Skip to comments.Don't You Dare Criticize Officers For Shooting Dogs, Whines SLC Top Cop (2 VIDEOS)
Posted on 06/29/2014 1:47:33 PM PDT by PoloSec
Perhaps feeling a bit besieged after dog owner Sean Kendall posted a video of his impassioned confrontation with Salt Lake City police after one of their fellow officers entered his yard and shot his dog, Geist, Police Chief Chris Burbank stepped in front of a cameraand acted pissy that anybody would dare criticize his officers.
"Evidence shows that the dog was extremely close, in fact within feet of the officer," he insisted, immediately after stating that he wouldn't insert himself into the review of the case.
Well, OK. Let's give him that one. After all, Officer Brett Olsen, the shooter in the incident, had barged into the dog's yard at the time, while searching for a missing child in the neighborhood. He hadn't sought permission, and he apparently made no effort to back out. But he was there.
Then Burbank went on to refer to Olsen as a "seasoned officer" and a "hero" of the Trolley Square mall shooting before getting pissy about the public's angry response to the shooting of Geist. He read infuriated letters suggesting that Olsen deserved the same as he'd inflicted on Geist, and then went on to berate the public at large.
"It is extremely disappointing. This police department has worked tirelessly to ensure that the process that exists within our city for people to protest, for people to bring forth issues, for people to address problems and concerns with the police department, that avenues exist that we can move together and resolve problems...
Individuals will be held accountable for their actions as they always are. Not held accountable to this ridiculousness."
He went on to demand, well, that people his officers' authoritah.
"I ask only one thing, and that is that this community continues to approach interactions with the police department in a respectful manner."
Maybe this world just isn't good enough for you and your officers, Chief Burbank.
Justice for Geist rallyJustice for GeistThe chief's resentment at public criticism didn't seem to to take with those outraged by Geist's shooting. Yesterday, organized by Justice for Geist, somewhere between hundreds and thousands of protesters rallied outside the Salt Lake City Police Department to demand that Olsen be fired.
The Salt Lake City council also, rather gently, urged the police department to work with the Humane Society and consider less-lethal means of dealing with family pets. Even implied criticism of that sort toward the state's enforcers is rare from politicians.
Burbank did get one thing right when he marveled, "after 23 years in law enforcement, I haven't seen this sort of public outcry when certain human beings have lost their lives."
Militarized, aggressive and abusive policing is not a new thing, and innocent humans are often the victims, not dogs. But maybe animals that can't speak for themselves more easily evoke sympathy than men, women, and children.
Has a single officer in this country been killed by a dog in the last 50 years?
Not a single one. More have been killed by bees.
So should I have the right to protect myself from a police attack dog? Just asking?
The man apparently has forgotten who he originally was to protect & serve and instead acts as though he's part of a ruling elite.
LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL
The police are out of control. They can kill with impunity. We need to disband law enforcement as we know it today. They no longer work for us.
phone number to the salt lake city police dept
just call and bark
“Has a single officer in this country been killed by a dog in the last 50 years?”
If cops keep shooting these dangerous dogs, no cop will ever die by a dog.
All dog bite fatalities have been against unarmed humans.
Extremely unprofessional of the chief. He should be canned, along with that murderous dog-killer cop.
What dangerous dogs?
The ones contained within the owners property as is the case here??
He should be fired.
I wonder if government official Police Chief Chris Burbank understands this dog, on it's own property, in it's own yard did exactly what any other dog would do when someone enters unannounced.
Government official Police Chief Chris Burbank should be fired for his comments alone.
What an inane assertion.
All I know that if some jerk with a badge comes in my yard or my house and shoots my dog we gonna have a problem. The dog was protecting his/her territory. It’s what a dog does. We have a black lab, she will bark at you if she don’t know you.
After your police department decides their JOB is to approach interactions with the community in RESPECTFUL MANNER, Chief.
My somewhat senile father has a habit of calling the cops if she doesn’t hear from me in 2 or 3 days. Nothing like seeing a bunch of blue coming up the front porch without any idea of what is going on. I scream at them: I own a dog! I have a dog! My dog is sleeping on the couch! Maybe it’s my big mouth but it makes them very defensive and somewhat embarrassed. They’ve never hurt my pooch yet.
What the hell has that to do with agents of the government entering private yards unannounced, opening up with firearms and shooting pets to death in neighborhoods full of kids and innocents?
90% of the police make the others look bad. Coppers are out of control and act often as if on steroids. This “chief” should be fired. His whining is tiresome.
Why are police dogs given “officer” status....when private dogs are not given .....any status?
Better still, drop Burbank an e-mail
Some doggies are more equal than others?
burbank is just another useless libtard who won’t enforce immigration laws.
the same clown who kept a perv officer on paid administrative leave (aka paid vacation) for seven months so he could qualify for a pension.
Thanks for the email address...
The police state, with arrogant cops doing whatever they please, with little or no regard for the law and rights of citizens, is too over the top for people to tolerate anymore. In this case the cop could have knocked on the door, and asked for permission to check the backyard for the little boy, but he chose to rush in like a hero. He was lucky the neighbor didn’t have several rottweilers back there.
The fact that people are upset about dogs being fair game for trigger happy cops doesn’t in anyway imply that people don’t care about innocent humans being killed by cops. We are sick of all of it. This idiot Police Chief needs to take heed.
Give Burbank some more “input,” so he can get “pissy” again! BTW, go the the SLC PD Chief’s page and take a good look at this cretin. WWF Material I say. Hook him up with Jesse Ventura.
BTW, FYI, only the Sheriff of Salt Lake County in all if Utah has refused to support the Second Amendment. The other 27 do and have formally pledged to do so.
Thanks, I’m composing a nice letter now...
Like the homeowner said, the American people have had more than belly full of these government tactics, which you’d expect in a war zone.
Another link to what this man went through as he arrived home from work..
All should watch this in it’s entirety.
Dogs act aggressively toward a threat, always will.
They instinctively act aggressively towards cops because they sense a threat to the pack.
And they smell fear.
Cops kill dogs because they won’t cower in fear.
Dogs are excellent judges of character...
I should note for the record, Ms. Lisa Pascadlo, the Chiefs Executive Officer, apparently had nothing to do with this specific incident or his comments.
Does she eat gubment cheese for a living....?
I gave the jerk a piece of my mind
Whudya think Nully.....is this JBT a candidate for his picture being included on the wolfie-ette’s bedroom ceiling collection? I know it is probably getting crowded up there but wolfie-ette is always ready to make room for another one to give a ‘hand’ to!
Dog lovers need to parade peacefully around the police station day and night, carrying pictures of the dog.
Say nothing. Carry no arms. If a marcher would occasionally “bark”, that would make it more interesting.
10% is being quite generous as I believe there's not 10 officers in the USA with an ounce of integrity or respect for the Rule of Law...and it's restraints.
That's why we must focus our efforts on discovering who they are and where they live.
Any fear we citizens feel, they and their families must feel 10X
But he was within feet of him.
FEET, I tell you!
It’s a miracle he survived.
He ain’t quite right.
A dog is your first line of defense against those who would do you harm.
The cops do.
It has to do with a concerted effort to by the cops to desensitize us to their intrusions with deadly force.
Are we getting the message? Police have abandoned Protect and Serve, poop on community goodwill and support, they have SWAT and all the Mil stuff they dreamed about.
I understand all that.
I was specifically referring to the comment in #13.
Yeah, I made note of that in the YT comment I left,
plus some language I won’t repeat here.