Warning: Rant follows...
I assure you I am not against policemen in general. They are important members of our society. I wouldn't want there to NOT be policemen.
I generally try to understand when policemen feel they have to shoot or taser violent people Or violent dogs that truly threaten them. It isn't easy sometimes, but I try.
And I don't care as much about dogs as many people do. I'm a cat person. I had to build a high fence around my yard to keep the cats safe from large dogs that roamed free. So I don't love dogs...
But things seems to be getting out of hand when policemen can can shoot dogs as a matter of convenience when entering a house. When improperly invading the house of innocent people, for example. In that case, police conducted a full SWAT-quality house assault on a family who were unknowingly delivered a package of drugs as part of a drug pickup trick. The police casually and routinely immediately shot the dogs who barked at the intruders.
What good dog wouldn't bark at intruders? They even shot one dog who was trying to run away! That is wrong. And I don't even like dogs.
And now, a new example of gun-madness by police. Washington, DC has named Keith Shephard as the officer who shot Bear-Bear on Monday night. Bear-Bear was a Siberian Husky who was playing in a community dog park when Shephard, allegedly fearing for his life, shot the husky in defense. Dog Park, get it? A place where dogs get to run around together and be a temporary pack. That involves a rare chance for the dogs to see who is the Alpha Dog!
Maybe it is true that the shot dog was aggressive. But it was a dog park. They are supposed to run around. If you don't like it, you leave. I once grabbed a large neighborhood dog by the spike collar and led him home. He was scared, I was scared. But it didn't require a gun.
This is going beyond dogs. I'm getting REAL pissed about too many policemen using lethal force on people and animals who don't really deserve it! Tasers are killing too many people. Policemen are shooting people too casually.
Do people have to start carrying guns to protect themselves from POLICEMEN?
It starts with shooting dogs casually. Then Tasering people. Then shooting people. I don't like the way this is progressing.
I understand that police work CAN be dangerous, and that too often, policemen become used to dealing with criminals.
But when they start to assume that everyone and even every dog they meet is a criminal or lethal threat deserving to be killed on sight, that has to stop...