou

Right to the point Bump.

And I love your screenname too :)

Lord, may the young man find another pup to love soon, and may the policeman meet with justice.

Tatt


18 posted on 04/30/2014 5:11:42 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: BBell
BTW, hippies are not too popular in the South.

Especially YANKEE hippies.

19 posted on 04/30/2014 5:12:43 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Joe 6-pack

ping


20 posted on 04/30/2014 5:15:00 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: samtheman; All
target practice for 0'Muslim's CCC..dogs/cats/
caged parakeets..then move to human targets.

21 posted on 04/30/2014 5:16:41 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? ;-)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

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22 posted on 04/30/2014 5:17:14 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: BBell

Yea, they disappear here pretty quickly. Not like in California where they have pan-handling franchises and work that block day in and day out for months at a time.

I never see “Will work for food” people or “Disabled vet needs help” people twice.


23 posted on 04/30/2014 5:25:46 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: samtheman

It’s probably lawsuit related as near as I can figure out.


24 posted on 04/30/2014 5:27:48 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: Mastador1

More shallow graves.


25 posted on 04/30/2014 5:31:39 PM PDT by Will we know the moment (e are no longer a republi)
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To: samtheman
What is it with cops and their need to shoot dogs?

I think they would rather shoot people, and they do, but sometimes it is a little hard to justify killing people, so they kill dogs instead.

26 posted on 04/30/2014 5:34:10 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: old curmudgeon; All
"shoot something"
*face palm!*
How about a target/shooting range! and NOT in the public streets.

oppss! that would only be logical and show public safety consciousness
(many JBTs LEOs aren't, they're just trigger-happy psychopaths)

27 posted on 04/30/2014 5:35:35 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? ;-)
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To: nickcarraway

I work for an energy utility, and every other year the state police would bring in a trooper and dog to demonstrate recognizing aggressive behavior in dogs we may encounter in the field, and some actions to take.
Maybe PD’s should get this type of demonstration and training.


28 posted on 04/30/2014 5:42:01 PM PDT by jughandle ( "We have the right to debate and disagree with any administration!" -HRC)
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To: jughandle

What did they suggest?


29 posted on 04/30/2014 5:44:58 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Mark17

Shooting dogs is a good way to work through your anger at not being able to shoot people, in a given situation. I wonder if they teach this at the academies.


30 posted on 04/30/2014 5:55:22 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: shibumi

Tell me I ain’t got balls ping


31 posted on 04/30/2014 6:14:30 PM PDT by Salamander (Minstrel In The Gallery)
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To: Usagi_yo

How do they “disappear “?

Murder ?

Keeping undesirable people away by immoral or illegal acts is something to be condemned and prosecuted. Especially if the undesirable people biggest offense is “they ain’t regular folks”.


32 posted on 04/30/2014 6:19:49 PM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: nickcarraway

Just the basic stuff...the ears up or back, tail up or tucked, don’t run, avoid eye contact, etc..
Still made for an interesting meeting, a couple of us get to put on the padding and get attacked!


33 posted on 04/30/2014 6:21:00 PM PDT by jughandle ( "We have the right to debate and disagree with any administration!" -HRC)
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To: nickcarraway

Once again, a scumbag, psychopathic cop shoots a dog for no reason. Its beginning to seem the cops are as much problem as solution.


34 posted on 04/30/2014 6:22:21 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: samtheman
Shooting dogs is a good way to work through your anger at not being able to shoot people, in a given situation. I wonder if they teach this at the academies.

Good question. I don't know, but I think the opinion of many cops, has gone so low, that I know a Freeper, whose son is a cop. He says they hardly speak to each other any more.

35 posted on 04/30/2014 6:33:58 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: nickcarraway

This is an excellent example of how not to try to communicate via the written word.


36 posted on 04/30/2014 7:06:47 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: old curmudgeon

Dude, your out of your element.


37 posted on 04/30/2014 7:27:38 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: BBell; old curmudgeon
Dude, your out of your element.

Perhaps so, but if he is, I'm right there with him.

I think the cop was a jerk, and so are you.

Oh, and by the way, it's you're, a contraction of you are. "Your" is the second person possessive case pronoun.

38 posted on 04/30/2014 7:59:28 PM PDT by rmh47 (Go Kats! - Got eight? NRA Life Member])
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To: old curmudgeon; BBell
"jerk thing to say.

So what if the guy has nothing and is what you call a hippie.

The fact that he has very little makes his dog even more important to him."

________________________________________________________________

Well said.

39 posted on 04/30/2014 8:57:08 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: sportutegrl
Especially YANKEE hippies.

Actually Maine and Louisiana have some connections. The original Cajuns resettled from the Arcadia region of Maine and there is a slight similarity in the accents. There are still a lot of French people up there too (like his traveling buddy's name implies) and of course there's my favorite explanation from my Mainer cousin: look at crawfish, they're basically little lobsters!

40 posted on 04/30/2014 9:16:50 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: hoosierham

Nah, not saying the get murdered. I’m saying they are giving a ride out of the county.


41 posted on 04/30/2014 10:09:05 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: nickcarraway

there is something satan and his demons hate about dogs.

this cop needs to be part of a bridge abutment somewhere.


42 posted on 04/30/2014 10:51:53 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: BBell

That is comical.

A guy totally out of his element telling someone else they are out of their element.

With a complete lack of command of the English language.

Lack of command of the English language I can take. Some of the best people I have known had limited opportunities to get an education.

But lack of sympathy for a guy who has nothing but his dog, who made every effort to keep his dog under control and who was powerless to stop a bully from killing his dog.....

Lack of an education is one thing. Lack of a soul is something else.


43 posted on 05/01/2014 5:42:10 AM PDT by old curmudgeon
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To: RightOnTheBorder

The People have a duty to strongly reign in these positions of power,

because, as you said,

positions of power inherently attract people who LIKE to have power over others. IE, liberals, leftists, and statists.


44 posted on 05/01/2014 5:45:03 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: nickcarraway
When the police decided to arrest the man, they created a potential bill for their department - the dog would have to have been kenneled and at police expense.

Kennel costs might cut into money for departmental slush funds.

Also, the LEO’s got their Dog Killer badges.

Most importantly, a LEO with Storm-trooper delusions got to kill something. These jackbooted wannabe Ubermenschen must be dealt with soon and through the courts before America comes to a boil.

A handful of uniformed clowns in uniform will have no more luck “subduing” Americans than did the Red Coats of another tyrant.

One can only hope the Governor of Louisiana decides to force this issue by cleaning out a department as an example. Once the public loses faith in their LEO’s and sees them as dangerous and tyrannical, then America will spiral downward into a place we need not go.

45 posted on 05/01/2014 6:34:27 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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