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(Local10 WPLG)   Cops searching neighborhood are unable to locate bicycle thief, instead fall back on basic police procedure: Pick a backyard at random and shoot the dog   (local10.com) divider line 177
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2012-09-30 09:27:33 PM  
Well, they didn't break any laws, so it's time to buy a new dog. Right?
 
2012-09-30 10:06:41 PM  
It takes a long time to properly train a dog for protection. Just making them mean makes them dangerous, so the training is very important and is a continuous process. Buying a new dog is not exactly going to work for home protection right out of the box, so to speak.
 
2012-10-01 12:19:16 AM  
"Hey look, there's a big mean dog barking in this yard. Our perp MUST be hiding there!"
 
2012-10-01 12:20:06 AM  
strong armed robbery

Wat?
 
2012-10-01 01:33:32 AM  
Now, for all we know, that dog had cancer or something and the shooter was just doing the humane thing and putting down old Yeller.

Or maybe it was a werewolf
 
2012-10-01 01:33:35 AM  
Heroes, every damn one of them.
 
2012-10-01 01:33:37 AM  
I'm sure an internal investigation will show that shooting the dog 6 times was necessary.
 
2012-10-01 01:33:50 AM  
Prince George County, Maryland?

*clicks article*

Huh, I was wrong.
 
2012-10-01 01:35:58 AM  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Prince George County, Maryland?

*clicks article*

Huh, I was wrong.


If it was PG County, the dog would've had a Glock and a brick of heroin.
 
2012-10-01 01:38:40 AM  

HotWingAgenda: MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Prince George County, Maryland?

*clicks article*

Huh, I was wrong.

If it was PG County, the dog would've had a Glock and a brick of heroin.


Before or after it was shot?
 
2012-10-01 01:43:18 AM  
unavailable for comment:

www.metroactive.com
 
2012-10-01 01:43:40 AM  
Meanwhile, if I shoot a police dog, I'm a murderer. Or at least I can count on the police to do everything within their power and then some to charge me with same.
 
2012-10-01 01:44:53 AM  

the_rhino: I'm sure an internal investigation will show that shooting the dog 6 times was necessary.


I'm sure there is some farktard that would happily say 'duuuuh! It was a pit bull!'

Disgusting. Just disgusting...and I'm betting that if it was a golden retriever the blacklash on the popo would be worse.
 
2012-10-01 01:49:01 AM  

KrispyKritter: Heroes, every damn one of them.


God bless our boys in blue.
 
2012-10-01 01:49:08 AM  
police officer shot and killed a pit bull

LOL.

Next time get a German Shepherd.
 
2012-10-01 01:50:21 AM  
FTA: "They were looking for a man who had punched another guy in the face and stole his bike..."

stolen his bike.

If he had punched a guy and stolen his bike.

/Grammar Nazi will go away now.
 
2012-10-01 01:50:54 AM  
fark the police.

Every damn one of them.
 
2012-10-01 01:52:17 AM  

Dezilith: the_rhino: I'm sure an internal investigation will show that shooting the dog 6 times was necessary.

I'm sure there is some farktard that would happily say 'duuuuh! It was a pit bull!'

Disgusting. Just disgusting...and I'm betting that if it was a golden retriever the blacklash on the popo would be worse.


With a pit bull, they have the excuse that the dog was aggressive and violent.

But with a retriever, what are they going to say? It was interfering with arrest? "He was all over me! I couldn't pass because the dog was licking me in the face."
 
2012-10-01 01:56:35 AM  
I wish they would do this more often, a community service
 
2012-10-01 01:57:03 AM  
Under the law, police are allowed to enter private property if they are pursuing or searching for a felony suspect.

So this means that if someone is suspected of a felony even if cops can't get enough evidence for a judge to grant a warrant they can still bust down the door and take the person, or am I misunderstanding what that implies?
 
2012-10-01 02:02:07 AM  

Anenu: Under the law, police are allowed to enter private property if they are pursuing or searching for a felony suspect.

So this means that if someone is suspected of a felony even if cops can't get enough evidence for a judge to grant a warrant they can still bust down the door and take the person, or am I misunderstanding what that implies?


Like it matters. They "smelled drugs", or "heard someone calling for help". So did the other officers with them.
 
2012-10-01 02:12:57 AM  
Every time I read about something like this, the police officers claim that they were "afraid." Perhaps that is our problem. We need to hire some less timid cops.
 
2012-10-01 02:15:19 AM  
FTFA:

"It is an unfortunate circumstance that the dog and the police met. It was not the initial call but the officer had to shoot the dog to protect himself," said Sgt. Cochenour.

There must be an official police handbook dictating that phrase---"It's unfortunate..." Ten years ago, my daughter and then three year old granddaughter were on the way to my place on a Sunday afternoon when her van had a blow out on the freeway. She pulled over and put on her hazard lights, but traffic was too heavy for her to get out and even check the tire, much less change it. In the period of half an hour, before I could get there in response to her cell phone call, six cop cars passed her. Not one even slowed down much less stopped to see what was wrong. After I got there, four others drove by, also not bothering to check.

When I called the police department to complain, they simply stated the incident was "unfortunate." When I called the local CBS affiliate, who aired the story, they were told the same thing---"It's unfortunate."

No, cops will never take the blame for any damn thing.
 
2012-10-01 02:17:52 AM  

Aulus: FTFA:

"It is an unfortunate circumstance that the dog and the police met. It was not the initial call but the officer had to shoot the dog to protect himself," said Sgt. Cochenour.

There must be an official police handbook dictating that phrase---"It's unfortunate..." Ten years ago, my daughter and then three year old granddaughter were on the way to my place on a Sunday afternoon when her van had a blow out on the freeway. She pulled over and put on her hazard lights, but traffic was too heavy for her to get out and even check the tire, much less change it. In the period of half an hour, before I could get there in response to her cell phone call, six cop cars passed her. Not one even slowed down much less stopped to see what was wrong. After I got there, four others drove by, also not bothering to check.

When I called the police department to complain, they simply stated the incident was "unfortunate." When I called the local CBS affiliate, who aired the story, they were told the same thing---"It's unfortunate."

No, cops will never take the blame for any damn thing.


How many people sued over a paint scratch incurred by such help? As a taxpayer, I'm not sure I want to be on that hook.
 
2012-10-01 02:19:52 AM  
Lohse reported that there are no signs on the side of Williamson's house indicating that a dog was in the backyard. Under the law, police are allowed to enter private property if they are pursuing or searching for a felony suspect.

They were looking for a man who had punched another guy in the face and stole his bike in front of a convenience store


Wow... The cops are grasping for straws here... Since when did punching someone and a stolen bike become felony worthy?

Oh wait, that's right... I live in Amerikuh, where the politicians, in there constant quest to be "tough on crime" are making EVERYTHING a felony, thereby allowing cops to pull this jack booted thug action over and over, and allowing them to get away with things that the common serf would be in jail for life...
 
2012-10-01 02:20:14 AM  
"So are you going to go after the guy that punched me and stole my bike?"

"Nope. Gonna go eat donuts. Not worth the risk of being the object of a Fark thread."
 
2012-10-01 02:23:35 AM  

david_gaithersburg: I wish they would do this more often, a community service


Go DIAF, you goddamn piece of useless human filth.
 
2012-10-01 02:25:38 AM  

AssAsInAssassin: FTA: "They were looking for a man who had punched another guy in the face and stole his bike..."

stolen his bike.

If he had punched a guy and stolen his bike.

/Grammar Nazi will go away now.


That's okay. I'm pretty sure the use of "guy" in this context isn't in the style guide.
 
2012-10-01 02:27:47 AM  

Smoking GNU: david_gaithersburg: I wish they would do this more often, a community service

Go DIAF, you goddamn piece of useless human filth.


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All pit bulls should be put down, they are not domesticated animals.
 
2012-10-01 02:33:21 AM  

david_gaithersburg: Smoking GNU: david_gaithersburg: I wish they would do this more often, a community service

Go DIAF, you goddamn piece of useless human filth.

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All pit bulls should be put down, they are not domesticated animals.


Thank you for proving my point yet again.
 
2012-10-01 02:35:23 AM  

david_gaithersburg: Smoking GNU: david_gaithersburg: I wish they would do this more often, a community service

Go DIAF, you goddamn piece of useless human filth.

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All pit bulls should be put down, they are not domesticated animals.


All trolls should be put down, they are not domesticated people.

/logical fallacies is fun!
 
2012-10-01 02:37:08 AM  
Jesus Christ, what a terribly written article.

Pro tip for the savvy readers out there: "It happened just before/after" is a massive red flag for a TV reporter who can barely compose a coherent sentence, but has been forced to write their own article for the web. So they just dump the words straight out of the prompter.

Anyway: Perhaps the officer could have simply backed out of the yard and approached from another angle. If the dog had actually attacked him and he fired in self-defense, I'd be OK with this. But we all know that's not how it happened. The dog growled and he started blazing away, because fark you, I am the po-lice.

Seriously, how many times has a dog growled at you but NOT actually moved to injure you? Just playing the odds, that's what I think happened here.
 
2012-10-01 02:37:38 AM  

david_gaithersburg: Smoking GNU: david_gaithersburg: I wish they would do this more often, a community service

Go DIAF, you goddamn piece of useless human filth.

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All pit bulls should be put down, they are not domesticated animals.


did a pit bull bite your kid's arm off or something?

i had two of my neighbor's full grown pits in my house with my 15lb chihuahua. they wanted to play with my dog but he wasn't having it. so he bit one of these 100lb death machines on the nose. you know what the pit did? laid down in the corner and whimpered for his owner.
 
2012-10-01 02:40:17 AM  

david_gaithersburg: Smoking GNU: david_gaithersburg: I wish they would do this more often, a community service

Go DIAF, you goddamn piece of useless human filth.

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All pit bulls should be put down, they are not domesticated animals.


I love this argument. I don't give a shiat about pitbulls or their ex-felon owners, but no dog is a fully domesticated animal. You think your golden retriever wouldn't bite you under the right circumstances? Who's deluding themselves now?
 
2012-10-01 02:40:53 AM  
CruiserTwelve: "So are you going to go after the guy that punched me and stole my bike?"

"Nope. Gonna go eat donuts. Not worth the risk of being the object of a Fark thread."


You must recognize there are some police officers who become officers so they can do things like what happened in the story. I suspect there are guys at every precinct everyone else despises for this reason.
 
2012-10-01 02:41:58 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Dezilith: the_rhino: I'm sure an internal investigation will show that shooting the dog 6 times was necessary.

I'm sure there is some farktard that would happily say 'duuuuh! It was a pit bull!'

Disgusting. Just disgusting...and I'm betting that if it was a golden retriever the blacklash on the popo would be worse.

With a pit bull, they have the excuse that the dog was aggressive and violent.

But with a retriever, what are they going to say? It was interfering with arrest? "He was all over me! I couldn't pass because the dog was licking me in the face."


Not all retrievers are sweet and kind. My fathers retriever had to be put down after it bit a four year olds face off.
 
2012-10-01 02:43:41 AM  
I give the cops a lot of shait when they screw up but I can't really get on them for this one.

It's unfortunate but I wouldn't want the police to stop searching for a suspect because the guy crossed into private property
 
2012-10-01 02:43:49 AM  

nburghmatt: david_gaithersburg: Smoking GNU: david_gaithersburg: I wish they would do this more often, a community service

Go DIAF, you goddamn piece of useless human filth.

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All pit bulls should be put down, they are not domesticated animals.

did a pit bull bite your kid's arm off or something?

i had two of my neighbor's full grown pits in my house with my 15lb chihuahua. they wanted to play with my dog but he wasn't having it. so he bit one of these 100lb death machines on the nose. you know what the pit did? laid down in the corner and whimpered for his owner.


I used to ride a pit like a horse as a toddler until he got stolen for dogfighting. I don't trust chihuahuas much, but they can't hurt me that bad.
 
2012-10-01 02:45:49 AM  

nburghmatt: chihuahua


Chihuahuas can be intimidating little monsters to other dogs. My ex had one that was 18 years old, 95% blind, toothless and had arthritis of the spine and he still thought he was the baddest dog on the block. The neighbor's full grown Doberman would run from him in abject terror.
 
2012-10-01 02:48:25 AM  

CruiserTwelve: "So are you going to go after the guy that punched me and stole my bike?"

"Nope. Gonna go eat donuts. Not worth the risk of being the object of a Fark thread."


Cops have never shied away from the pleasure of killing pets before.
even if they go to the wrong house
Looking cool in front of the brother in law.
Or if the dog is already restrained... maybe the cop was reaching for his tazer and got confused.

Cops and dogs are a lot alike mostly friendly but not as smart as most people and have the ability to kill a person and can easily be trained to do so. The primary difference being a dog that kills somebody in cold blood is put down while a cop that does the same thing gets a paid vacation and a promotion.
 
2012-10-01 02:50:35 AM  

untaken_name: Anenu: Under the law, police are allowed to enter private property if they are pursuing or searching for a felony suspect.

So this means that if someone is suspected of a felony even if cops can't get enough evidence for a judge to grant a warrant they can still bust down the door and take the person, or am I misunderstanding what that implies?

Like it matters. They "smelled drugs", or "heard someone calling for help". So did the other officers with them.


There are a number of such excuses.
 
2012-10-01 02:51:21 AM  

nburghmatt: did a pit bull bite your kid's arm off or something?


No. He's just a really obvious troll. Don't feed it, nothing good will come of it.
 
2012-10-01 02:51:22 AM  
I see CruiserTwelve has already chimed in with his daily dose of cop apologetics.

Seriously, dude, is there any threshold of police misconduct that you can't justify? Any abuse of authority that you can't rationalize?
 
2012-10-01 02:54:33 AM  
I'm glad I live in a nice neighborhood. The cops here know that if they dare to do something stupid the citizens won't stop escalating it until they get the cop fired.
 
2012-10-01 03:10:25 AM  

fusillade762: nburghmatt: did a pit bull bite your kid's arm off or something?

No. He's just a really obvious troll. Don't feed it, nothing good will come of it.


He dissapeared pretty quick. I wonder if his mom sent him to bed.
 
2012-10-01 03:23:04 AM  

clyph: I see CruiserTwelve has already chimed in with his daily dose of cop apologetics.

Seriously, dude, is there any threshold of police misconduct that you can't justify? Any abuse of authority that you can't rationalize?


What would you have had the police do in this situation? Not search for the suspect? I don't really see how this is abuse of authority. Cops abuse their powers all the time but this isn't one of those times.
 
2012-10-01 03:31:40 AM  

relaxitsjustme: clyph: I see CruiserTwelve has already chimed in with his daily dose of cop apologetics.

Seriously, dude, is there any threshold of police misconduct that you can't justify? Any abuse of authority that you can't rationalize?

What would you have had the police do in this situation? Not search for the suspect? I don't really see how this is abuse of authority. Cops abuse their powers all the time but this isn't one of those times.


it's like they say.if you want to make an omelet, you have to shoot an unrelated person's pet.
 
2012-10-01 03:34:00 AM  
we need to start training storm troopers instead of police. that dog would still be alive today.
 
2012-10-01 03:36:58 AM  

clyph: I see CruiserTwelve has already chimed in with his daily dose of cop apologetics.

Seriously, dude, is there any threshold of police misconduct that you can't justify? Any abuse of authority that you can't rationalize?


Nope.
 
2012-10-01 03:48:23 AM  
Cops using the same lame excuse that they were "afraid" is becoming as commonplace as a thug's momma saying that "he was a good boy who was trying to turn his life around" whenever they get caught while doing random acts of attractive and successfulness.
 
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