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Is worrying trend in US cop behavior a threat to pets? — 18 Comments

  1. Some people would define the police force as a terrorist group, themselves, but without a political agenda.
    SWAT, even with warrants in hand (never heard of any judge denying the request), perform violent home invasions. Sometimes, they storm into the wrong residence. OOOPS!
    Many times, as we all know, they mistakenly assume that an animal is vicious or sick. Without benefit of animal experts, they have the right to destroy them. Yet, they have trained dog partners capable of great harm. These dogs are considered officers themselves. Should a citizen shoot and kill one of those dogs because they feel endangered, they have killed a police officer, considered to be one of the most heinous crimes there is.

  2. from Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790) American inventor, journalist, printer, diplomat, and statesman:

    Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

    • The image is shocking. “Essential liberty” is being given up and it is the same in the UK. Apparently about 30% of British people are fearful of saying what they want to say. That is not good. The so called secure websites that begin with https have “trap doors”. Google wants website owners to operate secure sites (https sites) but there seems to be little genuine security.

  3. I don’t even dare get started sharing my thoughts on this subject!

    Unlike dear Michael, I find I cannot “pussyfoot” around my views on it, and have very, very little good and few constructive things to say.

    Last night I had reason to speak with two of these humorless farks, and all I could think of during the conversation was what I had recently read in my copy of the book “The Sociopath Next Door”: those two nimrods fit just about every aspect of the description of true psychopaths (with a bit of ‘pack mentality’ thrown in).

    (One dog = one dog brain.
    Two dogs = half a dog brain.
    Three dogs
    = NO dog brain)

    On the upside, I guess my house is safe from tigers with these two clowns running around.

    Disturbed, disturbing, and downright scary.

  4. I don’t think it has anything to do with the economy or terrorism. Many police in the US have always had a heavy handed approach to carrying out their duties. Remember the beating Rodney King got from the police in 1991? There’s a worrying increase in what’s known as taser torture by the police. Since 2001 there have been 634 documented taser-related deaths in America.

    Whilst there are a number of decent police officers genuinely working for the good of the public, I think the very nature of the job (asserting control and authority over others) will always appeal to some with aggressive or sociopathic tendencies. I don’t doubt that racism does factor into some of their over the top reactions too.

    Thanks be that we don’t have armed officers on the streets of the UK otherwise I think we could see the same problems here.

      • Michael I don’t know if it’s a cultural thing, but once corruption and racism are allowed to become endemic, you have a major problem. Especially when the worst individuals hold the highest positions in authority, because they set the tone. Brushing off the death of members of the public or domestic animals as “no case to answer”, is seen as the police being above the laws by which the rest of us have to abide.

        UK police aren’t any different, they’re not carrying weapons. Look at the cover-ups over Hillsborough and the phone-hacking scandal?

        Once the public begin losing trust in the honesty and integrity of the police, it’s inevitable there will be a backlash against them. That of course doesn’t excuse the large number of people both in America and the UK who who used genuine protest marches to loot and vandalise their own neighbourhoods. The police then toughen their stance and so the cycle continues.

  5. From Texas CopBlock tips for protesters

    Tips for protestors (please share):
    -Wear eye protection
    Cheap swimming goggles work great against tear gas. If you wear contacts, get glasses. Pepper spray + contacts = eye damage
    Ballistic goggles are the best, they protect your eyes from projectiles, like rubber bullets. These are especially needed when wearing glasses.
    -Gas masks are cheap. even a cheap <$10.00 paint type respirator will make a huge difference
    -Hearing protection.
    The sonic weapons used by police, such as the LRAD, can damage hearing.
    -Cameras.
    If it isn't recorded, it didn't happen. Extra memory cards. If using a quality camera that allows a filter, then a cheap UV filter will protect the lens. Lens wipes are a must. Extra batteries and/or the ability to recharge batteries. Water proof cameras or camera cases are highly recommended. Go-pro's or the Sony equivalent (cheaper, better low light imaging, better audio, worse day imaging) are great when in a case. If on a budget, check out the "Veho Muvi" cameras. They are a great bang for your buck. Never under estimate the usefulness of a small digital audio recorder. they can be used faster and easier than writing things down. Record badge/personnel numbers, events as they happen, names,and all other pertinent information.
    -A cheap backpack stuffed with a few towels makes a great shock absorber for bean-bag rounds and rubber bullets when worn on the front.
    -When possible cover your skin to prevent direct contact with tear gas/pepper spray.
    -Wear cotton instead of polyester/nylon. Fire retardant clothing is highly recommended.
    -Wear a hat with a bill. It will help protect your head.
    -Bring water. Lots of water. Backpacks are great for this.
    -Use public transport, or a bike. If things get violent you do not likely want your car destroyed. this also negates the possibility of it being impounded by police.
    -Neoprene or other type wrist protectors are great protection from the chaffing when cuffed too tightly by an angry cop. Get the one's that look like wrist supports, they are less likely to be removed.
    -Sudecon Decon kits for pepper spray. They are amazing.
    -Communication is important. Earpieces make it easier to hear in a crowd. Whenever possible have a primary recording device, and save the cell phone battery. 2-way radios are cheap and extremely useful. Set rally points should you get lost in a crowd and separated from friends. Permanent markers are great for writing an important phone number or two on your body. Not your hands, they will smear.
    -If you need medications, have them. epi-pens, inhalers, etc.
    Feel free to post other info below, I'm sure I missed some great ideas.
    Texas CopBlock supports protesting injustices, but never the initiation of violence.

  6. Police do this because they CAN. They believe any information they write in an incident report will be believed because they’re the police and we’re the lowly public. And as for the lawsuits, they’re paid with taxpayer dollars as it’s the towns that are sued and not the officer.

    If you look at the people being killed by police, they’re usually doing something they shouldn’t be and have a criminal record a mile long. Police may just be tired of locking them up and the judges letting them right back out. I just finished a case on a dog stolen by a man who had an arrest for attempted murder and a slew of other charges. Why are these people out of jail is more the question.

    If you’re following the Michael Brown case, the father is being considered for charges of inciting a riot for yelling “burn this m******f****r down.”

    As for police shooting dogs, I wouldn’t trust an officer any farther than I can see him. Dreyfuss was almost shot when animal control came to our place in 2012 and I’ve despised police ever since. He was in my bedroom where I was told he should be and the officer got scared when he opened my door and Dreyfuss got off the bed. Next thing I knew his hand was on his gun and didn’t come off it til I told the officer Dreyfuss was a service dog.

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