Cop Who Shot Cats in Front of Kids Now Shoots Raccoon in Front of Kids


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If you went to see Maleficent or Godzilla or some other fantasy film, and the antagonist, instead of being supernaturally evil, shot five kittens in front of a group of children and then later shot an already-trapped baby raccoon in front of another group of kids, you'd probably leave the theater rolling your eyes at how unrealistic and senselessly cruel the character was. Unfortunately, the real world features a lot of outrageous behaviour as well as a humane officer named Barry Accorti who has apparently never come across the word overkill.

The Chronicle-Telegram reported earlier this week on the latest animal executions by the SWAT-commander-turned-humane-officer in the sleepy suburb of North Ridgeville, Ohio:

"This isn't the Wild West, you don't just pull out guns and shoot them, especially not in front of kids," Tim Sherrill said about an hour after one of the city's animal control officers shot and killed a young raccoon on his neighbor's property.

Sherrill, who was at work, said two other boys, also believed to be 10 years old, reportedly witnessed the shooting along with his son, Jordan.

The children were playing on the neighbor's property with that man's grandson, when the shooting occurred Monday, according to Sherrill.

"I own a gun myself," Sherrill said. "I can understand this up to a point … that they have to put animals down, but you don't do it in front of kids. I'm an adult, and I don't want to see it."

Police Chief Michael Freeman offered a different version of events, maintaining the raccoon was not shot near any children or dwellings by Humane Officer Barry Accorti, who estimated he shot the animal at least 70 yards from any house.

It's the word of the chief of police against a resident as to what happened, but this wouldn't be the first time the neighborhood has complained about Accorti's apparent behavior. Almost one year ago exactly, the officer left a group of kids "screaming and crying" and found himself under fire for taking the same extreme measure when called to remove feral cats from a family's yard.

The fact that he chose to shoot them, said a representative of the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, was "new ground for us. We've dealt with a lot of humane societies and animal control officers, but I can't imagine an officer from any county in Ohio shooting kittens."

Despite multiple protests, the department last year deemed Accorti's actions appropriate and didn't punish him.

What's not at issue so much is that Accorti has killed these animals—feral animals get put down all the time—but how he publicly handles the situations and that his supervisors are essentially unfazed. Unfortunately, the citizens who pay Accorti's salary have no way of knowing if their next animal nuisance situation will turn into an excessively violent display of police power. 

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  1. “the citizens who pay Accorti’s salary have no way of knowing if their next animal nuisance situation will turn into an excessively violent display of police power. ”

    Yes, they do.

    1. That took about 5 tries to get posted.

      Would someone please sick Barry Accorti on the fucking Reason squirrels?

  2. They say with a flasher, the sexual thrill comes from the reaction of shock and horror on the faces of the women to whom he exposes himself. I suspect similar pathology here.

  3. “Garroting”? You know that’s a specific thing, right?

    1. Strangulation with a (usually thin) rope or wire. The Spanish also mechanised it.

    2. Noted and revised.

  4. Who calls an armed agent of the state to dispose of feral kittens?

    This power monkey’s performing a civic duty… these children now have a deep mistrust of law enforcement.

    1. Who calls an armed agent of the state to dispose of feral kittens?

      Feral Birds.

    2. Why are animal control officers armed with anything heavier than a cattle prod and stun gun?

      1. Field euthanasia is often a .22 round through the head. Maybe not the most serene way to die, but fairly quick.

        It’s not practical for an ACO working alone to both restrain a hostile and struggling animal, find a vein, get a needle in and administer the euthanizing drugs. That’s about two hands short of the minimum four hands you need.

        1. A .22 to the forehead is the standard way to slaughter livestock if you can’t find your captive-bolt pistol because Anton Chigurh stole it.

      2. I wished I was allowed a gun several times when I worked as an animal control officer. We got occasional calls about animals hit by cars, trains, or otherwise injured and the result was never pretty. If I’d been allowed to carry, I could have put it out of its misery. Instead, I had to call a cop or ask people nearby if they had a gun (pretty common for north Idaho). I never felt the need to shoot a vicious animal (cops seem to love to shoot even non-vicious dogs) but being able to put an animal out of its misery would have been nice.

  5. Racoons… have lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll’s eye.

    I personally think there’s something kinda awesome about Officer “Dirty Doolittle”….

    “It made a move, Chief”
    “It was in a cage!”
    “Look, its a dirty world out there, Chief, and someone’s got to deal with these scum!”
    “It was a pregnant Hamster!”
    “Those things carry infection. Have you ever seen what a man bitten by a hamster looks like after a few days? its not pretty.”
    “It belonged to a blind girl!”
    “I know. They told her it was a chinchilla, figuring she wouldn’t know the difference. The bastards”
    “That’s because you SHOT the chinchilla last week!”
    “It made a move Chief, I had to get it on”

  6. To be fair, the animals failed to obey lawful commands from the officer.

    Failure to obey is death.

    1. Procedures were followed.

      What’s important here is that Officer Accorti made it home safely.

      1. “Procedures were followed.

        What’s important here is that Officer Accorti made it home safely.”

        Quite right, seguin,.

        Additionally, the officer distinctly shouted “Stop resisting!” before each shot.

        He had also been informed that the animals were felines, (evidently a particularly evil type of felon) and therefore they were not only a danger to himself but the children he was there to protect and serve.

  7. People are quick to get outraged, slow to take any real action on it. If the people of N. Ridgeville/Ohio don’t make noise about it, then they deserve what they get. If they make noise and nothing is done or they’re ignored, then it’s a new level of escalatable objection.

  8. Sounds like a feral cop on the loose!

  9. This cat-shooting bastard is nothing to the scourge of Weasel-fighting


  11. Appropos….A cow got loose in Bal’mer today and was subdued by the brave boys in blue…by shooting it on a somewhat busy street. There were roughly 20 cop cars in pursuit, in addition to what looked like a SWAT van. They shot it 4 times.

    I got it on video, only audio of the shots, but it was an interesting morning. It’s raw and pretty much B-roll quality.


    1. I have so many questions about this that I don’t even know where to begin.

      1. It’s moseying right at us!

    2. http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/…..ty-police/

      All these stories keep claiming it was a bull, but that seems highly dubious to me. I barely know anything about the cattle business, but I don’t think they bother to send intact bulls to the slaughterhouse. I thought they pretty much just peacefully fuck cows until they die. And besides, every bull I’ve ever seen looks way scarier than that.

      Ohio had a similar story that ended more happily. Except for those of us who like meat, I mean.

    3. Why the hell do you have to shoot a cow?!? Put a damned rope around its neck and walk it back into that trailer just sitting there. I’m so tired of these trigger-happy police. Glad I have a huge bottle of gin at home.

      1. Don’t you think for a second that they wouldn’t do the same thing to you if they got the chance

    4. Was Jim Carey on the Bmore police force?

  12. “Unfortunately, the citizens who pay Accorti’s salary have no way of knowing if their next animal nuisance situation will turn into an excessively violent display of police power.”

    Unfortunately, the citizens who pay Accorti’s salary have no say in the matter……….

  13. Everyone knows you don’t shoot kittens.

    You should set fire to them.

    Then you can shoot the kids when they try to save the kittens.

    And the dog when it tries to protect the kids.

    Officer Accprti obviously needs further training.

  14. Ohio is plagued with an overabundance of shitty little crime-free suburbs that all have their own overstaffed police departments. The goons have nothing to do because there’s no crime, so, I mean, why not shoot some kittens? It’s easier than taking them to the pound where someone might adopt them.

  15. he shot the animal at least 70 yards from any house.

    So he admits he has no idea of how to put down an animal using proper gun safety.

    If this were a difficult, large animal to trap, it might be justified. But you can easily trap a cat or raccoon with a small cage, and take it to an area at least 500 yards from any house and put it down there.

  16. Jesus Christ.

    They’re killing kittens now?


  17. High time for so-called “Irish democracy”.

    While the idea of an armed uprising against an oppressive police force has a certain appeal, it’s never going to happen. There are too many people who are blinded by hero-worship or the fear of an authority vacuum. Generations of Americans have grown up in a culture suffused with the message that the government exists as the first and best option to fix anything that goes wrong, and cops are the blue-collar Joe Sixpack heroes that stand between us and howling chaos. Plenty of cops believe that, too. Hell, Officer Kittenbane here probably thinks he was doing the community a real service.

    None of that changes until the culture changes. As long as there’s a space for the kind of police we have today, it will be filled. The goal should be to eliminate that space, and you do it by peaceful noncompliance and by communities solving their own problems without the help of the local constabulary.

    The lady whose kids watched Ofc. Barbrady shoot a litter of kittens in her backyard CALLED THE GUY, learning a valuable lesson about what happens when you seek help from government officials while simultaneously giving the guy a reason to be in the office that day. Had she, you know, trapped the kittens herself and taken them to the local shelter she could’ve avoided the whole thing. Once you start handling things “in-house”, not just individually but as a community, you people like Accorti irrelevant.

  18. It’s 70 yards. 210 feet, roughly. Am I stupid in thinking that a bullet can travel 210 feet into a home and kill someone?

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