A police officer chasing a suspect entered Bianca Alakson's fenced-in backyard the other day. When her 10-month-old Labrador-mix puppy ran toward the Redford Township, Ohio, officer, he shot the dog twice, killing it. Alakson's boyfriend, Ryan Showalter, ran outside and demanded to know why. He was arrested for interfering with an investigation.
That is just one of many cases in which police officers have killed family pets recently and without any apparent justification. A. Barton Hinkle says it's time to teach the cops some new tricks.