Yes but you were saying he should have finished the dog to put it of misery. They didn’t do anything for the downed person for a time even after they shot the dog! They could have taken their time, ambulances don’t arrive instantly. Besides, the man had a seizure, he showed no signs of hitting the pavement hard. There isn’t anything you can do for a person having a seizure, just make sure they are on the ground. If the ambulance was there and waiting then I would agree that time was of the essence, but either way they are stuck there waiting. Judging by the fact that I hear the cop was actually lightly kicking the person proves that the cop did not shoot the dog to save the person, he shot the dog because he was scared that he might get bit.
The boards are a place for activists to support each other, so please be nice. 🙂
Officers that shoot dogs who pose no real threat should be charged with cruelty to animals, just like anyone else would be. Additionally, they should be subject to internal reviews and, if appropriate, dismissal from their positions.
Surprise encounters with animals are inevitable for any law enforcement official. It is vital that officers be trained in basic animal control procedures, including the proper and humane handling of animals in the field and accurate risk assessment. This is imperative for the safety of field officers, the community, and animals alike. Humane methods must be exhausted before guns are drawn.
Both the officer and the bystander moved into this dogs territory, I’ve watched the video a couple of times and the officer told the bystander to move so he/she did and it startled Star so she lunged then the officer moved in.