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Y'all shot my dog! Y'all shot my dog! Oh my God! Almighty!
(caution: topic may be upsetting to sensitive people)

 3:52 pm on Jan 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

Read it in CNN [cnn.com]
Dad leaves wallet on car roof at gas station and drives off.

Someone sees wallet flying off the roof and thinks it's a carjacking(?).

Tennessee police pull Mom, Dad, and child out of car, handcuff them, then blows the head off their dog with a shotgun!

Something seriously wrong in the U.S. lately.

Added: Chief of police and Mayor apologized to the family, but then covered their butts on their web site [cookevillepolice.com]:
the officer took the only action he could to protect himself and gain control of the situation.

[edited by: lawman at 4:33 pm (utc) on Jan. 10, 2003]



 8:23 pm on Jan 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

Okay.. This thread made me go and pay and see the video.

I stand wholeheartedly behind my original opinion. That officer was wrong with a capital W. Starting with not closing the door to the vehicle, which a thinking person would have seen as eliminating the perceived threat of the dogs.

That dog is absolutely NOT in an attack mode. And the use of a shotgun at an animals head at close range was absolutely unnecessary.

My apologies if anyone thought my comments were to cops in general. They were not. Some of my closest and best friends are cops. They are with me on this one.

The explanation by Chief Terry of Cookeville stating that they were not in charge of the stop, and were only backup is ludicrous. One officer WAS in charge of a shotgun. Period.

I have a suggestion to police chiefs who are called to comment and act on the infrequent actions of alleged rogue officers, or "bad cops" --- Do not make statements that appear directly contrary to videotape.
"no, there was no excessive force"

Survey says..."roll the tape."


 8:31 pm on Jan 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

This is going to sound crazy - But I just cannot see animals in distress. I can see humans doing stupid things however ;)

Poor Doggie :(

yes, I eat meat. I know. I have tried giving it up but after a year or so I started to feel quite sick without it


 8:36 pm on Jan 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

after a year or so I started to feel quite sick without it

Hmm. The few times I've accidentally ingested meat in the 14 or so years I've been a vegetarian it has made me quite distinctly sick. My guess would be that there was probably something else you could have done with your diet to make up the difference. But evangelising is obnoxious, so I'm going to shut up now.


 9:41 pm on Jan 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

>>Okay.. This thread made me go and pay and see the video.

uh..you could have just googled for "knoxville TV stations" or something like that - that's how I found one that played the story & police videos for free. (not that having the CNN prime content is that expensive or anything)

I agree, that this entire story just makes me sick to my stomach. There was absolutely NO NEED for such aggressive force or stupidity on the part of the officer - pepper spray would have been plenty effective, even IF the dog was trying to be protective, rather than the bouncy, non-threatening dog he was acting like.

The family, even as confused as they were about being stopped & handcuffed, had given the officers plenty of warning to shut the doors so nothing "bad" would happen to their dogs. That alone is probably going to be worth a $1 million pain & suffering settlement. that's what i'd go for at least, plus a hearty suspension (they probably won't fire the officer of course) and a nice ANIMAL CRUELTY charge.

of course, i would be so uncontrollably angry that I probably would have committed some type of assault on the officer myself. even though it would have caused trouble where there shouldn't have been any.

there are dumb cops out there - mostly because police depts just can't fill the staff they need, so they'll take just about anyone, as long as they barely pass the minimum testing and training requirements. Smart, well trained & experienced officers probably would not have made that choice, because their split-second decision would have been backed by better instinct & knowledge. It's just sad that this <person> was allowed to carry a gun in the first place.

[edited by: mivox at 9:55 pm (utc) on Jan. 10, 2003]
[edit reason] inflammatory language [/edit]


 10:36 pm on Jan 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

Just saw the video, now I am more outraged than before.
Wow <edited>. For god's sake that was such a small dog and it seems like it was coming out to play, it sure didn't look like it was coming out to attack anybody.

All you needed to subdue that "vicious animal" was a doggy biscuit.

I hope they get a huge settlement, get some for their pain and suffering, and donate some to animal shelters.

Truly sad :(

[edited by: mivox at 10:51 pm (utc) on Jan. 10, 2003]
[edit reason] inflammatory language [/edit]

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