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Are cops servants or masters of the community? — 7 Comments

  1. Some public servants are total A**holes. The pictured jackass shooting the fawn is surely one of them and I hope some criminal puts him out of his misery or he dies a slow cruel death from cancer. Shooting kittens is another example of the same type of total moron. Most kittens are adopted. If I had seen it I probably would have taken action. Once again I wish morons like that the worst possible fate.

  2. Police are supposed to serve and protect, but many are just on a power kick. It used to be you could always trust a police officer, they were just beyond reproach. Not so anymore– so many are very corrupt or just plain bad and they don’t lose their jobs. The union protects them. If I got caught drunk driving I would lose my teaching job. No doubt about it. I’d be fired immediately. But we have cops who drive drunk (off duty) and keep their jobs. That’s not right.

    With the deer, I think the officer may not have had a choice. We have chronic wasting disease around here affecting the deer and the DNR won’t allow a deer from an area affected by that disease to be brought in and treated. They would just have insisted the deer be put down. It happened recently here. A fawn was being cared for by a rescue group and because the fawn was from an area infested by chronic wasting, the DNR euthanized her. I don’t know if they even tested whether she actually had chronic wasting disease or not, or maybe the deer could still be a carrier. It seems like a drastic response, but the disease is a serious issue. It could be the officer had no choice.

    But even so, it’s all in how you handle it. Show empathy. He could have stated that he felt really, really badly about this, but because of DNR regulations, stupid as they may be, he didn’t have a choice. If the officer had taken time to listen, really listen, not only would the people involved have felt better about the outcome, it might have given the deer a chance to recover, get up and walk away, and the whole issue of whether it could be brought to a vet or not would have disappeared. Do officers sometimes have to shoot injured animals, even if they would rather not? Yes, probably, and that’s a distasteful part of their job. But isn’t good public relations part of the job too? Isn’t avoiding needlessly upsetting people part of the job? I think officers need a lot more training in basic people skills. There should also be more careful psychological testing and screening. People who are just on a power kick or who have violent/cruel tendencies should not be part of a police force.

  3. lol Woody – that’s simply not true, but it sounds good.

    If this happened in Canada it doesn’t suprise me. The Toronto police force are a bunch macho jocks.

  4. When I read things like this I’m always glad I don’t live in a country where all police are armed and seem to shoot animals indiscriminately.
    It seems they have the power to decide without having any knowledge about animals and if their injuries are serious or not and that policeman was determined to show he knew more than the kind lady.
    Most of our local police are decent and caring people even though they have to put up with a lot of abuse from those who know how far they can go without being arrested.
    One of our Neighbourhood PCSOs who called one day on Neighbourhood Watch business had just got a little kitten, we had a lovely ‘cat chat’ session lol
    I think as with every other profession there are good and bad police so maybe we are just lucky here.

    • I think you hit on the “problem”. If police are armed they have the ability to instantly “euthanise” an animal. That easiness of it encourages it. While in the UK a policeman would not have acted like this. I am not saying British police are better I am just saying without a gun they’d have to call for help such as the RSPCA or a vet.

  5. I think that individuals who work in public service and are trusted authority figures should be required to undergo psychological assessments at least every 2 years. Plus, assessments should be mandatory any time an officer draws a gun and/or makes a life/death decision of any kind.

    Power is so easily abused. I believe that it can, sometimes, be a precursor to a distorted sense of entitlement and grandiose delusional thinking (a god complex).

    I don’t believe there is enough scrutiny and screening of public servants.

    • My thoughts exactly. The mentality has to be correct if a person is serving the community and the police definitely should be listening and acting in a way that pleases the people they serve: the general public. I am sure the great majority of people would disagree with the behavior of this police officer.

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