Friday, July 12, 2013

Dog Shooting

Recently, police from the City of Hawthorne had to shoot a large dog that officers said was attacking them.  A video was released that was a little vague about the dog attack.  Now a second video has been released that shows the dog is clearly attacking one of the officers who fires his duty handgun four times and kills the dog.

One of the officers has the suspect in front of him and seems to be using the suspect as a barrier between himself and the dog.  The suspect can be heard yelling "Don't shoot my dog."  That could be interpreted to indicate that the suspect believed the officers were fearful of the dog.  Earlier in the video the suspect had the dog out on a leash and did not seem to have good control over the dog.  The suspect put the dog in his car, but failed to roll up the windows.  So the dog simply jumped out the window then the suspect was arrested.

It is the duty of a dog owner to properly secure and control their dog.  This dog owner failed to do that.  There were many people around besides just police and this dog could have attacked one of them.  Shooting a dog is almost always a public relations nightmare unless the dog has already severely mauled an innocent person.  Shooting a dog is a reasonable course of action when a human is threatened with great bodily injury; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

Of course this story has nothing to do with dogs, cops, or public opinion. It has everything to do with the fact that the media exists to stir up irrational emotions and sell commercial time.

No rational person (without a force-fed media bias mob mentality ) would expect anyone (cop or otherwise) to allow themselves to be bit by a large angry dog when they had the means to prevent it,

Mike Creek said...

Exactly correct, and the fact it is on video makes it news.