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Six-year-old girl watches in horror as police 'shoot dead her dog Apollo in her front yard
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | July 28, 2014 | Lydia Warren

Posted on 07/28/2014 11:08:42 AM PDT by Ken H

A six-year-old girl watched in horror as police gunned down her one-year-old dog as it stood in their front yard, her family has said.

The girl's mother, Nicole Echlin, said their shepherd-mix Apollo, whom they have had since he was a puppy, got out of their yard in Hometown near Chicago, Illinois on Friday afternoon.

After they chased him around the neighborhood, he returned to the yard and was standing on the lawn when police arrived and pulled out their guns, Echlin told the Chicago Tribune.

'He started showing his teeth - that's when the officer shot him,' Echlin, 27, said. 'I didn't know that was going to happen.'


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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
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1 posted on 07/28/2014 11:08:42 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: Ken H

Mixed with what? Looks sort of pit bullish to me.

Still, if the dog isn’t advancing, the police should have asked the family to restrain the dog instead of summary execution.


2 posted on 07/28/2014 11:11:30 AM PDT by DannyTN (I)
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To: Ken H

Don’t help cops.

Mean, tattoos, listen to rap, hate citizens.


3 posted on 07/28/2014 11:11:58 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: Ken H

Just preparing us to accept the fate that’s coming to us, like good submissive sheep.


4 posted on 07/28/2014 11:13:06 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: Ken H

When are these pigs going to be reined in?


5 posted on 07/28/2014 11:15:36 AM PDT by ZULU (Go REDSKINS!!! Impeach Obama in 2015 !!!)
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To: DannyTN

Doosh dog-killers again.

I accidentally hit the alarm button on my home security system a few years ago. Got a call from the local police dispatcher that there were a couple of cops at my front gate wanting to talk to me to see if everything was OK.

First thing I did was call my neighbor to come to the fence and take my dog into her house.

THEN, I went to the gate to assure the officers all was well and it was a false alarm.


6 posted on 07/28/2014 11:16:15 AM PDT by x1stcav (Leftism is like rust. It corrodes twenty-four hous a day.)
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7 posted on 07/28/2014 11:16:21 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Ken H

Umm, If I had A Dog like that coming at me with teeth showing I am not sure if I would or would not incapacitate Him/Her...I just don’t know.


8 posted on 07/28/2014 11:17:51 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: DJ MacWoW

The cop has top personally pays for another dog from the pound for the family


9 posted on 07/28/2014 11:19:17 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Ken H

10 posted on 07/28/2014 11:22:54 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Ken H

Where shepherd? I see no shepherd. Fur color maybe. Looks like a Pit to me.


11 posted on 07/28/2014 11:26:05 AM PDT by Revel
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To: US Navy Vet
Umm, If I had A Dog like that coming at me with teeth showing I am not sure if I would or would not incapacitate Him/Her...I just don’t know.

The excerpt says nothing about the dog 'coming at him'. The article quotes the girl's mother as saying the dog was not moving when shot.

So where are you getting that?

12 posted on 07/28/2014 11:27:05 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: BigEdLB

When your kid gets shot I will replace him with one from Guatemala. That is what you just said.


13 posted on 07/28/2014 11:27:56 AM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: DannyTN
Still, if the dog isn’t advancing, the police should have asked the family to restrain the dog instead of summary execution.

That would violate the rights of Police Officers to kill whom they choose for any or no reasons.

14 posted on 07/28/2014 11:28:05 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: Ken H

The kid’s lucky they didn’t shoot her for “making a threatening gesture.”


15 posted on 07/28/2014 11:28:11 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: ZULU

zulu,

it’s only a dog. The little girl is going to see much worse than that in her long life.


16 posted on 07/28/2014 11:28:54 AM PDT by BarbM (Portuguese Dog Kenyan president)
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To: Ken H

This is too much of the changing LEO ethos of “serve and protect...yourself first.” And I blame the presence of females and affirmative action hires on the beat for a large portion of it. Unwilling to place themselves in any danger, if at all possible. Call in a SWAT with body armor, automatic weapons, and armored vehicles. Today, any aggressive move by a dog in the presence of a LEO is likely to earn the pooch a bullet.


17 posted on 07/28/2014 11:30:07 AM PDT by twister881
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To: SpeakerToAnimals

the replacements are already here. Don’t give Obama any ideas.


18 posted on 07/28/2014 11:31:06 AM PDT by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: ZULU

They will not be reined in. This will escalate until a point is reached that when police come to a door they will always be met by gunfire and police will go nowhere without armor and machine guns. Warrants for arrest will be effectively warrants for execution on sight.


19 posted on 07/28/2014 11:31:13 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: DannyTN

Defying authority = death sentence.

I think that’s the mentality.


20 posted on 07/28/2014 11:31:17 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: SpeakerToAnimals

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21 posted on 07/28/2014 11:32:24 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: null and void; All
JBT Ping!

22 posted on 07/28/2014 11:34:08 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Mullah / "Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: Ken H

I saw that Stossel special on police powers last night. What an eye-opener. Scary.


23 posted on 07/28/2014 11:35:10 AM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: Ken H
in some areas, call a cops, kill a person/dog

24 posted on 07/28/2014 11:36:35 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Mullah / "Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: Revel

It definitely looks like a Pit nowadays when any dog with boxer characteristics- even if only the short floppy ears- or short hair or any version of a pug muzzle is a PIT BULL! The term “pit bull” essentially has no meaning now beyond canine-bigger-than-15 pounds. That, at least, seems to be the Press definition of the term.


25 posted on 07/28/2014 11:36:39 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: Ken H

OBVIOUSLY it is the girl’s fault for owning a dog in the first place, and thus putting the police in the position where they had to defend themselves. She should have known better.

/do I need it?


26 posted on 07/28/2014 11:37:47 AM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (It's time to Repeal and Replace the Republican Party)
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To: US Navy Vet
Umm, If I had A Dog like that coming at me with teeth showing I am not sure if I would or would not incapacitate Him/Her...I just don’t know.

There is nothing in the article to indicate the dog was approaching the cops. Indeed, it appears the dog was in his own yard when shot. If the cops felt threatened, the should have left the yard, not shot the dog.

27 posted on 07/28/2014 11:39:36 AM PDT by CA Conservative (Texan by birth, Californian by circumstance)
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To: Ken H

Maybe I missed it in the article, but what were the cops doing there in the first place? I mean, other than to shoot the dog. Who called them?


28 posted on 07/28/2014 11:42:51 AM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: BarbM

You need help.

Its not “only” a dog. Its a family member. Its an inappropriate target for a misanthropic menace who shouldn’t be trusted with a gun and a badge.

Its a symptom of a constabulary which views itself as a paramilitary army of occupation instead of tax-payer paid civil servants who should be peace officers instead of paid assassins.


29 posted on 07/28/2014 11:48:04 AM PDT by ZULU (Go REDSKINS!!! Impeach Obama in 2015 !!!)
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To: headstamp 2

It is scary. VERY scary.

With respect to military force, I have far more confidence in the National Guard - an organization of citizen-soldiers who are not a pack entitled union thugs with badges and guns.

Of such material as these criminals in blue will come the Brown-Shirts of the Statists.


30 posted on 07/28/2014 11:50:12 AM PDT by ZULU (Go REDSKINS!!! Impeach Obama in 2015 !!!)
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To: Ken H

oink

BANG!

oink


31 posted on 07/28/2014 11:50:14 AM PDT by clintonh8r (It's possible to love your country and hate your government. I'm proof of it.)
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To: Revel
Black Mouth Cur
32 posted on 07/28/2014 11:50:25 AM PDT by matthew fuller (https://www.facebook.com/BrianKolfage/posts/714871581908295)
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To: Ken H

She should be glad they didn’t shoot her. It won’t be long before shooting dogs won’t give the thrill it once did and they’ll have to go for bigger game. No, I’m not joking.


33 posted on 07/28/2014 11:52:11 AM PDT by bgill
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To: US Navy Vet

Cops should be prepared to behave appropriately and butchering somebody’s pet is not “appropriate”.

Remember - they are “professionals”. Just ask one, they’ll tell you. Ever hear of pepper spray? How about just LEAVING?


34 posted on 07/28/2014 11:52:26 AM PDT by ZULU (Go REDSKINS!!! Impeach Obama in 2015 !!!)
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To: Revel

SO what,I see a family pet


35 posted on 07/28/2014 11:58:11 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Ken H

Cops would rather use deadly force than a nonlethal alternative like pepper spray on a dog. You can even use an open umbrella to block a dog attack.


36 posted on 07/28/2014 11:58:38 AM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
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To: twister881
This is too much of the changing LEO ethos of “serve and protect...yourself first.” And I blame the presence of females and affirmative action hires on the beat for a large portion of it. Unwilling to place themselves in any danger, if at all possible. Call in a SWAT with body armor, automatic weapons, and armored vehicles. Today, any aggressive move by a dog in the presence of a LEO is likely to earn the pooch a bullet.

I agree. Too many weenies wetting their pants at the sight of a dog.

37 posted on 07/28/2014 11:59:12 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”)
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To: DannyTN

I’m sorry but I’ve been attacked by a dog, if you wait until he’s advancing it’s too late. If he bares his teeth (and/or growls) back up because he feels threatened, if he continues shoot.


38 posted on 07/28/2014 12:00:21 PM PDT by thatjoeguy (Every law passed is one person forcing their morals on someone else.)
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To: Ken H

Cops these day a PUSSIES


39 posted on 07/28/2014 12:01:06 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: thatjoeguy

You poor thing.
How many cops bitten by dogs have died?
Dogs come with the territory and if you choose to be a cop deal with it.


40 posted on 07/28/2014 12:03:30 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: ZULU

DITTOS


41 posted on 07/28/2014 12:05:19 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: arthurus

I’d better keep a close watch on my pugs. They could be mistaken for vicious pit bulls.


42 posted on 07/28/2014 12:10:58 PM PDT by beelzepug (You can't fix a broken washing machine by washing more expensive clothes in it.)
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To: Ken H

Be prepared to handle things on your own. Don’t ever call the cops for anything.


43 posted on 07/28/2014 12:11:16 PM PDT by cork (Gun control = hitting what you aim at)
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Where shepherd? I see no shepherd. Fur color maybe. Looks like a Pit to me.

Gimme a break. There's not a drop of "pit bull" blood in that dog.

Crying pit bull is just carte blanche to shoot dogs.

People need to realize that the distance from shooting "pit bulls" to shooting people is a lot less than they think.

First they shoot aggressive pit bulls, then..
just pit bulls, then..
any breed that acts "aggressive", then..
any breed that looks "aggressive", then..
any breed that might be potentially "aggressive", then..
any breed that happens to be in the vicinity, then..
They start the same slippery slope with people. Except they are already shooting people with very little justification beyond the fact that they can do it.

Remember the "War on Drugs" in the beginning? Only the bad guys were having their rights assaulted, or so you thought. Now you can be pulled over because you have an out of state tag, have your car and possessions, including money, confiscated simply because a man in a uniform decides you have too much cash in your possession. Which he discovered after searching your car, with no justification and without your permission. And your redress? A corrupt court system that is rotten to the core.

We have a monster, out of control, and it needs to be firmly challenged at every level and in every questionable instance. Compromise? That's hitting you 5 times with a billy club instead of the 10 he wanted to do.

44 posted on 07/28/2014 12:12:57 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: thatjoeguy
I haven't heard of any reports yet of a dachshund getting shot by police.

My little guy is all of 17 pounds, but he does like to bark at strangers on the street. Once he knows who's a regular and who is not, he stops barking when he sees you on the street.

I have no doubt that the time will come when even the dachshund falls victim to the "I felt threatened for my safety" excuse by today's police.

-PJ

45 posted on 07/28/2014 12:17:44 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Ken H

Why were the cops called? A neighbor making a “nuisance dog” complaint maybe?

Why did the cops feel compelled to enter the family’s yard once the dog had returned? Why not Animal Control?

Did the cop(s) make some kind of gesture or movement the 1 year old dog felt threatened by?

Why didn’t the cops leave the yard or back away from the dog to see if its demeanor changed?

Was the presence of the cops enough for the dog to feel compelled to “protect” it’s territory and family?

Witness accounts state the dog made no threatening gestures...I’m sure this will be a tad different than the “official” police version of events.

Shooting a dog in front of a child for little reason other than the claim of “baring its teeth” is excessive in my opinion. Regardless of how little knowledge the officers may or not have about dogs.

I really tire of these kinds of stories because they clearly indicate an organization that has crossed the rubicon between rational and irrational. One that wields an immense of power, which is scary in its own right.


46 posted on 07/28/2014 12:22:27 PM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: ZULU; BarbM

I couldn’t agree more with you, Zulu.

There’s a couple of doosh cops in Denver that have been brought up on animal cruelty charges for executing a defenseless dog.

Need more DA’s like that one.

BarbM, you’re wrong, wrong, wrong.


47 posted on 07/28/2014 12:25:05 PM PDT by x1stcav (Leftism is like rust. It corrodes twenty-four hous a day.)
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To: cork

My policy also.

You can no longer rely on them to come down on the side of common sense.

Their default mode is total, instant, compliance.

Screw them.

One of them could be bleeding in the street and I wouldn’t lift a finger to help.


48 posted on 07/28/2014 12:27:36 PM PDT by x1stcav (Leftism is like rust. It corrodes twenty-four hous a day.)
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To: Kartographer

49 posted on 07/28/2014 12:31:02 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Ken H; DannyTN; gaijin; I want the USA back; ZULU; x1stcav; DJ MacWoW; US Navy Vet; BigEdLB; ...
Defying authority = death sentence.
I think that’s the mentality.

That's essentially the ultimate point of my brochure:
Stop, Drop, and Cower
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50 posted on 07/28/2014 12:31:07 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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