Detroit Police Continue War on Dogs

Summer brings two more cases of puppycides in drug war raids that don't even lead to charges.


Via Fox2

It's been all of two months since we've reported anything about Detroit Police shooting dogs under suspicious circumstances while perpetuating the drug war. Time for a couple more cases!

Crumbling, constantly ailing Detroit has a reputation for being a hotbed of crime and violence, but numbers from the FBI show that violence in Detroit has been dropping recently, even as other major cities have seen an uptick. It has seen a slight increase in homicides in 2016, but again, much smaller than what other major cities have been seeing.

Unfortunately whatever methods are contributing to the drop in crime don't seem to include more thoughtful community policing. WJBK, Detroit's FOX affiliate, has two new stories that have popped up since that last case Jacob Sullum reported. In each case the police shot and killed dogs in raids that don't even seem to be leading to any sort of criminal charges.

The most recent story has police raiding a family, claiming it was a "drug house." The couple had three dogs gated off in the kitchen and were of no threat. The police fired six shots at the dogs, killing two. According to the family's attorney, all six police officers in the raid copied each other's account of in their police reports, each saying that the dogs were aggressive and attacked them. But when actually asked about it, two officers gave conflicting accounts:

One said the dogs were shot because they were jumping over the barricade. The other officer said the dogs got through the barricade and were shot while attacking another officer in the living room.

Pictures taken at the crime scene tell another story entirely: pools of blood were in the corner of the kitchen, 11 feet from the barricade.

"So we've got those two contradicting statements from these two officers. Now I would have loved to have asked the other officers what happened, and maybe perhaps gotten another story or two or three, or four, but the judge didn't allow me to. Which far too many times happens in criminal cases," [attorney Solomon] Rander said.

Also of note: All the police found in the house was some marijuana, which the couple owned legally under Michigan's medical marijuana laws. The husband was initially charged for possession, but then the charges were dropped.

In another case reported in July, police again claimed to have been raiding a "drug house." In this case, according to the man who had just moved in there with his fiancée, police apparently shot the dog through a front window before even entering the house for the raid. And while the police say they found drugs, nobody at the home was charged with any drug-related crimes. They were cited with "living in a vacant home," which they're challenging in court.

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  1. If anyone touches my puppy, there will be consequences. Pit/lab mix that loves humans.

    1. As long as you live in a “nice” neighborhood, and look like you have means to advocate for yourself as an upstanding middle or better class citizen, they likely will not bother your dogs.

      But if you live and a shit hole and look like you are lower class and the appearance of your home could pass for a “drug house” your dogs are toast.

      Never mind you have nothing to do with drugs, or the much ballyhooed war on them.

      1. Cheye Calvo might beg to differ.

      2. the numbers dont bear that out. the majority of the 2500 puppycides included in puppycideDB occurred in the suburbs following neighbor complaints and/or warrantless searches. could be cities have lower dog ownership rates but we havent confirmed that yet.

    2. I hear you. If someone shot at my dog, that would be the end of them.

      1. “Yer Honor, the man wearing a police uniform took out his gun and started shooting it in my house for no good reason. He sthot my dogs. I I felt in fear of my life. Somebody who would do that could easily shoot me, too. Plus, I though “no real cop would do that; this must be a home invasion”. I was able to get to my shotgun, and I ended the threat to my life.

        I was greatly saddened to learn that he was a real cop, but once he started shooting, unprovoked, in my house, I felt like I had to protect my life. My condolences to his family; I understand it was a closed coffin funeral due to the multiple shotgun rounds to his head.”

        1. I know you don’t do “criminal” law, but if I ever go to court… I’ll call!

        2. Not guilty

    3. I think a 45 to the femur of the offender might be enough suffering to overcome my bloodlust if anyone shot my dog.

      The dirtbag better hope so…

    1. Sure they are. One’s called Rachel and the other is Shaun. The little one is Whitey Ford.

        1. “SFPD union’s dog photo called insult to Black Lives Matter cause”

          1. It’s both. It’s hilarious, and an insult to the BLM movement.

          2. Indeed. That’s hilarious.

    2. Zuul is neither white nor black.

      1. “granite”? “slate”? I couldn’t really tell with all the lighting effects reflecting off the material, but yeah, definitely not black or white.

  2. On first glance I though the subtitle was saying something about “puppycides in the water”, which drew my immediate concern.

  3. Now I would have loved to have asked the other officers what happened, and maybe perhaps gotten another story or two or three, or four, but the judge didn’t allow me to. Which far too many times happens in criminal cases,” [attorney Solomon] Rander said.

    I believe in legal circles, that would be what’s referred to as “badgering the heroes”, something that’s just not done in polite company.

  4. It pretty much comes down to this; if you live in a poor or sketchy part of town, seem to be impoverished or of limited means, and it can be assumed that you have limited ability to advocate for yourself and pay someone to do that for you, your dog is fair game for any police with a sketchy warrant.

    1. and it can be assumed that you have limited ability to advocate for yourself and pay someone to do that for you, your dog is fair game for any police with a sketchy warrant.

      I think you just described everything about how government operates in general, not just as it relates your canine occupants.

      Asset forfeiture is entirely predicated on this social structure.

      1. Agree; generally speaking, the “little guy” catches most of the shit the government and its agents like to dispense.

    2. The mayor of Berwyn Heights might have something to say about that. Seems like if cops show up to your house and you’ve got a dog, it’s pretty much a 80/20 shot your dog’s getting shot.

  5. Speaking of assholes, I’m having to make some rice and beans with my left-over pork and beans I’d made the other day because I just now realized my asshole nephew when he came over and helped himself to some pork and beans didn’t take any beans, the little shit just picked about a pound of pork rib meat out of the beans and ate that. What an asshole.

    1. Assuming the tragedy here is that it’s too late to smack the lil shit?

    2. I guess SOMEONE’S out of the will.

    3. What’s your nephew doing with the key to your house, anyway?

  6. cited with “living in a vacant home,”

    ok, I understand “squatting”, occupying a property that you have no legal justification to occupy. what the fuck is this nonsense? If someone is living there it’s not vacant, so….”FYTW”?

    1. I thought the same; so looked it up. Seems if you move into an abandoned [vacant] home that isn’t legally yours you are committing some kind of felony in Detroit; however, there are so many such places [1 in every 3 homes in some areas] neighborhoods are recruiting people to occupy them.

      1. Ok, so it basically is squatting then.

        Is it that hard to get the deed to abandoned property? I suppose it would involve *gasp* paying for it?

        1. And having to pay for inspections and bringing it up to code, most likely.

        2. The other big expense will likely be back taxes.

          1. back taxes. owed by somebody else. well, that pretty much sums up the whole abandonment issue doesn’t it.

            1. The tax liability attaches to the property.

              Yes, in the USA, we tax dirt. And the proggies want us to tax air.

              Its a frickin’ libertarian utopia.

  7. A nutpunch after 4pm on a Friday? Keep it classy, Shackleford.

  8. So we have multiple perjuries here – the falsified written reports, and the contradictory statements, and the falsification of all of the above by the photos showing the dogs cowering in a corner when they were gunned down by these animals.

    Consequences; None.

    Every time I start thinking “Ya know, maybe I’m being too hard on the cops”, I see shit like this and the baboons spraying bullets all over a neighborhood trying to kill somebody running away from them.

    Consequences, I’m sure: none, other than spending August in the air conditioning.

    Fuck tha police.

  9. ‘Living in a vacant home’?

    If you’re living in it, its not vacant is it? If its illegal to live in a home that’s vacant, then does everyone in Detroit have to leave someone in the home 24 hours a day to ensure that its never vacant?

  10. drug war raids that don’t even lead to charges.

    As long as it leads to revenue for the city, nothing will change. Hell, charges usually wind up costing the city money so this is, to city governments, the best of both worlds.

    Detroit is still spending more than it takes in, so this is what one should expect there. In any broke-ass city, it is more lucrative for the police to continue the war on drugs than it is to write speeding tickets. In a city like Chicago, if the ticket can’t be auto-generated by a camera system, you can expect no individual-officer-enforced tickets to be written (well, maybe meter maids, which is about as close to auto-generated as you can get in a manual system). So you are basically welcome to drive like shit as long as you don’t run a red light or speed in a school zone. Officers can’t be tied up in petty enforcement when there is so much “big game” to hunt instead.

    1. In other words, “revenue cops” means something very different in 2016 than it did in 1966.

    2. except, what revenue? The targets weren’t “drug houses” so there were no proceeds to confiscate.

      1. Keep the stats up and fed money flows to the department.

        1. This is why I’m terrible at generating revenue.

  11. Shooting a living being makes donut munching fat fatties feel like they’re real men. Dogs and black guys are basically video game targets for the obese morons.

    1. Looks like Tony got into Agile Cyborg’s stash

    2. Or, you know, people of any color that don’t obey.

      But you’re not wrong, in many cases.

  12. We had a puppycide down here in South Florida today.

    The news reported it pretty straight by the police version, but at least they reported it. Of course it was a drug raid. Of course the dog was a “pit bull” (which means any animal with short hair, apparently). Of course they didn’t make any arrests.

    But they did have video. And the dog was way over in the corner of the fenced yard well away from any entrances when the police killed it. And they left it laying out in the yard.

    They also ran the police claims that they tried to lure the dog away, but it wouldn’t cooperate and was too dangerous so they had to put it down.

    So we have gone from “in a firefight, you just shoot the dog rather than get distracted” to “if you are going to serve a warrant at a house, if you have the least concern about the dog, just shoot it”.

    Heroes I tells ya. Straight up heroes.

    1. It’s hard to have any sympathy for police, frankly, but I get that it’s not just a case of bad people becoming police. The war on drugs (and everything else) coupled with militarized policing means that cops are asked to do a lot more than they’re trained to do, or that they really ought to do in a free society. This puts pressure on departments to hire more police without necessarily having the budget to do so, meaning that you’re trying to hire more people at a lower wage, with the totally predictable result being that you’re going to have to lower your standards to fill the ranks. Now, you’ve got poorly-trained police, some of whom are of questionable ability or moral character, under pressure to generate arrests and being put in situations where they’ve stopped being peacekeepers and become revenuers or Prohibition agents instead. Predictable results ensue.

      1. I think this is an excellent description of the systemic problems that lead to police departments being barrels full of bad apples.

        Bad apples are still bad, though.

        1. In concept, as currently instituted, the police comprise an inherently-extortionist organization. That one can ask “how else could it be” changes neither this, nor that such a system should be seen to tend toward corruption and decay, with respect to whatever might be the perfect-world ideal.

    2. if you are going to serve a warrant at a house, if you have the least concern about feel like shooting the dog, just shoot it

  13. Any cop who lies about anything job related should face a mandatory death penalty.

    1. If deterrence is a just aim of the law, the only question is one of degree.

  14. i get paid over ?79.91 per hour working from home with 2 kids at home. I never thought I’d be able to do it but my best friend earns over ?9185 a month doing this and she convinced me to try. The potential with this is endless. Heres what I’ve been doing,…… http://www.CareerPlus90.com

  15. I understand they only hire people who are willing to do this kind of thing but wtf are these cops thinking? How do they live with themselves? Well they do have an above average rate of suicide.

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