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.
(Excerpt) Read more at star-telegram.com ...
Maybe a medal is in order for protecting public safety.
Link over for the full but short story for details.
I welcome dissenting views on the exemplary judgment displayed here by the officers of the court.
Some cops are just plain dumb.
A moron and coward with a badge is nothing but bad news and tragedy in waiting.
I am so damn tired of this. Remind me to give a damn next time an LEO is killed.
This moronic coward needs to surrender his gun and his badge.
He’s a trigger happy idiot.
Police state alert.
has anyone looked into the likelihood that these pet killers are muslims ?
Some people who get into police work, particularly those in urban settings, are deathly afraid of dogs. They tend to equate all dogs as in the same vein as those urban land shark pit bulls.
If an enterprising person wanted to make a zillion dollars they would design a device that officers, mailmen, UPS guys, etc, could put on their belts, and turn on when approached by dogs. This device would emit a ultrasonic “NO!!!” that would keep the animals at bay.
He shot the dog because he can. Shooting people is getting easier for cops now, too. “I felt threatened’” Is the formula a cop has to use to legally absolve himself of all responsibility and to give him the right a dog or more and more, a person.
My Concern is not that he’s a rogue or in fact dumb so much as this is apparently part of SOP nationwide. This is most troubling. But, sure, he may well be an idiot or sadistic... but yet sharp enuff to follow procedure. Problem needs greater exposure.
The syndrome is so widespread that I have to assume that it is part of a policeman’s training and may well be practice to accustom then to shooting beings out of hand. It becomes easier for an officer to shoot a person once he is used to the expectation that if he goes on a call he gets to shoot any livestock that is present, especially knowing that he need only say,”I felt threatened” and at worst he gets extra paid vacation time, at best he gets a promotion and a medal. This is an element of The Terror in its classic Soviet and French Directoire sense.
The idiot cop thought that was a pit bull? Defense attorneys should be able to tear up any testimony he tries to concoct for any future criminal cases.
You are quite correct.
Today dogs, tomorrow people.
Ft Worth is full of worthless cops.
The point isn’t the officer’s fear of dogs, it is inuring the officer to the shooting of living beings, preferably fairly large bodied beings. After a time when it is humans that get shot on routine calls the people will begin to feel Terror which is what it is all about.
these incidents are now a proverbial example of the dreaded:
"i'm from the gov.t & i'm here to help"
So, why was the cop there?
Stay the 4311 off my property unless you present a warrant.
“Ft Worth is full of worthless cops.”
I read the story. This dumba$$ didn’t even know he was in the wrong area to investigate the alleged “copper theft”.
He thought a border collie was a pit bull? Obviously a publik skool graduate.
30 years ago I feared that as the dumbed down generations matured we would get to this point. Now they have the perfect “leader” and we are headed for the perfect storm. I hate being right about some things.
Be afraid, very afraid ... he may be guarding your FEMA camp!
Provided KRLD interview ref dog shooting.Leash laws are in place to prevent these tragedies.Still very disheartening for the owners and sad.
He later apologized if the leash comment was insensitive.(i.e. not credible)
So, it's the leash law rational justification ya see. The dog was in his driveway, cops encroaches on territory, and nobody yet knows why, and dog saunters casually out to check things out as dogs do and is executed. I sent a respectful but unambiguous note to the luminary. Noted others also not anymore pleased with this than I.
Not only that, I support FWPD and attended one of their community outreach efforts recently and I'm not even a FW resident, but have had interactions with the dept. I'm burning up with disappointment and just exasperated. Very disappointed in them, and their apparent field directives in dealing with dogs.
I have two springer spanials, would not bite a good steak. Some pantload ass wipe cop shoots one of them, I will be his last mortal act, I don’t care about goimg to jail...
So, if *I* blow a cops head off because ‘’I felt threatened’’, can I get the benefit of the doubt, too????
Isn't this uplifting.
Having had an English Setter and been around lots of Border
Collies and can not think of a way to breed a more lovable,
sweet natured dog. Of course the violent, aggressive name may
have corrupted it.
I started hanging up on cop charities long ago.
Apparently the “mix” thing confused the Peace Keeper.
Were that my dog and my property, the cop would be laid out beside the dog.
Because he wasn’t bright enough to find the address where he was supposed to be two blocks away.
“I started hanging up on cop charities long ago.”
New info to me. Tanks. I’ll look into it. Yes, a report of “Pitbull” spotted alive and well would lend more credibility to a shoot-first approach here, all other facts could be discarded by responders. Should have called out swat team if a dog was reported to have resembled a “Pitbull” per hearsay. That would add up. Fear: primed/reason discarded. SHOOT! Sounds abt right.
Now, I want to see a picture of the cop that did the shooting who is an example of our school system in that he can’t even read a damn address.
I don’t share that sentiment and not at all cool. Hope it’s retracted quickly.
I have been around dogs all my life.
Once, while working in a young family.s house, performing renovation work, the two border collies they had (to actually help corral their two toddler children) watched me intently as I went from garage to basement, several times. In the course of my work, i deviated from this routine to cut a few holes into their new addition. One of the BC’s gently put her jaws around my wrist as to pull me back to my previous path. At the same moment, the wife/mother became alarmed, tried to explain the dog’s actions and plaintively told me she wouldn’t hurt me. I knew what the dog was doing: she was gently guiding me back to where she thought I belonged. There was no harm and no foul. The dogs were doing their job. Pure and simple. I laughed it off and assured the owner that I knew exactly what the dog was doing and they were fortunate to have such well trained and dedicated ‘’toddler sitters’’.
Would be nice if Officer Friendly were held personally liable for this...
I started hanging up on cop charities long ago.
The FOP charity. Me three.
The Bolings said neighbors overheard police who arrived on the scene saying that the responding officer had mistakenly thought he was in the 4900 block. The officer himself was heard wrongly describing Lily as a pit bull, the couple said.
What a lard ass.
And some cops are just plain evil and commit crime under the color of authority.
The cop just ran the dog down and shot him like Trayvon.
Typical out of control, trigger-happy punk cowboy. Another demonstrable menace to society... on our dime.
“Some cops are just plain dumb.”
Dumb has nothing to do with it.
Sadism, power hungry, evil.....lots
of adjectives that fit but dumb isn’t
one in this case.
LEO shoot and kill dogs routinely for
a couple of reasons....one, because they
can do it and get away with it. This gives
them the petty adrenalin rush of power.
Two, the do it to intimidate people. When
you display open brash and unnecessary violence
you are sending a message. That message is “don’t
F**K with me because I can kill with impunity and
the next victim might be you”
LEO speak and understand english....they just can’t
be bothered to hear or heed the words from lowly
citizens who don’t have their assumed powers of life
and death. For us the only language they care to use
is the language of violence. Till we start speaking
back to them in that language they can’t be bothered to
This cop is beyond stupid...Fire his arse!
Be careful, every tin-horn LEO organization has a SWAT Team to send to your house if you get uppity.
I am so sorry that the couple lost their beloved pet.
Any dog will run up to someone who approaches their property.
Bubba would totally run up just to say hello.
Can’t see why a policeman would be so afraid of a small dog like that. Why can’t they wait and see.