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Fun Red-Ribbon Week Activities

Student Injured by K-9 Officer (via Radley)

An 11-year-old male student has been treated for “minor injuries” sustained following a bite from a Brazil Police Department K-9 officer at the Red Ribbon Awareness week kick-off event at the Clay County Courthouse Thursday, officials said. […]

McQueen said a very small amount of illegal drugs were hidden on one of the juveniles to show how the dogs can find even the smallest trace of an illegal substance. He added all this was done “under exclusive control and supervision of members of the court and law enforcement.” […]

“As I got closer to the actors, Max began searching the juveniles,” according to the officer’s report. “The first male juvenile began moving his legs around as Max searched him. When the male began moving his legs, (this is what) I believe prompted Max’s action to bite the male juvenile on the left calf.”

There’s a well-trained dog: bite children if their legs move.

I guess the standard red-ribbon week activities like having the students wear different colored socks to school one day with the slogan “Sock it to drugs” just wasn’t enough any more.

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23 comments to Fun Red-Ribbon Week Activities

  • darkcycle

    The next Red Ribbon activity will be “Fun with body cavity searches”.

  • thelbert

    so red ribbon week has done more harm to children than cannabis. think of the harm caused by abstaining from pot that these cops could cause if the children listen to their horsepucky. better to have convulsions all day, than one whiff of cannabis, right gilbert?

  • Francis

    A spokesman for the Brazil Police Department told reporters that the dog had been placed on paid administrative leave pending the completion of an internal investigation — although an initial review suggests that it was “a good bite” and that “procedures were followed.” Charges of assaulting a police officer and unlawful possession of a controlled substance have been filed against the boy involved in the incident. The boy is expected to accept a plea bargain for a reduced sentence.

  • DdC

    Stop Watching Us ecp
    StopWatching.us is a coalition of more than 100 public advocacy organizations and companies from across the political spectrum. We came together in June 2013 to demand the U.S. Congress investigate the full extent of the NSA’s spying programs.

  • Jean Valjean

    OT
    This story alone should be enough to persuade even the most dense politicians that handing over the distribution and profits of the drug trade to criminals is a bad idea:
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/mexican-drug-dealer-aged-20-confesses-to-45-murders-8906034.html

    • DdC

      Sabet would say it has provided young Mexicans with career opportunities they would never have had without prohibition.

      • Jean Valjean

        And Michele Leonhart has said that the carnage in Mexico is a sign that the drug war is succeeding: “It may seem contradictory, but the unfortunate level of violence is a sign of success in the fight against drugs….[cartels] are like caged animals, attacking one another…”

  • claygooding

    I will have my red ribbon week participation as usual,,I will make sure none of the marijuana I run across gets into the hands of young people and hope that this is the last red ribbon week we ever have.

    • claygooding

      PS: the alleged “trained” dog or it’s trainer should be put down because either the dog stepped out of training to bite the child or his handler signaled the dog to bite the child,,I mean isn’t that what trained animals do,,follow commands?

  • C.E.

    “Canine officer”? A dog is not an officer. A dog is an animal. Officers may act like animals, but that does not mean that animals can be officers. Dogs are pets and work animals. They are not people. They cannot hold office. They cannot take oaths. They cannot follow written procedures. They are dogs. That the police cannot tell the difference between a real human being and a dog speaks worlds about our current approach to policing.

  • allan

    kind of a funny thing I’ve noticed in a lifetime of having and being around dogs… they really like acknowledgment and affection. A dog that lives a fairly peaceful existence can handle stress more responsibly than a dog trained to have an ‘on’ and ‘off’ switch. Some dogs are dumb as stumps, most have at least half a brain and some are outstanding, intelligent individuals. Their loyalty to those they love knows no bounds and they never forget any that harm them.

    It has been shown that when tested w/o knowledge of where drugs are planted, handlers and their dogs fail miserably.

    That they also have special abilities is obvious. It oddly seems to be those special abilities shine brightest in benefiting humans… PTSD veteran and patient companions, visitors to care facilities, cancer sniffers and children lovers… defenders…

    We are too often blinded to the real world by the glare from glitz and googaw.

  • strayan

    “When the male began moving his legs, (this is what) I believe prompted Max’s action to bite the male juvenile on the left calf.”

    These officers believe that dogs can ‘tell’ them what kind of a drugs a person is carrying so why doesn’t he just ask the dog why he bit the kid?

    Oh wait, humans can’t actually communicate with animals.

  • strayan

    Have we seen this study?

    Handlers’ beliefs that scent was present potentiated handler identification of detection dog alerts. Human more than dog influences affected alert locations. This confirms that handler beliefs affect outcomes of scent detection dog deployments.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3078300/

  • strayan

    Also here is some stuff related to a Silk Road bust that involves a dog making a false alert: http://ia801000.us.archive.org/32/items/gov.uscourts.wawd.196181/gov.uscourts.wawd.196181.1.0.pdf

    If you read this summary of probable cause you will notice two things:

    1. The first package was opened because a dog alerted (supposedly) to the presence of controlled substances “in” the package. They discovered heroin.

    2. The second package was opened because a dog (supposedly) alerted to the presence of controlled substances “in” the package. No controlled substances were found.

    • C.E.

      If you ask the dog handler, he will say without a hint of irony that the false alert wasn’t really false, because there used to be drugs in the package, or because someone who handled drugs also handled the package. Dog handlers have been trained to believe that their dogs are magical beings that never make mistakes and that never alert just to please their masters. Also, that dog handlers are magical creatures that never misinterpret the behavior of their dogs.

      Seriously, this is what they want us to believe.

  • strayan

    Sorry OT

    Mark A. R. Kleiman, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an expert on marijuana policy who was the chief adviser to Washington on its marijuana law, said the connection between alcohol and marijuana use, if borne out, would be a powerful argument in favor of decriminalization.

    “If it turns out that cannabis and alcohol are substitutes, then by my scoring system, legalizing cannabis is obviously a good idea,” Mr. Kleiman said. “Alcohol is so much more of a problem than cannabis ever has been.”

    Still, he said, it will take time before long-term judgments can be made.

    “Does it cause problems?” he said. “Certainly. Is it on balance a good or bad thing? Ask me 10 years from now.” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/us/few-problems-with-cannabis-for-california.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&&pagewanted=all

    I give Mark Kleiman a 10/10 for being a slippery SOB. Happy to profit from I-502 in Washington State then creates an ‘out’ for himself just in case things don’t go his way: “Is it on balance a good or bad thing? Ask me 10 years from now.”

    At least with Sabet you know where he stands – he profits exclusively from prohibition. Kleiman profits from prohibition AND legalisation – I find it even more galling.

  • Jean Valjean

    It’s brilliant…he hides his brazenness in plain sight..
    heads he wins, tails we lose