A recent news story has generated a shit-ton of controversy. The very short story – police arrest a dude that was interfering with an operation. Man’s rottweiler jumps out of his car. Police try to grab dog’s leash. Dog jumps at an officer. Officer shoots and kills the dog.
In case you haven’t seen the video, check it out here:
The story has created many Facebook threads sparking considerable debate. The debate seems to center around two major themes: Outrage over the owner for creating the situation and outrage over the police for shooting the dog.
I usually try to see both sides of an issue, but this one is tough. I cannot understand how the police can be blamed for this situation. A large, threatening dog couldn’t be brought under control, then jumps at an officer.
What should have been the alternative?
Interestingly, the folks that seem to be most vocal about the officer killing the dog are the exact same people that are the most ardent supporters of gun rights. You know, the people that make the claim that guns are necessary for self-defense, which is exactly what the officer was doing.
Maybe I’m just biased because I have little tolerance for those that take a crap on police, firemen, military personnel, nurses, teachers, and a host of other folks that serve the public. Maybe I’m biased because I have a lot of friends that serve as police officers, know they have families, and understand the necessity of “use of force” policies.
People go bat-shit crazy about the evils of cops… usually because of some dumbass reason. Here’s a common exchange:
Random person: “I hate the cops! They pulled me over a month ago and gave me a speeding ticket!”
Reasonable person: “Were you breaking the law?”
Random person: “Well I was speeding, but not that much.”
People love to hate on cops… until they’re in a situation where the shit hits the fan. What do the critics have to say about stories like this?
Are some police officers (or even departments) corrupt? Sure. Are some police offers asshats? Yes. Does this happen in every single other career? Of course. Should we hate on every cop because of a few bad apples?
You can probably guess my answer.
Every police officer I personally know is doing what they’re doing because they feel strongly about protecting the innocent. They risk their lives because they want to provide a safer world… usually for their own children.
Help me out readers. Can anyone provide a logical explanation of the flip side of my opinion that doesn’t start with a crazy “police state conspiracy” rant? Can anyone really place themselves in that officer’s shoes and explain how and why you’d act differently if confronted with a large hostile dog?
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