>>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]