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Recording captures Texas cop shooting and killing man's dog after showing up at the wrong house
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Posted on 04/18/2012 8:41:58 PM PDT by Arthurio

Chilling video has surfaced of the moment a Texas cop responding to an emergency call at the wrong address shot and killed a man's beloved dog.

The officer’s police cruiser dashboard camera captured the event, which happens out of view.

WATCH POLICE DASH CAM VIDEO BELOW

Austin cop Thomas Griffin is heard shouting "Get your dog!" barely a second before firing a single fatal shot at Michael Paxton's Blue Heeler, Cisco, on Saturday afternoon.

"What are you doing? What did you shoot my dog for," Paxton is heared yelling hysterically. "I live here!"

"Oh my God, I can't believe you just killed my dog," he says. "I need to get him to the vet. What are you doing here?"

Griffin explains to Paxton he's been called about a disturbance. However, as it turned out, he was at the wrong house.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/austin-police-chief-calls-radio-show-apologizes-man-dog-shot-responding-wrong-house-article-1.1063552#ixzz1sSDQqyYC

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1 posted on 04/18/2012 8:42:03 PM PDT by Arthurio
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To: Arthurio

These days about 40% of LEO’s have done one or more cycles of steroids.

I think if a LEO tests positive, he should automatically lose his badge.

With pro baseball players (whose job almost never involves life or death decisions) currently if they lie about such things they empanel grand juries, and it’s national news and the kleig light parade.

Why not with folks carrying guns and shotguns?


2 posted on 04/18/2012 8:47:38 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Arthurio

The frequency of these events are disturbing.


3 posted on 04/18/2012 8:47:38 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Arthurio

That is one ugly dog...


4 posted on 04/18/2012 8:49:53 PM PDT by BobL
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To: gaijin
These days about 40% of LEO’s have done one or more cycles of steroids.

And you of course have facts to back your statement up...........

5 posted on 04/18/2012 8:50:19 PM PDT by Osage Orange (The MSM is the most dangerous entity in the United States of America.)
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To: Arthurio

Cops should either have to post some kind of dog-shoot bond 2b forfeited if it happens egregiously, or alternately the victim should have the right to shoot the dog of the officer.

In front of him.

This has been out of control for over 10 years, why? Cuz currently the city (the citizens) pay for it.

Let’s say my speeding tickets were automatically paid by the CITY —how many cops think I’d soon learn to SLOW DOWN..?


6 posted on 04/18/2012 8:51:41 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Arthurio
Yet ANOTHER pussy with a gun.
7 posted on 04/18/2012 8:58:15 PM PDT by starlifter (Pullum sapit)
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To: BobL
That is one ugly dog...

That was one ugly post.

Hope they paid you enough for what it cost your soul.

8 posted on 04/18/2012 8:58:43 PM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: Arthurio
Yet ANOTHER pussy with a gun.
9 posted on 04/18/2012 9:00:38 PM PDT by starlifter (Pullum sapit)
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To: Arthurio
An open letter to the men and women in blue:
We support you. But...

STOP SHOOTING OUR DOGS

10 posted on 04/18/2012 9:02:50 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Arthurio

Looks like he might have been an Australian cattle dog.
http://www.madmaxmovies.com/mad-max/cast-and-crew/mel-gibson/max-and-dog-huddle-on-the-lookout.jpg

Another maniac cop.
I’ve put locks on my gates after the lawn care guy left one open and my bulldog got out.
I don’t want to shoot a cop.


11 posted on 04/18/2012 9:03:37 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: Arthurio
Honest LEO’s who are Freepers need to comment on the truth that common current police doctrine is to shoot any dog that is slightly aggressive to appropriately terrorize the civilians. This seems plausible and police are certainly a lot more aggressive in general than during the leftist riot time of the 60’s.
12 posted on 04/18/2012 9:04:36 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: Arthurio
There's a reason why he was there. A mistake. The LEO made a mistake and it cost the dog his life. Why did he draw on the man (as admitted in the recording) in the first place? I train dogs with a K9 officer and understand the circumstances they have to deal with but this is inexcusable. The worst part is the lies from the LEO on tape. I hope this guy sues the department and the officer finds a new job where his poor judgment will not result in the loss of more life.
13 posted on 04/18/2012 9:12:08 PM PDT by mfreddy
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To: Arthurio
IF it walks like a police state?

Talks like a police state.

Shoots like a police state.

It's for the good of all. /xs

14 posted on 04/18/2012 9:15:09 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: BobL
That is one ugly dog...

What a freakishly mean, uncalled-for comment! That was not an "ugly" dog. His sweet, intelligent eyes were clear in both pictures. He was plainly a good boy. What?! you don't like the coloring of his fur? Man, I really hope that you are under 30-years-old. At least that would explain a thing or two.

So many people in this world make me not surprised at all that "Obama" is president of the United States.

15 posted on 04/18/2012 9:16:25 PM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: Arthurio

For police like this, I would not mind seeing the homeowner firing back at the officer for illegally shooting his dog. Seriously. If the cop os stupid enough to get the wrong house and shoot the dog at the wrong house he is stupid enough to shoot a person at the wrong house. Self-freaking defense against a dumb-ass rogue cop.


16 posted on 04/18/2012 9:20:24 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Arthurio

It looked as though the officer had drawn his gun right before he left the frame.

What I don’t understand is, if they are afraid of a dog running at them, why don’t they use their pepper spray? I’ve had to use it on charging dogs, and it stops them in their tracks.


17 posted on 04/18/2012 9:21:48 PM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: Arthurio

There will come at time when a cop goes to the wrong address, or there is a setup where a dog is used as bait. The cop will shoot the dog as standard operating procedure and then will be gunned down after shooting the dog — for no other reason than to send a message to LEOs that they could die for killing dogs as SOP. This will happen and LEOs will be aghast that the scum-sucking civilian slime have had enough of their terrorist tactics to strike back. Then the cop vs. civilians war will loom large.


18 posted on 04/18/2012 9:26:05 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: MasterGunner01

that’s ridiculous. No one is advocating violence or revenge on LEOs. They put their lives on the line every day, and just like rednecks or people with “hoodies” one should not be classified by category. That is the definition of discrimination.

This was wrong, and the officer should lose his job. Game over. Don’t generalize and classify cops due to the actions of one officer. Policies should be changed and the victim should be compensated for his loss. Tragic but hardly systemic.

LEOs are a good breed. They do a job most of us can’t do, and get paid less for it. Don’t convict the institution, just the perp.


19 posted on 04/18/2012 9:34:00 PM PDT by mfreddy
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To: Osage Orange
Illegal Steroid Use among Police Officers a Big Problem
20 posted on 04/18/2012 9:34:24 PM PDT by AnTiw1
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To: Arthurio

While this is a tragedy, what would y’all have the cop do? Let the dog take a piece out of his leg? I have no experience with Blue Healers, but Red Healers are about the same size and configuration, and I do have experience with one of those. She routinely took on the “other dog” who is quite a bit larger than her, and no wimp herself, having been described as the “Most well muscled bitch he’d ever seen” by a vet where I took her after she’d been hit by a car. But that healer could be a nasty bitch (and so could the other one if she felt threatened)


21 posted on 04/18/2012 9:35:24 PM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: Arthurio

Shoot dogs first, ask questions later seems to the LEO standard method of operation anymore. Political correctness and socialist mandates are destroying common sense and the rule of law in the United States. Local law enforcement is being deliberately mandated by their superiors to do this stupid crap, solely for the purpose to be discredited by the feds, and to have fed forces take their places. Unfortunately, LEO’s are stuck in the middle of this, with the stupid ones falling for it hook, line, and sinker.


22 posted on 04/18/2012 9:39:21 PM PDT by factoryrat (e are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: mfreddy

I have known a number of good cops in my life. Some have been friends. But when day after day we see the very same things repeated...the no knocks at the wrong addresses, the shot dogs, the caught cold threats; it is not logical to think that this will be allowed to continue without people fighting back.

The fish rots from the head. You can bet that for every bad cop, there’s a lib heading the dept or in a position of authority around him, covering for or ‘encouraging’ his behavior.


23 posted on 04/18/2012 9:45:24 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: BobL
That is one ugly dog...

How about posting a pic of yourself?

24 posted on 04/18/2012 9:45:38 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: AnTiw1
Most folks...including me would want more defined proof.

Or factual info....

Some blog saying....it's a problem isn't really proof.

And I think you know that.........

25 posted on 04/18/2012 9:47:15 PM PDT by Osage Orange (The MSM is the most dangerous entity in the United States of America.)
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To: Arthurio

The dog attacked him, what do want the officer to do? Lay down and wait for the mauling? This is what happens in the jungle, welcome to reality.


26 posted on 04/18/2012 9:48:16 PM PDT by sanescold (Time for the Hut cleaning!)
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To: mfreddy
“LEOs are a good breed”

Too true. Far, far, far too many behave like animals.

27 posted on 04/18/2012 9:49:25 PM PDT by starlifter (Pullum sapit)
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To: Osage Orange
What say we just test all of them, and let the results speak for themselves.

/johnny

28 posted on 04/18/2012 9:51:22 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: El Gato
While this is a tragedy, what would y’all have the cop do? Let the dog take a piece out of his leg?

And the problem with pepper spray for a truly savage dog is?

29 posted on 04/18/2012 9:59:14 PM PDT by Wingy (Don't blame me. I voted for the chick. I hope to do so again.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Considering I get tested for lot's of things...when I apply for a job. I'd be good with that.....

Fact is...I'd be good with all gobment employee's being tested every year for drugs.

They work for us.

30 posted on 04/18/2012 9:59:45 PM PDT by Osage Orange (The MSM is the most dangerous entity in the United States of America.)
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To: BobL; All

push away from the keyboard, log out and go away.

He was a Blue Healer, very intelligent breed - evidently something you have no knowledge of - not the only area lacking.

http://www.dogster.com/dog-breeds/Blue_Heeler


31 posted on 04/18/2012 10:00:51 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("If you bought it - a truck brought it" - and because of the price of gas/it costs more.)
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To: El Gato

Do we not have a right to have the expectaion of having a dog to protect us in our home?

The cop evidently came in with gun drawn, on the attack, as far as the dog could tell.

It used to be that you had to have REAL evidence of danger before you could clear the holster -

I have small but very protective dog. I’m an old lady alone. I would not take it lying down if a cop pushed his way into my house, gun pointed at me, in an invasive and threatening mannar and then killed my dog for looking like he might defend me.

There would be hell to pay - and the cop and his dept would pay it. No appologies accepted. If an officer is that inept - wrong place - that aggressive (gun drawn without evidence of need) and shoots a dog that fast - he has no business behind a badge.

(My husband and his family were Leo’s, so keep your adverse opinions...)

WE have a right to have weapons of defense inside our homes - and a dog is one.


32 posted on 04/18/2012 10:16:29 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("If you bought it - a truck brought it" - and because of the price of gas/it costs more.)
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To: mfreddy
There are more and more people who see LEOs as threats rather than saviors. It depends on where you live, but many LEOs have developed an “us vs. them” mindset largely due to: (1) the kinds of people they deal with on a daily basis and the things they witness, (2) Feds look upon other state and local law enforcement as lower forms of animal life that are just slightly above your average citizen, (3) due to the war on drugs and war on terror, the citizenry are looked upon with more suspicion than ever before, (4) the increased militarization of law enforcement with heavy weapons, body armor, automatic weapons, etc.

These are the questions I have for all my LEO friends and other LEOs:

1. If the usurper in the White House orders you to turn your weapons on the American people — your friends and neighbors — will YOU do it or will you be a good drone and follow orders?
2. Will you, seeking to preserve your power, position, union benefits, pension, etc. willfully murder your fellow citizens and herd them into “re-education” camps? If you can't say “hell, no!”, then you are part of the problem.

33 posted on 04/18/2012 10:19:53 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: Wingy
And the problem with pepper spray for a truly savage dog is?

Slower to deploy. Good for raids when you know you're going to a place that might have dogs, and thus you can have it out, maybe even have a dedicated officer to take care of the dogs.

Not so good when you're responding to a domestic battery report. Domestic violence calls are the most dangerous calls a cop has to handle. More cops injured on them than any other sort. But, also by their nature, you generally don't want to go up with gun drawn, nor OC spray either.

34 posted on 04/18/2012 10:21:40 PM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: mfreddy
They do a job most of us can’t do, and get paid less for it.

What a load.

35 posted on 04/18/2012 10:22:57 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Secret Agent Man

It was not the cops fault he was at the wrong house. The dispatcher made that mistake. You can hear on the original 911 recording the lady reporting the domestic violence give 26xx, but the dispatcher sent the cops to 36xx.


36 posted on 04/18/2012 10:26:47 PM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: El Gato

“While this is a tragedy, what would y’all have the cop do? Let the dog take a piece out of his leg? “

YES! It’s a domestic DOG, not a mountain lion or a bear.

As my job demanded, I went to several peoples homes every day. Many had dogs. While the owner knew, the dogs never knew I was coming over. Stranger in a uniform is all they saw. I didn’t carry a gun, and never needed one. I was only bit a couple times by ankle biters. My wife was a meter reader for 30 years and went to as many as 100 locations a day. Many had dogs. She didn’t have a gun either. She had pepper spray and I think she only used it once (the dog didn’t die), and she was never bitten.

These cops are GUN HAPPY! It is almost NEVER necessary to shoot a dog, or a permit holders at Costco.


37 posted on 04/18/2012 10:29:29 PM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Osage Orange
Really? AOLNews doesn't pass your muster? How about ABCNews? Or the hundred other articles on this problem I found in ten seconds with a simple google search? Police Juice Up On Steroids to Get Edge On Criminals
38 posted on 04/18/2012 10:32:22 PM PDT by AnTiw1
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To: starlifter

Don’t blame this on cats.


39 posted on 04/18/2012 10:35:18 PM PDT by packrat35 (When will we admit we are now almost a police state?)
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To: tumblindice

Had a dog like that myself. This $hit has got to stop or one day someone is going to blow cops away when they shoot their dog.


40 posted on 04/18/2012 10:37:36 PM PDT by packrat35 (When will we admit we are now almost a police state?)
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To: MasterGunner01

The war began years ago and they routinely kill civilians (as they call us) during no-knock raids at the wrong address just like this one. They kill our children, wives, dogs, and even cats.

And they almost always get away with it.


41 posted on 04/18/2012 10:41:01 PM PDT by packrat35 (When will we admit we are now almost a police state?)
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To: El Gato

He drew on an innocent person as well. Others said the police car’s equipment caught the LEO lying about the events.

Drawing on the wrong person is unlawful use of a weapon, LEO or not. That lands you in jail. The guy would have been within his rights to fire back in self defense. Mistake or deliberate.


42 posted on 04/18/2012 10:43:12 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: mfreddy

Get real dude. I read about a dog shooting at least 3 times a week here on FR. Its an epidemic. Its standard procedure and they never get in trouble for it.

Then there are the no-knock raids where they kill unarmed people at the wrong address and not doing anything wrong. And that happens a couple times a month.

I no longer trust cops and want nothing to do with any of them.


43 posted on 04/18/2012 10:44:09 PM PDT by packrat35 (When will we admit we are now almost a police state?)
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To: packrat35
...and even cats.

Couple seek policy change after police officer shoots pet cat

44 posted on 04/18/2012 10:48:25 PM PDT by South40 (Mitt is full of Shtt)
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To: Arthurio

I am beginning to think we have some real psychos working as police officers. This has got to stop.


45 posted on 04/18/2012 11:00:16 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: BobL

Mixing native Dingoes with Collies and other herding dogs, Australian George Elliott developed the Blue Heeler in 1840. Australian cattlemen and ranchers loved the breed’s toughness and work ethic, and the dogs quickly became popular as cattle herders. Hey Texan, check this out: http://youtu.be/T7fzQehxz_Q And, of course, it’s a Blue Heeler!


46 posted on 04/18/2012 11:02:46 PM PDT by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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To: sanescold

Did you bother to read ANYTHING about this shooting? Did you listen to the recording?


47 posted on 04/18/2012 11:32:12 PM PDT by beelzepug ("Blind obedience to arbitrary rules is a sign of mental illness")
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To: El Gato

The breed is a “heeler”, not a “healer”. I’ve never seen one that was an M.D.


48 posted on 04/18/2012 11:37:11 PM PDT by beelzepug ("Blind obedience to arbitrary rules is a sign of mental illness")
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To: kiryandil

Seattle cops start at $64K. What a load, indeed.


49 posted on 04/18/2012 11:40:21 PM PDT by beelzepug ("Blind obedience to arbitrary rules is a sign of mental illness")
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I wonder what would happen if a cop shot a dog not knowing it belonged to another cop.


50 posted on 04/18/2012 11:55:56 PM PDT by isom35
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