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Friday, August 1, 2008

Cop Makes Case to Kill Anyone Who Owns a Dog

posted by on August 1 at 12:31 PM

The raid that kicked off the Winning the War on Drugs series has gone to trial.

A white police officer told jurors Thursday he thought his life was in danger when he shot at an unarmed black woman during a drug raid, killing her and injuring the 1-year-old boy she held in her armsÖ.

“There was absolutely, positively no doubt in my mind right then and there that whoever this was is shooting at me. They’re trying to kill me,” Chavalia said.

Chavalia told jurors that he now knows the gunfire he heard was coming from downstairs, where other officers shot two charging pit bulls.

In other words, it was fine to shoot this woman and her baby because police were engaged in business as usual. Officers will typically kill any dogs encountered in drug raids—charging pit bulls or complacent Labradors. And when that happens. Blam! (The mother holding the baby, by the way, she was on her knees and apparently complying with police orders when she was killed.)

Of course, when a resident pull a gun on intruders in the middle of the night, they also do it because they fear for their life. However, thatís yet another reason for cops to kill them. So no matter who fears for their life—cop or resident, guilty or not, especially when there’s a dog at the house—thatís a reason to shoot and kill the resident. Your tax dollars at work.

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1

Again, a police state where poor people and minorities have their rights completely abrogated is not an unfortunate consequence of the War On Drugs, it is the motivation for declaring that war in the first place.

Posted by flamingbanjo | August 1, 2008 12:48 PM
2

only legalization will end this. and legalization is a long long long way off. its on the 2nd or 3rd horizon behind the bush horizon for leaving iraq.

Posted by max solomon | August 1, 2008 12:49 PM
3

The cop should be charged with Murder 2.

Posted by Greg | August 1, 2008 12:52 PM
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So, let me see if I follow the officer's logic here:

1. It is S.O.P. in drug-raid scenarios to shoot-and-kill any dogs on the premises.

2. The officer, hearing shots on the floor below him, automatically assumed they came from "hostiles", and did not for a moment consider they were "friendly fire" to take out dogs, as per (1) above.

3. Although the woman kneeling on the floor in front of him with a baby in her arms was complying with his instructions (and thus presumably unable to draw a weapon) he nevertheless determined her to be an immediate threat, and shot her, fearing for his life.

Have I got all that right?

Posted by COMTE | August 1, 2008 12:55 PM
5

I am confused was the lady a youth minister or not? If not what relevance does this story have to the Slog?

Posted by confused | August 1, 2008 12:55 PM
6

But ...

They weren't pit bulls.

No jury will believe him.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 1, 2008 12:58 PM
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Comte @ 4) Yup, that's pretty much it.

Posted by Dominic Holden | August 1, 2008 1:02 PM
8

Just being reminded of this is going to ruin the rest of my day. Bad mood = everything sucks. Joy.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 1, 2008 1:06 PM
9

This guy had better be fried. No mercy. None.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 1, 2008 1:10 PM
10

I'm sure Savage is going to be working to turn that into law. Kill anyone with a pit bull, right guys? That's what you guys want, right? Reality isn't as sexy as violent hyperbole.

Posted by Carollani | August 1, 2008 1:18 PM
11

@10 Right, but not with guns..just bare hands:)

Posted by Julie Russell | August 1, 2008 2:02 PM
12

@10: anyone with a barking dog under 10 lbs. tops my list.

Posted by max solomon | August 1, 2008 2:10 PM
13

I don't know many people under 10 lbs. who have dogs, max.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 1, 2008 2:20 PM
14

Bastards. They'd better kill me if they come in here and kill my dogs, because if they don't their asses will be sued for all the training, Agility entry fees, Flyball entry fees, and my pain and suffering. Seriously. Don't fuck with my dogs.

Posted by Nora | August 1, 2008 3:55 PM
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BTW, my dogs aren't pit bulls (they're shelties) but if EVER some kind of mistaken identity happens--like I said--you'd better kill me too.

Posted by Nora | August 1, 2008 3:58 PM
16

thanks for keeping the public aware of this Dom.

what can we do individually or as a group to change this immoral police behavior?

Posted by josh b | August 1, 2008 4:19 PM
17

the real story will be if the jury falls for this baloney.

Posted by ellarosa | August 1, 2008 11:22 PM

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