Police Cruelty To Dogs

Acts of Cruelty by Police Officers Public
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
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It wasn’t just a mistake. It was an act of deliberate cruelty committed by a man sworn to protect the public.

When San Angelo (Texas) police officer Paul Stephens pulled over a car on I-35 for speeding, the driver, Michael Gonzalez, got out to explain he and his girlfriend were rushing their teacup poodle to an emergency animal clinic. The tiny poodle, gasping for air, was literally dying in the girlfriend’s lap.

The officer might have helped them rush the pet to the vet. Or he might - - -at the very least- - - have issued the ticket promptly and let them continue without an escort.

No, Stephens held them at the scene while he chatted with other officers and they watched their tiny pet die in Krystal’s lap.

When the puppy was dead, Officer Stephens finally handed Gonzalez the ticket.

“It’s just a dog,” Stephens told Gonzalez. “You can buy another one.”

San Marcos Police Chief was dismissive. It was just “a rookie mistake”, he said.

No, chief, it was the cruel act of a bully with a badge. That “rookie” should be fired. The good people of San Angelo don’t need miscreants like Stephens in their midst.

Perhaps a Texas attorney should consider offering his/her services to Gonzalez to bring a civil suit against Stephens and San Marcos. That might send a message to police departments throughout the country that such conduct will not be tolerated.

The conduct of the Prince George’s County (Maryland) was equally reprehensible when they raided a home in Berwyn Heights. They screwed up royally when they raided the mayor’s home on a drug bust gone awry, but that could be forgiven. Even good people make mistakes.

The dogs were not attacking or challenging the officers. In fact, one of them was trying to run away when the county LEOs shot him.

What cannot be forgiven is that they shot and killed the two Labrador retrievers in the house.

The two labs were like children to Mr. and Mrs. Calvo. They are beyond distraught. The mayor has asked for a federal investigation into possible civil rights violations. Regardless of the outcome of that investigation, the officers who pulled the triggers should be dismissed. They, like Stephens, are just bullies in blue.

Mrs. Calvo relates that, the day after the dogs were killed, a young neighborhood girl came to their home to share the grief with them. The child would see them each evening as they walked the dogs and she would wave as they passed her house. She had heard the news.

The child asked the question, “If they came to your house and shot your dogs dead, how can I trust them?”

It’s a good question.

We are reminded that acts of cruelty to animals are often precursors to crimes of sadism toward humans. We are reminded that the BTK Killer (Bind, Torture, Kill) in Wichita enjoyed status as a code enforcement officer that included “duties” as a dog catcher. Perhaps HR departments for local governments need to sharpen their pre-employment evaluation procedures to eliminate the bullies and sadists before they get a badge.

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