Just Like You and Me, Only Better

A police officer lets his police dog get loose. It goes and begins threatening neighbors. It gets between a father and his small son. The father kills the dog to protect his son. What happens? The father gets charged with a felony, and the city sends him a bill for the dog.

Think about this. A police dog is a weapon. They are trained to be aggressive and trained to attack. I don’t buy all the pit bull hysteria (even before I saw how overblown it was thanks to Say Uncle) but this is different. The guy who is protecting his own family from an unsecured weapon is being threatened with jail and loss of his franchise? They are claiming that he knew it was a police dog. So what? It was a police dog without a handler. If anything, it is more dangerous because it is a police dog. Does anyone think that his son was safe strapped into a car seat in the car?

A lot of people like to talk about guns like they jump up and kill people anytime they are unattended. Where are all those people when we do have a weapon that gets up and walks around, potentially attacking people without restraint by a responsible person? And if dogs are so safe, why do the police shoot so many dogs on thier ninja raids? Because maybe the dog at the raid site is trained? As opposed to knowing that a particular dog is trained to attack?

(Via Say Uncle) More here.

Update: Compare and contrast.  (Via Radley.)


  1. Mexigogue says:

    That guy should get an attorney to sue the dog owner with negligence resulting in the emotional stress of having to shoot a police dog and face negative publicity.

  2. Phelps says:

    Can’t sue City Hall. It’s against the law.

  3. Mexigogue says:

    The dog was off duty. Can’t you sue the cop, not as a representative of the gummint, but as a private individual?

  4. Phelps says:

    The dog was property of the city. So therefore, you would have to sue the city. You might could sue the cop for negligence, but that would never fly to a jury. (It should, but he’s a cop.)