Police Killings of Dogs8 August 2008
Prince George's raid prompts call for probeby Doug Donovan of the Baltimore Sun
When the shooting stopped, two dogs lay dead. […]
Police have said the dogsengagedofficers. Calvo confirmed that Payton probably moved toward the door but would have ultimately done nothing more than lick them.
Chase was shot while running away from sheriff's deputies, Calvo said.
Okay, now I could write about the idiocy of the War on Drugs, but I want to instead talk about something else that makes me furious.
Far too many police, in far too many cases, have clearly demonstrated that they believe themselves to have the right to punish criminals by executing their dogs.
I'm not talking about cases where the dog has attacked, or has behaved in a way that indicates that it is an immediate threat.
It's not the right of a police officer to punish, period. And it's not the right of anyone to punish some person by killing an innocent companion animal. It doesn't fundamentally matter, when it comes to the killing of the Calvo dogs, that the Calvos were innocent. Even if they had been guilty of something truly criminal, it wouldn't be the right of police to kill their dogs because of who their owners were.
Police officials who needlessly kill dogs are never given worse than slaps on their wrists. Instead, they need to do hard prison time. More specifically:
- If it can been shown that police conducted a raid such as this, where they could have brought and deployed non-lethal measures but did not, then one or more of the officials needs to spend years in prison. It should even be a criminal offense (albeït perhaps just a misdemeanor) for any participating officer not to know who has been assigned responsibility for those non-lethal measures, so that treasonous bastards cannot merely pretend that there was a
mix-up. Note that I am not claiming that non-lethal measures can always be employed; but, when it is practicable to prepare them, police should be required to prepare them.
- In any case where lethal methods have been used against a dog that is plainly not acting aggressively (as in the case of the dog who was attempting to flee), there should be years in prison.