Uncategorized

I Smoke Because Cops Kill Dogs

Why do I smoke?  I smoke because it helps me cope.  I smoke because cops kill dogs.   I smoke because I help the families of those dogs.  I smoke because I feel their grief and their rage.  I witness the horror and misery as they are often  handcuffed and beaten and forced to watch and listen as their dogs die shrieking in agony and thrashing around in a pool of blood. I watch as  neighbors and friends are prevented at gun point from helping the dog.  I watch as the families fall apart.  I watch them get divorces, I watch them turn to alcohol and drugs, I watch as they pull up stakes and move away from the horror that follows them.  I watch as they struggle to pay vet bills for the ones that do survive.

cops029

I smoke because I feel their frustration and anger when nobody will help them.  I smoke because lawyers won’t take their cases; because city officials ignore them; because the cops are almost never held accountable.  I smoke because those we elected to speak for us refuse to help; because I feel the helplessness and despair of the victims.  I smoke because it helps me control my rage as I watch cops lie in the face of incontrovertible video proof; as I watch their supervisors support them in their lies.  I watch as they collapse in grief, cradling the body of their slaughtered pet.

I smoke because I feel their pain when  they have to watch their little girl’s leg get shattered by a bullet from a cop trying to shoot a dog; because they are struck in the head by an errant bullet and get permanent brain damage.  I smoke because I feel the pain of the man and child who watched their wife and mother die from being shot by a hysterical terrified cop trying to shoot their dog.

I watch.  I feel.  I grieve.  I rage.  I smoke.

 

Standard
News

Nebraska Cop Shoots and Kills Dog Chained In Its Own Yard

sophie001

A Merrick County Nebraska cop took it upon himself to shoot and kill a dog chained up in its own yard after neighbors called 911 to complain that the dog had bitten a child.

The Merrick County Facebook page released this statement:

“The Merrick County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vicious dog complaint in the 1100 block of Valmont Street in Palmer, Merrick County. Subsequent investigation revealed that the animal was identified as a American Pit Bull Mix breed that allegedly maliciously attacked a minor child on a bicycle while riding on the public sidewalk. During the investigation, it was clearly determined that the dog in fact was unprovoked, attacked and bit the minor child causing injuries.
When the Deputy responded to the residence to locate an owner or responsible adult (which no one was present) the Deputy attempted to capture the animal for quarantine (to verify vaccination records), (which was later determined that the dog was NOT current on vaccinations) and the dog viciously attempted to attack the Deputy. The dog was put down safely to prevent any further attacks on law enforcement and/or the public.
The responsible parties were contacted and notified of the situation and the animal was properly disposed of at the request of the responding responsible parties.
The Village of Palmer has ordinances in place to prevent the citizens of the municipality from dangerous animals of this breed and have vaccination requirement guidelines. The State of Nebraska revised statutes has in place certain requirements for vicious animals.
Please review the following ordinances and statutes if you have any questions regarding the animal requirements.

Village of Palmer:

Article 2
Section 3-201, 3-203, 3-204 (Animal License), 3-212, 3-213 (Dangerous or Vicious Dog; Definition), 3-214 (Dangerous or Vicious Dog; Notice; Procedure), 3-215 (Dangerous or Vicious Dog; Restraint Required), 3-216 (Dangerous or Vicious Dog; Confinement Required; Warning Signs), 3-217(Dangerous or Vicious Dog; Liability Insurance), 3-218 (Dangerous or Vicious Dog; Prohibited Acts) 3-219 (Confiscation, Destruction of Dog), 3-220 (Pit Bulls; Prohibited), 3-221 (Pit Bull; Definitions), 3-222, 3-224 (Pit Bulls; Confined or Leashed), 3-226 (Pit Bulls; Signs), 3-227 (Pit Bull; Impoundment), 3-228, 3-229, 3-330, 3-321 (Rabies Suspected; Impoundment), 3-232 (Rabid Animals; Capture Impossible)

State of Nebraska (Revised Statutes):

Revised Statute 54-617 (Dangerous Dog; terms, defined), 54-618 (Dangerous Dogs; actions required; costs; limitations on transport; permanent relocation; procedure), 54-619 (Dangerous Dogs; Confinement required; warning signs), 54-620 (Dangerous Dogs; Confiscated; when; costs), 54-622.01 (Dangerous Dogs; Serious Bodily Injury; Penalty; Defense).

This case is currently under investigation.

The goal of the Sheriff’s Office is to provide our citizens a general view of the services we provide, provide information on reduction of crime and protection, provide statistics of crimes in our county, and post current events/news activities throughout our local communities and national events.”

The owner’s account differs significantly.    She was never given a chance to defend her dog, Sophie, who was on her tether in her own yard, a fact that was omitted from the official statement.  The little boy had been interacting with her son that same day and there had been no problems with the dog.  According to the officer, the chained up dog was a deadly threat to him because she was growling and had her hackles up.  Proper protocol was not followed in this case.  She was never contacted about the incident.  When Lindenklaus arrived on the scene he told the family of the allegedly bitten child to go into their home because he was going to kill the dog.  Family members arrived home from running an errand and found their dog lying in a pool of blood.  Lindenklaus “cleaned up” the scene and took the dog’s body and threw it in the trash.

Several protocols were violated here.  First and foremost was the violation of the Fourth Amendment.  The dog was taken from the family with no warrant and no chance for them to even investigate what had happened.  Then the crime scene was tampered with by the same person who trespassed on their property and killed their dog.  Naturally they claim that no protocols were violated and that it was a clean shoot.

Local news station http://www.nbcneb.com interviewed the owner.

“I have to explain to my child why I can’t bring the dog home, and I have to explain to my daughter why she can’t sleep with this dog every night that she sleeps with,” said Rachael Dubbs.

According to witnesses the child ran into the dog with his bicycle. The child’s family did not seek medical attention. The Sheriff’s department says there is no evidence that the boy ran over the dog and his family says that didn’t happen.  Lindeklaus’s superior officer Kevin Campbell described the situtation thus:

“The dog’s hair was raised up, the tail was tucked between it’s [sic] legs. it was barking and growling as it kept lunging at the deputy. The deputy tried to turn to walk away a couple of times, and on the third attempt the dog was very close, and he had to discharge his firearm to protect himself and the rest of the public. He did it the second time to make sure the dog did not suffer.”

“How many people would have been up in arms screaming because this dog just killed someone,” Sheriff Campbell added. “If we would have left, potentially that’s exactly what would have happened.”

NBCNeb says with no animal control in Merrick County, state statute dictates that local law enforcement is in charge of situations like this.

One local animal control center, the Central Nebraska Humane Society, said they would have been happy to help if they had been called, even though that’s not required by law.

Especially because this dog was adopted from them.

“It’s devastating,” said Laurie Dethloff, the Executive Director at CNHS. “We work really hard to make sure everybody’s very healthy and has the appropriate behavior when they’re adopted from us, and as a young pup, there are plenty of things that they’re still learning that could have triggered a not-so-severe issue or a very severe issue.”

Dubbs has requested an investigation.  She asked to see the body cam footage but was told she was not allowed to see it because it is evidence.  Campbell also reported that “a couple other people” had called and reported similar incidents with the dog, but so far there is no evidence of those calls.

According to Sheriff Campbell, Lindenklaus has received threats on their facebook page, which have since been removed. “They’re saying that they’re willing to do it, are they actually?” Sheriff Campbell questioned. “Do I have to worry about my family, does he have to worry about his family because now they’re going to be targets too? That’s questions that we in law enforcement think about anyway, but it’s definitely heightened when you have someone publicly saying that.”

He said of the posts being removed, “We screenshotted it, we saved it so State Patrol could have it because we do take that very seriously….It’s sickening to think about.”

The Merrick County Sheriff’s department does not exactly have a stellar reputation.  According to the Grand Island Independent the issue of the $5,891 missing from the Merrick County Sheriff’s Department office since a 2012 audit continues to haunt that county.  Lori Sautter, a former employee who was tried for theft and found not guilty, announced in a news conference that she has filed suit against Sheriff Kevin Campbell.

Also in 2012, according to the Grand Island Independent, Merrick County Sheriff Kevin Campbell acknowledged in a settlement released on Friday that he hired his wife part time in August 2011 and was employing her full time by August 2012.  Campbell was fined by the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission for not filing a disclosure notice with the county clerk. The commission says he also failed to advertise the job as required when it became a full-time position.

A confidential source with inside knowledge of the department alleges that Lindenklaus has a history of criminal acts against the people of Merrick County.  He has been reported to the sheriff on past occasions but nothing has been done to stop him.

Dozens of pages on Facebook are dedicated to bringing this abuse to light and changing laws so that law enforcement will have to answer for shooting dogs.   An advocate group, Freeze Don’t Shoot has been helping victims of dogs shot by cops for the last year.  They provide support and counseling for the victims, set up and run Facebook pages asking for justice, and direct them to professional legal help in a variety of ways.  The organization has been fighting valiantly for these dogs.  They report that it is very difficult to get the general public to even believe that this happens, much less that it happens so often.  The group estimates that a dog is shot by law enforcement once every 56 minutes.  Put “justice for” or “justice 4” into a Facebook search and literally hundreds of such pages pop up.  The cops who do the shootings are almost never punished or held accountable in any way.

The group has set up a justice page for Sophie which garnered over three hundred likes within twenty-four hours. The outrage is not limited to the denizens of Merrick County.

 

Standard
Uncategorized

Cop Tries to Kill Dog, Misses and Shoots Four Year Old Child

ROYALTY FREE, Male police officer aiming gun, COP, OFFICER, POLICE MAN,

ROYALTY FREE, Male police officer aiming gun, COP, OFFICER, POLICE MAN,

Just putting this entire link here, more information when we  get it.  A cop in Ohio has shot a four year old child.  He was trying to kill her dog and missed.  The child is in stable condition at a hospital.  Is this going to energize the nation?  The death of Autumn Steele from Burlington, Iowa didn’t.  Aside from her family and friends nobody cared.  Nobody told the story, nobody attended her protests… Jesse Hill, the cop that murdered her, is back at work like nothing ever happened.

Is this going to make a difference?  Or the Exalted Ones going to get away with this too?  The Free Thought Project has the story.

Read the story here

Standard
Uncategorized

Cop Shoots and Kills Dog That Is Tied Up In Its Own Yard

wp039

The Muzzi family from Cleveland, Mississippi is looking for answers after a cop shot their one and a half year old yellow lab, Miller, on June 12.

Tyler Muzzi and his family are in mourning.  Tyler was trying to be a good Samaritan when he called his neighbor to inform him that a suspicious character was sneaking around his place.  Muzzi was getting ready to go to work at around 1:15 pm on Friday, when he saw the man.  “We live on a dead-end road, so we all know who should be in the neighborhood and who shouldn’t,” he added.

His neighbor called the police, who arrived while Muzzi was still keeping an eye on the lurker.  They searched the area and apprehended the suspect.  Muzzi’s yellow lab, Miller, was on a run in his yard.  The run was a wire that stretched between two trees and Miller was on a tie down that moved along the wire.  He was able to access a large area of Muzzi’s yard and about a foot onto the neighbor’s property.

After watching the man being taken away and seeing a plains clothes investigator, Greg Perkins, arrive, Muzzi resumed getting ready for work.  All of a sudden he heard three shots ring out.  Thinking the cops had shot the suspect, and knowing that he was in custody, he ran to the door to see what was going on, only to see Miller lying on the ground in a pool of blood screaming in pain.

Investigator Greg Perkins of the Cleveland Police had deemed it necessary to walk back into Muzzi’s back yard and shoot the dog.  All the other officers had been around the dog the entire time they were searching for the intruder.  The line was clearly visible, and none of them had any problem with the friendly dog.  “We do not have a fenced in backyard, so we keep Miller on a line when we are home and he needs to go out.  They saw him, knew he was there, and never asked me to put him up,” Muzzi said.

He ran back into his house and called his vet and grabbed some towels to wrap his dog in.  The cops stood around and didn’t help him until Animal Control pulled up and helped him get Miller to his car.  They made it to the vet, but Miller’s injuries were too severe for him to pull through and he had to be euthanized.

Muzzi said at that point he didn’t know who had shot his dog until Greg Perkins came up to his car and apologized.  “He said my dog tried to attack him on the line and was vicious,” Muzzi said. “I repeated over and over that I didn’t understand. He was attached to a line. He said he didn’t see the line when he saw Miller, he said Miller was rushing towards him.”

The officer was given a paid vacation while the city investigates the incident.

Folks, this is an amazing family.  I have been in contact with them since the day after it happened, and they are handling this awful situation with grace and dignity.  Their world has been turned upside down and they are grieving deeply.  They have set up a Facebook page, Justice 4 Miller Muzzi and a petition to ask for justice.  Their page has taken off like wildfire, they are receiving thousands of messages of support and love.  Within two days it had 4,000 likes.  Please visit the page and like and share to show your support for them.  They are determined to see that this does not happen to any other families.  They are advocating for change.  Cops kill a family pet at an estimated rate of one every hour.  These are not isolated incidents.  It is an epidemic and it HAS to stop!

The Muzzi family has now filed a Notice of Claim with the city threatening litigation as a result of this incident. The Cleveland Current says, “Because of the threatened litigation, the city is limited in the comments it can now make regarding the matter. However, the City does wish to express its sincerest condolences for the loss of Miller Muzzi. Additionally, the City has determined that it will schedule, as soon as possible, animal behavior/sensitivity training for all employees who may come into contact with animals as a part of the City duties.”

Standard
Uncategorized

Cops Shoot And Kill Woman’s Dog After She Calls Them For Help

ROYALTY FREE, Male police officer aiming gun, COP, OFFICER, POLICE MAN,

ROYALTY FREE, Male police officer aiming gun, COP, OFFICER, POLICE MAN,

An Orange County, Florida woman’s dog is dead after being shot by the people she called to help her.  Deborah Jones, who lives in the Tymber Skan condominiums, called for help after an argument with her boyfriend.  She waited hours, but the cops never responded.  She and the other residents of the home eventually departed, leaving the dog, Itchygo, in the house alone.  When she returned she found deputies surrounding her home and her dead dog wrapped in a blanket and paperwork authorizing the county to pick up the dog’s body.

The cops had finally responded to her call.  As they attempted to gain entrance to the house three of the neighbors tried to tell them that no one was home.  They refused to listen, suddenly gaining a sense of urgency that apparently wasn’t there before.  They kicked in the door, and claiming that the dog attacked them, shot and killed him.  What exactly did they think was going to happen?  The department excuse maker public information officer said that because of the nature of the call they had to force their way in and the dog charged them.  They claim the call had not been canceled so they needed to act to protect the woman.

“That’s his house. This is his house. He’s got to protect this house,” said Jones’ daughter, Kita Williams.  “If three neighbors are telling the officers no one’s here, that don’t give you proper cause to continue coming in.”

Whether or not there was “just cause” to kick the door down is not the issue.  The issue is the continuing willingness on the part of police departments across the United States to gun down what seems like every dog they see.  A dog or other family pet is killed by police at a horrific rate one of every fifty six minutes.  That’s twenty-four dogs a day.  The cop apologists can call this an “isolated incident” or “rare happening” all they want.  The numbers are clear and they are horrifying.  This is nothing but slaughter.  It is not rare, it is not isolate and almost never justified.  Video after video shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that deadly violence is the first response the majority of the time.

No cops have been killed by dogs in the last fifty years.  This knee jerk response of utter terror is ludicrous.  If a grown man (or woman in some cases) is so terrified by a dog, they should NOT be in a position where they will encounter dogs on a regular basis.  It is inexcusable to kill, kill, kill as the first and only answer.  In some cases police have prevented bystanders from coming to the aid of wounded dogs at gunpoint.  That is just vicious.  I don’t care whether they want to “preserve the scene”.  Not allowing wounded dogs to be helped and forcing them to die terrified and screaming in agony is unacceptable.  This has to stop.

This continues to happen and the cops continue to fuss and whine about how nobody trusts them and they are scared to do their jobs.  Ya think?  Maybe if they stopped killing dogs, stopped lying about it, and actually took responsibility for their actions, and maybe if their superiors held them personally accountable, and maybe if they actually honored their oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America there wouldn’t be such distrust and hatred surrounding them.

There is no room in a police force for cowards and psychopaths, but it appears that such is the case.  If they don’t like the perception of them, guess what, guys.  It’s up to you to change it.  You and nobody else.  Man up.  Take responsibility, admit you are wrong and do the right thing.  You are not killing dogs because you have to.  You are doing it because you can and you get away with it.  One of these days you will shoot the wrong dog and there will be hell to pay from an angry owner and then you’ll all feel sorry for yourselves again and laud the injury, or worse, death of a “hero”.  I suggest you don’t provoke that.  Stop killing our dogs!

Standard