Ah, the hunt.
Instead of rifles and stealthily stalking the prey, it’s body armor, pistols and battering rams. Instead of the forest or tundra, this prey is in a fenced yard, closed in a bathroom, or running away in the living room.
It’s a tough sport and the big game hunter must always be vigilant and always shoot first, because who knows what this ferocious beast, who spends his entire day playing with little children, might do to a grown man in body armor.
As always, Radley Balko documents the hunt…
Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force agents, aided by a uniformed Willits police officer, serving a search warrant at 64 Franklin Avenue on July 27, shot and killed a family pet, an 8-year-old half-pit bull mix named Tonka.
When agents searched the home, they found nothing directly linking the residents to the arrest of Craig Anthony Gelber, the target of the search, according to MMCTF Commander Bob Nishiyama. […]
According to resident Anna White, Tonkaâ€™s owner, the police shot her pet while it was in a fenced area on her front porch. â€œWe found the shell casing outside by the fence area. Tonka then ran into our house, got onto my bed and died.â€
White described her bedroom following the search, claiming Tonkaâ€™s body had been dumped from the bed onto the floor and items from her room dropped onto the body and into the dogâ€™s blood. â€œThey destroyed our house and found nothing,â€ says White. â€œTonka lived long enough to die on my bed, which we shared each night.â€
Meanwhile, we go to Prince George’s County, location of the slaying of Payton and Chase. In case you’ve forgotten…
Prince George County SWAT, intercepting a package of marijuana addressed to Mayor Cheye Calvoâ€™s wife Trinity, and knowing that criminals were addressing packages to innocents and intercepting them, nonetheless burst into the Mayorâ€™s home without even enough investigation to know he was the Mayor or even notifying local police, shot the two dogs (Chase was running away from them when they killed him), and kept the Mayor and his mother-in-law handcuffed on the floor for hours in their dogsâ€™ blood.
Well, last night, Sheriff Michael Jackson said:
“Quite frankly, we’d do it again. Tonight.”
For more outrage, see Radley’s Federal Cop Shoots Dog at a Dog Park. No Charges.