Brickbat: Good Cop, Bad Cop



San Diego police responding to a domestic disturbance call went to the wrong address, where one of them killed the homeowner's service dog. Ian Anderson said that when he opened the door after the officers knocked, his dog came up behind him. One of the officers reached down to pet the dog. The other stepped back, drew his weapon and shot the dog.

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  1. One of the officers reached down to pet the dog. The other … shot the dog.

    Good cop, bad cop, eh?

    1. I don’t get it….

    2. After killing the dog, the officer told it to roll over. Explains the other 6 shots.

  2. “The preservation of life is our top priority and this includes the lives of animals,” the statement says. “This incident is currently being investigated as any Officer Involved Shooting would be to assure proper procedures were followed. Any further comments prior to the completion of the investigation would simply be premature.”

    They hold onto those procedures quotes like a security blanket. I do like the restraint they show in making comments on guilt when it’s one of their own. Any other shooter would be named and shamed immediately.

    1. They will find that the cop which tried to pet the dog failed to follow procedures.

      1. Doubt it. All the cop has to do is utter the magical incantation “I feared for my life.”

        1. “I feared for my life so I tried to pet the dog”? Did you read my comment?

          1. We are supposed to read comments?!

            1. If not, why do I even try to snark?

              1. Same reason the scorpion stung the frog?

    2. “The preservation of life is our top priority and this includes the lives of animals,” the statement says.

      Uttering this kind of statement (“The safety of our customers is our number one concern.” “We take these matters extremely seriously.”) should be grounds for immediate dismissal.

    3. I seem to remember after a cop shot a dog in Florida that the police department were briefly honest when they said they don’t value the lives of pets at all (unless it’s a K9 that is).

      1. “Unless it’s a K9”

        Yeah, IIRC, there’s a relatively new federal law under which you can get up to 10 years in prison for assaulting a police animal.

        1. Meanwhile it’s standard procedure for them to kill your dog.

  3. We’re all dogs.

    1. YOU’RE A TOWEL!!!

      1. Wanna get high?

        1. Funky Town!

          1. That’s it!

    2. You’re all food… And some are delicacies.

  4. One of the officers reached down to pet the dog. The other … shot the dog.

    But cops aren’t dangerous psychopaths, nope, not at all. Because this is how normal people behave.

    1. Only one was a psychopath. The other tried to pet the dog and is now covering for his partner. He’s just a hypocrite, an oathbreaker and a jerk.

      1. The other one was just a psychopath who happened to like dogs.

  5. More professionalism:

    An ABC7 I-Team investigation discovered police officers in the D.C. area have been found at fault in hundreds of accidents, causing deaths, injuries and thousands of dollars in damages.

    The ABC7 I-Team obtained databases from six jurisdictions, looking at accident reports from Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland, as well as Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties in Virginia. We crunched the numbers and discovered that since 2010, there have been more than 2,300 at-fault accidents in those counties.…..09196.html

    1. I’m sure THAT story is gonna get a lot of traction in the MSM…

    2. “That’s a nice I-Team you got there. Shame if somethin’ was to happen to it.”

      DC needs a more interesting accent.

      1. DC needs a more interesting accent.

        What? Ours is a rich tongue, laced with corruption and graft.

    3. Major John Price with the Fairfax County Police Department, says, “I wouldn’t say it’s a part of doing business, but it’s a part of the process for accountability for our officers and for the county.”

      What in the actual hell. ‘I wouldn’t say it’s a part of doing business, but the rest of my sentence is going to basically say its a part of doing business.’ These clowns.

    1. “I have no fear of retaliation – that’s what keeps a lot of cops quiet,” Mikkola said.

      Free to fully remove the mask I see

  6. Ian Anderson said…

    Serves him right for “Bungle in the Jungle”

    1. “Aqualung” makes up for a lot of sins.

  7. Bloody incompetent, inhumane (and murderous) boobs.

    1. Leave boobs out of this.

    2. You misspelled pants-shitting cowards.

  8. San Diego cops are a particular type of nuts. My wife worked for the POA’s attorney for a few years so we got invited to the Christmas parties.

    They make SAE look like a bible study group.

  9. One of the officers reached down to pet the dog. The other stepped back, drew his weapon and shot the dog.

    Let’s not jump to judgment here, folks. Perhaps the second officer interpreted the petting as a furtive gesture and meant to shoot the first officer.

  10. WTF? That first video was horrible. The dog was clearly not going to attack the cop.

    How can you be a cop if you are so fucking scared of a dog that your only thought is to shoot an obviously friendly pooch?

    It should also be pointed out that 5 minutes of training would have taught him that if you are confronting a dog that you aren’t sure if it friendly or not, running or backing away quickly is a really bad idea.

    1. Really! Maybe it’s just because I grew up in a small town, but I find it hard to fathom how anybody would need training to know how to act sensibly around dogs. It’s just something that I was taught growing up, and the teaching was reinforced by daily contact with them.

      Is that it? Is the pool of people from which police officers are drawn just folks who for some reason have never been around dogs and don’t know diddly-squat about them?

      1. EAP, I agree with you. Same for me. I grew up around dogs and the town was small enough that most dogs weren’t fenced in. Just learned how to deal with them.

        My kids are the same way. Grew up around dogs and have no fear of them.

        I think that is the root cause of this is just a basic fear of dogs. Why hire a person who is afraid of dogs to work as a cop?

    2. Better safe than…who am I kidding, they aren’t sorry.

  11. After watching the video I have to say that your summary isn’t accurate. Saying “The other stepped back, drew his weapon and shot the dog.” strongly implies one or two steps back and an immediate shot. In fact there is a long series of events and the dog is shot off camera so the only evidence we have is the dog owner’s statement. There are enough legitimate cases of police overuse of force to use as examples without us jumping to conclusions on this one. We must guard against becoming the “Al Sharptons” of the liberty movement.

    1. Bullshit. I’ve kicked my share of aggressive dogs. A grown man can put the boot to most dogs smaller than a mastiff with little chance of injury and no major damage to the dog.

      A grown man carrying pepper spray and a taser? He shot the dog for pleasure, no other reason is even remotely possible.

      1. It’s amazing how much this sounds like Al Sharpton’s bunch

        1. The point is there’s no audio, video isn’t clear, and we can’t see through the house. We need the rest of the facts so we can make a logical decision about what really happened. Emotionally jumping to conclusions like this is what we criticize others for doing! Remember the name of this publication is “Reason”

    2. I hesitate to directly contradict you since I can’t look at the video right now. But as a general thing, I’m still going to call it police overuse of force unless the police can come up with evidence justifying the shooting, rather than requiring the dog owner to prove the dog’s innocence. That’s the standard that would be applied to me in a similar situation; if I shot somebody’s dog I would be obliged to justify the act. That ultimately is the issue: do we let LEOs act with impunity? Why?

  12. Isolated incident. Nothing to see here.

  13. I might point out that you are not supposed to pet a service dog. They are always on duty and they should’t be distracted.

  14. This will continue to happen as long as the badge thugs who do it aren’t punished, either by the system or by victims.

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