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Facebook Video Shows Minneapolis Police Shooting Family Dogs in Backyard

"He was wagging his tail. My dog wasn't even moving, lunging toward him or anything."

A Minnesota family is facing thousands of dollars in veterinary bills after a Minneapolis police officer climbed into their backyard while responding to a burglar alarm and shot their two dogs, neither of which appeared to be charging him.

A Facebook video of the Saturday shooting posted by the dogs' owner, Jennifer LeMay, shows a Minneapolis Police Department officer walking into her backyard after climbing over a 7-foot-tall privacy fence. One of the family's Staffordshire terriers runs toward the officer, who backpedals and draws his gun. The dog stops, looking confused, and then trots toward the officer again, wagging its tail. The officers shoots the dog, which flees, and then the family's other terrier as it runs up into the frame.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, LeMay's two teenage daughters arrived home on Saturday night and accidentally tripped the burglar alarm. LeMay, away from the house, called the security company and deactivated the alarm. Two Minneapolis police officers arrived shortly after, but instead of knocking on the front door, one went around to the back yard.

Watch the video of what happens next:

The Star Tribune reports:

LeMay said her 13-year-old daughter saw the entire incident from her upstairs bedroom.

"He was wagging his tail," LeMay said of Ciroc. "My dog wasn't even moving, lunging toward him or anything.

"My dogs were doing their job on my property," she said. "We have a right to be safe in our yard."

After the dogs' shooting, another officer knocked on the front door. The 18-year-old explained that she'd triggered the alarm and that it had been deactivated.

The family didn't instantly take the dogs to the emergency vet because police told the family that "animal control" would be there in minutes to assess the dogs' medical needs. No one showed up, LeMay said.

The LeMays ended up taking their dogs to an emergency vet. Both survived, although LeMay now has thousands of dollars in bills. The two dogs are emotional support animals for her two sons. The Minneapolis Police Department has apologized to the family and released a statement saying it is investigating the Facebook video and the officer's body cam footage.

These types of shootings happen regularly, athough how often is hard to say, since dog shootings are generally not tracked outside of local media reports. In the past, these shootings were mostly a PR problem for police departments. Now they're also exorbitantly expensive for municipalities (and taxpayers). Plaintiffs suing departments have began receiving not just compensatory damages but also punitive damages for emotional distress. This May, a Maryland jury awarded $1.26 million to a family whose Chesapeake Bay Retriever was shot and killed by an Anne Arundel County deputy—the largest ever verdict for a police shooting of a dog.

As I reported earlier this month, there are currently three ongoing federal civil rights lawsuits against the Detroit Police Department for shooting family dogs during marijuana raids. Last year the department settled a similar lawsuit for $100,000.

Although a small number of states have passed laws requiring police officers to receive some training on dog encounters—spurred by incidents like the shooting of LeMay's dogs—most police officers still aren't trained to read canine body language, leading to fatal encounters when they meet in close quarters. And police and dogs are interacting more than ever, due to the explosion in pet ownership over the last few decades and the rise in search warrant executions. Without better training to avoid outcomes like this one—or, in cases like Detroit's, a drastic change in how police aggressively fight the drug war—these shootings will continue.

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  • BestUsedCarSales||

    No nod to Crusty from the AM links? Pretty messed up guys.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Even if Reason gave hat tips, everyone knows that just nodding to Crusty opens a whole can of worms. And you do NOT want to know what that's a euphemism for.

  • Crusty Juggler > You||

    I'm glad someone cares.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    These type of shootings happen regularly, athough how often is hard to say, since dog shootings are generally not tracked outside of local media reports. In the past, these shootings were mostly a PR problem for police departments.

    For better or worse, I can imagine that a tremendous amount of dog shootings would upset people more than all the police shooting of people. So they can't let that information out.

  • Princess Trigger||

    Well, yeah. We like dogs.

  • ToCa81||

    Well most people who have dogs are very attached to them, myself included. Other people, on the other hand, are just something we have to tolerate.

  • BambiB||

    I like most dogs more than I like most people.

    Dogs don't lie to you. Their motives are out in the open - they want something to eat, to play, to have their ears, butts and bellies scratched.

    If something like this happened with my dog, the hole going in would be .308 caliber and they probably never would find all of the cop's brains. 100% certainty he'd never shoot another dog.

  • Calvin Coolidge||

    It's a cop. Not many brains to look for in the first place. Not athletic enough for an NCAA scholarship, not smart enough for an academic scholarship, so they go into Pig work in order to still be able to push people around without consequences.

  • SomeGuy||

    100% agreed...If my dog or family member gets shot my retired ass is going postal.

  • IceTrey||

    Well 100 dogs are shot everday.

  • Paloma||

    I'd certainly hope so.

  • josh||

    "For better or worse, I can imagine that a tremendous amount of dog shootings would upset people more than all the police shooting of people. So they can't let that information out."

    It would...

    I remember talking about the show 'Person of Interest' with some people back in the day, and when we were wondering who would survive, we were in agreement that it didn't matter as long as the dog (Bear) lived happily ever after.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    How does it go...?

    Don't wanna be a thug, don't wag your tail?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Run up to a cowardly cop like a pug, get shot like a pug?

  • Paloma||

    HELL yeah.

  • Dillinger||

    goddam this shit pisses me off. who shoots a dog? do your job without killing pets, ladies.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    We all would appreciate that if the police must break into someone's backyard unannounced, that they could at least do so without killing any pets.

  • Dillinger||

    yeah what you said...much less nicely.

  • Paloma||

    They SHOT them, they didn't actually kill them.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Luckily neither dog was black.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    They should crowdfunding the fee for the hitman that should be hired to deal with the cop in question. Piece of shit.

  • Calvin Coolidge||

    Sell rights to piss on the corpse after the pig is dead.

  • Get To Da Chippah||

    "We checked, and we decided we did nothing wrong. Here's some taxpayer money to shut you up."

    /prediction

  • Cynical Asshole||

    "Something about 'procedures were followed' followed by something about 'more training is needed' blah, blah, blah..."

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    Watch the video of what happens next:

    I will not, thanks. The written description is sufficient.

  • Dillinger||

    If it's not a death-ray for Officer Friendly from a ufo driven by 7-foot tall Staffordshire-type aliens, I don't wanna know.

  • BearOdinson||

    So how many asshole things were done:
    1. Cop climbs over fence due to burglar alarm. Without first ringing the doorbell. After the owner called and cancelled the alarm. (A burgler alarm at a house is probable cause that a crime is being committed?)
    2. Pulls gun on dog wagging its tail.
    3. Shoots dog wagging its tail.
    4. Shoots other dog just to be safe.
    5. Tells family "animal control" will be there within minutes (nobody showed).
    6. Has "animal control" rather than a vet even involved.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Do you ever get the sneaking suspicion that these officers are not competent?

  • BearOdinson||

    I guess it depends in what areas they are expected to be competent.

    Are they competent and destroying property, wounding people and killing pets? They are top notch.

    Are they competent and actually "serving and protecting" the community? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • BambiB||

    They get a lot more "competent" when people start blowing them away for killing their dogs. Guar-an-fucking-tee you that if for every 10 tail-wagging dogs shot by useless piece-of-shit cops someone blew an offending cop's head off it would STOP.

    Years back, in Miami, "no-knock" raids were all the rage with the local pigs. One night they pulled a raid on a wrong address. Supposed to be a "drug" house, but instead, it belonged to an elderly couple. The man heard the door being broken down, the obligatory yelling "police! police!" and leveled his 12-gauge shotgun down the hall and macerated the head of the lead pig.

    The cops called for the guy to be prosecuted, but there were just two problems with that: The cops had the wrong address (and hence, no right to be in the house) and their calls of "police! police!" were just the sort of thing the old gent expected a GANG to yell if they ever invaded his home (which they did - just a different gang than he expected). The prosecutor declined to prosecute - and "no knock" raids decreased markedly in number immediately thereafter.

    With cops shooting friendly dogs, I for one would vote "not guilty" for any owner who killed the offending cop. If 1 in 12 people were to take that approach, the dog owner would be acquitted as often as not... which would be salt in the wound that the pigs would remember. Your aggressive, violent pig is worth less than a dog. Deal with it.

  • No Yards Penalty||

    that's a feel-good story if there ever was one.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    He basically showed up, went into the back yard, shot the dos for no reason, and then left.

    WTF?

  • Paloma||

    But he went home safely! That's what matters.

  • Calvin Coolidge||

    Just killing time until his shift ends and he can go home and beat his wife.

  • Unconscience||

    eats shoots and leaves

  • Finrod||

    They're search warrant executions, all right.

  • Mr. Smacky||

    To Serve and Protect *My Own Ass

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    Why the fuck does anyone need special "training" to know that a dog wagging it's tail isn't a threat of death or grave bodily harm, unless you're a germophobe who's scared of getting licked?

  • Cynical Asshole||

    The "training" bullshit is just an excuse to request a bigger budget.

  • BearOdinson||

    I just watched the video. I hope this fucking cop dies a long, slow, agonizing death. And is condemned to the worst levels of Niflheim where Hel can torture his ass for ever.

    What the fuck ever happened to ring the doorbell and just see if something looks hanky before doing anything. Especially since the alarm was properly cancelled.

    I mean WTF!!!!

  • ToCa81||

    Seriously, that shit made me sick. I know it's not right that watching a dog get shot bothers me more than watching people (adults anyway) get shot, but it does. I can't help but picture my own pups in that situation. I would definitely be going to prison in the aftermath of something like that.

  • BambiB||

    I hope he doesn't take too long to die. Eaten to death by ants or slow-roasted on a spit would be okay - but I don't want him to live long enough to die from eating too many doughnuts.

  • Cloudbuster||

    I'm sympathetic to the family, and the cops had no business climbing the fence into that yard or shooting the dogs taht had a right to be there, but this sentence is just a bunch of crap:

    The two dogs are emotional support animals for her two sons.

    The entire "emotional support" animal thing is simply a crock.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    It depends. There are definitely situations where it is realistic. There is ample evidence, for instance, of support animals having significant benefits to severely autistic people. That they can calm them and such.

    I do think it has increasingly been a way for people to get around the fact that people don't want them to bring a german shepherd into a jewish deli.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    You know who else introduced German shepherds into situations involving Jews?

  • Dillinger||

    Lee Duncan?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    The Israelis to protect military installations?

  • ||

    There is ample evidence, for instance, of support animals having significant benefits to severely autistic people.

    Not to deny anyone their pony. It's crappy science at best. The studies I've seen weren't very sizable, didn't have non-treatment control groups, didn't have any sort of false positive control group and/or didn't do any sort of longitudinal testing or follow up.

    Turns out, you give a sad kid a puppy, they cheer up for a little bit*.

    *Efficacy relative to emotional support candy, emotional support video games, and emotional support shutting them the hell up TBD.

    It's a bit like the Oregon insurance study where they found that nobody was cured and no real outcomes changed getting paid made people feel better.

  • BambiB||

    Are you too much of an asshole to consider that they may be beneficial in psychological ways that you have not considered? For example, (and I'm winging it here), suppose someone is extremely self-conscious. Having someone else pay attention to the dog takes the pressure off. The dog becomes "common ground" for an interaction between two people. As the interactions become more frequent, the presence of the dog becomes less important. Viola! Dog therapy.

  • ||

    Are you too much of an asshole to consider that they may be beneficial in psychological ways that you have not considered?

    You're the one handing them a crutch and calling it a day. I'm the one who looks at them and says they should be able to walk normally without a crutch and/or that they can learn to do so. Who's the asshole? Nothing says, "I'm valuable as a whole, normal person." like sticking them on the ass end of a dog for comfort. I use dogs to track and hunt animals that I can't otherwise see, hear, or smell. I know it works because I come home with more prey when I do. All these studies, rarely is any sort of empiricism or similar rigor applied. The Westminster Dog Show is more scientific than the science underlying the AAT.

    I'm not mandating that dogs be banned or that puppy and pony rentals require licenses. I'm just factually pointing out that puppy farts don't magically cure autism any more than unicorn farts do and, if there is some limited amount of time/money to be spent treating and/or curing autism, puppy farts are detracting from it. No different from any of the artisanal organic grocery items mockery that goes on around here.

  • swampwiz||

    That Oregon Medicaid story is a CROCK OF SHEET!

  • Eek Barba Durkle||

    The entire "emotional support" animal thing is simply a crock.

    Wanna know how I know you're both ignorant, and an asshole?

  • ||

    Wanna know how I know you're both ignorant, and an asshole?

    Right because kids who don't fit in or feel normal are *best* treated with ponies. I mean, sure, there's no possible way it will physiologically cure them and, sociologically you're really kinda alienating them but, anyone who thinks ponies and puppies isn't the way to go is an asshole.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    SOMEBODY doesn't understand the whole concept of pets.

  • Reverend Draco||

    A big steaming crock.

    "The two dogs are emotional support animals for her two sons." Because she's incapable of giving emotional support.

  • BambiB||

    Entirely possible.

  • Paloma||

    I agree the emotional support animal thing is a crock. But police get really really bothered if someone shoots a police dog. They'll even hold up traffic to give it a funeral. That's also a crock.

  • BambiB||

    And in some states, shooting a police dog is prosecuted the same as shooting a cop.

  • Calvin Coolidge||

    That's not fair. People might care if the police dog gets shot. Shooting the pig is just one less pension the taxpayers have to cover.

  • Crusty Juggler > You||

    We are in the process of reviewing the video posted online, as well as the officer's body camera video."

    I hope the paper follows up on this investigation when the results are released six months from now.

    "Officer Sketchy Motherfucker hopped in the backyard of the garbage house in the garbage neighborhood to investigate the burglary. He strolled around an open area for a few seconds, saw a dog run toward him, and then stop at least five feet away. Sure, the officer could have then hopped back over the fence, but instead he shot the dog, and then his dog pal. Officer Sketchy Motherfucker then did what sketchy motherfuckers do, which is look to sketchy as fuck."

    One-week paid leave.

  • ||

    most police officers still aren't trained to read canine body language

    Most 5-year olds are. Since these officers presumably passed kindergarten it seems reasonable to expect them to be capable of managing a situation grade schoolers are already on top of.

    Since these settlements come of the taxpayers pockets and not the actual perpetrators there is no reason it will ever change.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Yeah, but this way they can fuck the taxpayers twice: once when they pay the settlement, and then a second time when they get Mayor McFuckface and the City Council of dickcheeses to increase their training budget because "NEED MOAR TRAYNEENG!"

  • Conchfritters||

    You live in Minneapolis? You just nailed the mayor city council. Fucken amateur night.

  • Eek Barba Durkle||

    I got charged by a Boxer when I was out running Saturday. Somehow, I managed to end up rubbing his head and asking him who's a good boy about 4 seconds later. His owner eventually showed up with a leash, and let me know that SOMEBODY was trying to avoid a trip to the vet.

    'Training' is the bullshittiest excuse there is for murdering someone's pet.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    You should have done a sweet roll to a prone position and just unloaded on the dog. Sounds like you don't really care if you go home that night.

  • Dillinger||

    >>>'Training' is the bullshittiest excuse there is for murdering someone's pet.

    billboard.

  • BambiB||

    Now THERE'S a crowd-sourcing idea I could support! How about a billboard with a frame of the cop shooting the pooch and a line that reads, "Pigs shouldn't shoot tail-wagging dogs"?

  • The Last American Hero||

    I delivered papers from age 11-14. Had literally hundreds of canine encounters. Nipped once by an over-excited puppy that didn't have much control. Survived to tell the tale.

    I probably weighed all of 100 pounds, no body armor, no hand to hand training, no gun, flashlight, pepper spray or weapon of any kind, no backup.

    I throw this story in the face of every copsucker who talks about having the balls to do a ride-along. They probably think I'm either making the story up or had balls of steel.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    If paper boys were still around they would be shooting them too.

  • Paloma||

    They're not trained to read cat body language either. Or horses. Or gerbils. Or canaries. Just how many animals' body language do they have to be trained to read? How about if I keep an alligator in my backyard? Do they have to be trained to read alligator language?

  • Uncle Jay||

    RE: Mosul Has Finally Been Liberated From the Islamic State

    Obviously the cops were locked out of the gun range and had to qualify with their firearms somehow, someway.
    One shouldn't be too judgmental.

  • Mickey Rat||

    The officer is investigating a possible robbery on the premises. The purpose is to ostensibly protect the property on the premises. The "property" the officer is protecting includes the dogs. The officer failed to do his job here in spectacular fashion.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    If he'd gotten a splinter while climbing over the fence, would have have driven his cop car through the fence and demolished it?

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Probably shouldn't give these fuckers any ideas.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Hey, it was a vicious attack fence!

  • Reverend Draco||

    Ban Assault Fences Now!

    (fo' da chilluns, of course)

  • Cynical Asshole||

    According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, LeMay's two teenage daughters arrived home on Saturday night and accidentally tripped the burglar alarm. LeMay, away from the house, called the security company and deactivated the alarm. Two Minneapolis police officers arrived shortly after, but instead of knocking on the front door, one went around to the back yard.

    Why were the cops sent since the alarm was cancelled by the home owner? I know the security company that I use has a policy that they only dispatch the cops if the home owner requests it (they call the house phone followed by the cell phone if no answer) or if they're unable to get a hold of the home owner or if someone does answer the phone and they give the wrong pass word.

    Hell, I've set the alarm off by accident a few times and if you enter the code on the keypad within a few seconds of tripping the alarm they don't even bother with calling. Why couldn't the daughters have turned the alarm off at the control panel? Did they not know the code? If not, that's really stupid.

    All that being said, fuck this panicky bitch-ass cop.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    On top of everything else, this law enforcement professional is a terrible shot.

  • Cyto||

    He at least hit the target. Sure, it was only about 10 feet and stationary, but the adrenaline rush of a wagging tail....

  • Rubbish!||

    That's what I thought. He didn't maim the children in the house with errant shots. That's a win for the public.

  • ace_m82||

    It's simple, one kneecap for every dog you shoot for no reason.

    Sounds like a good "compromise" right?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    The problem with that is, most cops only have two kneecaps.

  • ace_m82||

    I hear they heal, right?

    Also, after that much pain, how many would do it more than once?

  • BambiB||

    They don't heal if you do it right. Kneecap the SOB with a CHAINSAW!

  • Josh The Radio Dude||

    The cops' War On Dogs continues; inhuman pieces of filth.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Hot Dog!

  • Cyto||

    I will say this in defense of the officer. He did not appear to have a single clue as to how to deal with the animals. He looked very confused as he was backing away during his initial encounter. He may be from a part of the country where they have banned dogs.

    And for the homeowner, those are the world's worst guard dogs. They are just like my dog, they seem to like everybody. If the officer had stopped for a moment and knelt down, I believe they would have showered him with doggie kisses.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    "Agh! Agh! Poison dog lips! Get hot water! Get disinfectant!"

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    I will say this in defense of the officer. He did not appear to have a single clue as to how to deal with the animals

    That was clear the moment he drew his pistol and fired.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I'm a trained veterinarian, working with dogs almost every day. I feel that I as much as almost anyone knows how to deal with animals. And still, when I see a dog about 15% of the time I draw and fire. So cut some slack guy.

  • Conchfritters||

    Interesting point. You would assume that all officers were familiar with dogs, but on the Minneapolis police (and most major metropolitan) force you have people who come from cultures where it is socially acceptable to eat dogs, some where it is socially unacceptable to ever even touch a dog, and others who think of them as their best friend. Still, fuck that asshole.

  • Don't look at me.||

    Should be able to drop a dog in one shot at that distance. Hate to go deer hunting with him.

  • harrys ghost||

    Actually, hit the first dog in the face (its picture made the paper). To the left of and below the left eye. Going to cost $5000 to $7000 to put its jaw back together. Pretty tough dog.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Hopefully the city will pay the family $50,000 without admitting any wrongdoing.

  • BambiB||

    Notice how long he took to aim?

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    the fucking fuck?

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    If that had been my house and dogs, I'd have made a personal project out of that officer.

  • Room 237||

    A friend of mine was a postman for a while. Whenever he had an encounter with a dog (surprisingly a rare occurrence) he would use mace. That was enough to get the dog to wonder off.

  • 68W58||

    I knew a retired game warden who said that if you sprayed some on your pants leg a dog would not come near you. How hard is that to figure out?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    How is it that "going postal" employees kill less dogs than police?

  • BambiB||

    And while the dog was wondering, "What they hell was that??", he'd wander off too.

  • 10mm||

    I was on board with the outrage until "emotional support dog".

    Sorry, those need to be put down. The police were just doing the lord's work.

  • IceTrey||

    What is it about putting on a badge that makes someone a coward in regards to dogs? These are the people that are supposed to run towards gunfire but can't deal with a dog?

  • m.EK||

    "Not trained to read dog's body language"! Are you serious? You respond to a call and don't use the front? Securing the rear is good, but shooting a small terrier that is wagging its tail?
    Why can't these officers be held accountable? Why is it the taxpayers?

  • retiredfire||

    Maybe you should look up what a "Staffordshire Terrier" looks like.
    They're more colloquially known as "Pit Bulls".
    So, "small terrier" was REASON's typical effort to distort the story.

  • PlaystoomuchHALO||

    I'm surprised that someone hasn't sought vengeance for having their dog murdered by the police. I would.

  • Paloma||

    It's not a murder because it's a DOG. Get a fucking grip.

  • BambiB||

    And it wouldn't be murder if you slaughtered the PIG who shot your DOG.

    A firm grip is recommended when shooting any firearm. In fact, if you don't grip a .45ACP firmly, the casings can stove pipe on you.

  • No Yards Penalty||

    Enjoy those pig balls while they're lolling around in your mouth, Paloma.

  • No Yards Penalty||

    Enjoy those pig balls while they're lolling around in your mouth, Paloma.

  • Hank Phillips||

    Goodness, do you kiss your mother with that mouth?

  • JasonPen||

    Do they have a "go fund me" page for the vet bills, and eventual lawsuit fees?

  • Robert||

    I'm afraid all this publicity just encourages more cops to do this.

  • Reverend Draco||

    My dog = dead pig. No mercy.

    He'd be found in a dozen dumpsters spread over 3 counties - assuming he was *ever* found.

    Fuck these coward cocksuckers.

  • No Yards Penalty||

    It's time to disarm the pigs.
    They can't be trusted with weapons.

  • No Yards Penalty||

    It's time to disarm the pigs.
    They can't be trusted with weapons.

  • SparktheRevolt||

    If anyone ever shot my dog I would shoot them and make sure they did not live.

  • Hank Phillips||

    I believe it was Guiteau who, on trial for murdering president Garfield, argued the doctors had killed the man... "all I did was shoot him." But it would be interesting to see justice meted out to someone who shoots a First Dog, or a hound belonging to some Senator or Attorney-General. That would at least establish a baseline in jurisprudence.

  • GamerFromJump||

    Police caniphobia is a sign of the occupying force "safety uber alles" ethic that departments have solidified their position on.

    Actually, "occupying force" might not be appropriate. When the army occupies some place, they actually have *rules* governing their behavior.

  • Sanjuro Tsubaki||

    Something tells me he's on his way back to a career in mall parking lot security.

  • Sanjuro Tsubaki||

    Also makes me think twice about setting up an alarm system to automatically contact police. Firemen, sure. Retarded rookie cops who get sent on these errands, hell no.

  • Sanjuro Tsubaki||

    ...and I don't even have a dog.

  • Hank Phillips||

    Jennifer LeMay doesn't have a dog either... not any more.

  • Hank Phillips||

    That video ought to be aired on DemoGOP and police union fund-raising ads. There is the clearly-expressed will of registered voters who rejected the libertarian platform offer to enforce the rights of individuals against the cruelty of a looter kleptocracy. Witness the initiation of force by men with government guns--first against the property owners, by invasion--then against the loyal and friendly protectors of that property.

  • Hank Phillips||

    "it is investigating the Facebook video..."
    I guess those camera-shy cops will be back to shoot the child who posted the embarrassing video.

  • Davulek||

    That's why my "burglar alarm" is a 12 gauge.

  • JunkScienceIsJunk||

    There are certain prerequisites to being a cop that just don't exist right now.

    1) Can't be afraid of dogs. You'll encounter a lot of them on the job.
    2) Can't be afraid of black people.
    3) Can't assume that pot smokers are trying to kill you because you smell marijuana.
    4) You will interface with human beings regularly, so you can't be antisocial.
    5) You should probably have some sort of ethical code.
    6) You will be evaluated by your bosses on a regular basis. For reals.
    7) Must love donuts.

    Seems like this isn't an overbearing number of prerequisites. There are MANY MANY more people who want to be cops than there are positions for them, so it's a buyer's market. You could add "Your first name must begin with the letter M" and you'd still probably fill all the spots.

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