Skip to comments.Distraught over dog's shooting by Fort Worth police officers
Posted on 05/28/2012 6:19:43 PM PDT by Dysart
Twenty-four hours after a police officer shot Lily, a 5-year-old Border Collie-English Setter mix, its owners still don't understand why the police officer was on their property and why he used lethal force.
... had just returned from a shopping trip and their two dogs had slipped into their truck, then into the garage, before re-emerging when an officer walked up the driveway...
Asked by the officer to control his two dogs, Mark Boling urged him not to advance, but he did. "My dogs don't bite, They're not going to hurt you," Boling, 52, an electronics technician with a defense contractor, recalled saying. "They're just going to run up to you."
A statement issued by police spokesman Sgt. Pedro Criado said the officer waited by the driveway when two barking dogs charged him in an aggressive manner while he repeatedly asked a male at the house to call the animals back. Then the unnamed officer jumped onto the porch pillar.
"As the dogs were getting closer to attack/bite the officer, the officer fired his service weapon, striking the dog closest to him," the spokesman said.
Boling said he had gained control of one of the dogs by the time the officer raised his gun, "Then I hear my wife yelling, 'Don't shoot my baby, please don't hurt my baby!"
From above the dog, the officer fired once, striking the 5-year-old mixed breed on the back. It dashed to the back yard where it bled to death within three minutes.
"You'd better check on your dog," she quoted the officer as responding.
But the policeman still had the gun raised and pointed toward her husband and surviving dog, she asserted.
"Why are you on my property I didn't call you," Boling recalls asking.
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I’m here to second the sentiment. Police have become thugs undeserving of my respect or care. I also no longer donate to police charities. So sue me.
But I have happened across their pathetic little threads where they whine about how anti-LEO FR is.
Over the years I've observed two things:
1. All of the pitbulls I've met are great dogs with loving dispositions. I've met many, and never encontered a mean one yet. It makes me wonder about the "narrative".
2. Many of the LEOs I've met are thugs or clods who enjoy exercising their authority far too much. The exceptions to the rule were all men over 50.
Speak up! What’s your solution? Are you going to save the dogs?
Are you calling in the feds?
Just to be fair, tell your wife and kids to never call the cops in an emergency.
No kids, the wife is even less likely to call the cops than I am, and there’s no emergency that I can think of that couldn’t be handled with a good flashlight and a good rifle.
Well then, I hope you are never forced to grapple with reality.
never trust pits. my experience with them was via my next door neighbor's dogs & was mostly uniquely negative.
their trigger for disturbingly aggressive territoriality was near hair. on occasion they would warn me away from own front yard when they were in it. gentle speech towards them would help shoo them off, [if they felt like listening] but show aggression [ie speaking angrily or waving a stick] & they would turn on you.
i have memories of them barking at & physically encouraging me [slow chase] to go back inside my house.
to my knowledge, my neighbor wasn't abusive towards these dogs, so i assume their disposition was genetic.
I’ll make do. Now run along and genuflect to your overlords.
Are you done trying to defend those who shoot house dogs?
Are you ready to condemn them yet?
Speak up! Whats your solution? Are you going to save the dogs?
Are you calling in the feds?
Are you done defending bad cops? I haven’t seen you claim that position. Until then, you’re not looking for a solution.
Until you’re ready to denounce the officers committing these and other crimes, you’re not ready to hear how to solve them.
ROFL! That's some logic, LOL!
Thank you for confirming you’re not even ready to denounce the officer involved in this case, nor the officers involved in other unlawful dog shootings.
Until you are ready to condemn those who wronged good citizens, you’re not ready to discuss how to correct the problem, for the same reason that a mother of a bullying child is not ready to hear about solutions to stop the bullying until she is willing to admit that it is her child who is doing the bullying.
Are you ready yet?
FORT WORTH — Twenty-four hours after a Fort Worth police officer fatally shot Lily, a 5-year-old border collie-English setter mix, its owners still don’t understand why the police officer was on their property and why he used lethal force.
Mark and Cindy Boling had just returned from a shopping trip, and their two dogs leaped into their truck then dashed inside the garage before re-emerging, barking, when an officer walked up the driveway in the 4700 block of Norma Street in east Fort Worth’s Meadowbrook neighborhood.
The officer asked him to control his dogs, Mark Boling said. He urged the officer not to advance, but he did.
“I asked him to stay where he was,” Boling, 52, an electronics technician with a defense contractor, recalled saying. Then he told the officer: “My dogs don’t bite, They’re not going to hurt you. They’re just going to run up to you.”
In a drama that unfolded in seconds, the officer walked onto the Boling’s elevated porch, then stepped onto a painted brick pillar several feet higher, Boling said.
Police spokesman Sgt. Pedro Criado said in a statement Monday that the officer waited by the driveway when two barking dogs charged him aggressively while he repeatedly asked a man at the house to call the animals back. Then the officer jumped onto the porch pillar.
“As the dogs were getting closer to attack/bite the officer, the officer fired his service weapon, striking the dog closest to him,” Criado wrote. Criado did not identify the officer.
Here, the couple’s account diverges from the police statement.
Boling said he had gained control of one of the dogs by the time the officer raised his gun. “Then I hear my wife yelling, ‘Don’t shoot my baby, please don’t hurt my baby!’”
The officer fired once, striking the dog in the back. It dashed to the back yard, where it bled to death within three minutes.
Cindy Boling said she shouted, “Did you shoot my dog?”
“You’d better check on your dog,” she quoted the officer as responding.
But the officer still had the gun raised and pointed toward her husband and surviving dog, she said.
“Why are you on my property? I didn’t call you,” Mark Boling recalls asking.
“Copper theft,” he said the officer replied.
According to Criado, the reported theft had occurred two blocks up the street, near 4900 Norma.
More officers arrived in nine police cars and marked off the area with yellow tape. A sergeant handed Mark Boling a card with a number for the department’s risk management office, in case he wanted to inquire about restitution for the dog they had adopted from the Humane Society.
They were told not to expect an official police response for at least a week.
Criado wrote that anytime an officer shoots a firearm, that triggers a review by “high ranking officials.”
As his wife cried Monday, Mark Boling asked, “Why didn’t he Mace my dog? Why did he do some something so ... so final? Why didn’t he move off my property?”
We definitely need more peace officers.
“They were told not to expect an official police response for at least a week.”
Not LEO thugs who require a week to get the Official Story straight.
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