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  •  Proper training (5+ / 0-)

    The bottom line is that with a small amount of dog/ animal behavioral training and a can of dogspray these officers could've easily handled the situation without incident.

    Instead they chose to shoot and kill the dog in a public area, likely endangering observers and bystanders in the process.

    This behavior is a hallmark of our highly militarized, increasingly violent and unstable law enforcement organizations in the US.

    •  Dog spray? (0+ / 0-)

      Seriously? So, every officer should carry dog spray, whatever that is on them at all times, and should rely on that to defend them as a dog is lunging for them? and, their small amount of behavioral training will lead them to be able to calm dogs in situations like that?

      Chose to shoot and kill? You think that was a choice? That was a quick-reacting officer who was terrified by a lunging Rotwiler. He didn't make a choice. He reacted.

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      by FischFry on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 02:50:05 PM PDT

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      •  Cops don't carry pepper spray? That would've... (2+ / 0-)
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        Fieldswithoutfences, chase

        ...done enough and Max wouldn't have been killed.
        Max didn't need to be killed.  Most cops carry pepper spray (every cop I've been around, and they're in my workplace every day), there were non-lethal ways to handle this.  

        This was in no way a life or death scenario, Max was outnumbered and the officers lives were never in danger.
           

      •  RE: Proper training (1+ / 0-)
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        chase

        If the postal service can figure It out there's simply no reason the police can't.

        Coupled with proper animal training (no more than a few hours) these kind of events can be prevented, which will ultimately save the taxpayer money by preventing lawsuits against law enforcement agencies.

        He made the choice to use lethal force on Max, something a police officer should NEVER do unless absolute certain their life is in danger. They carried pepper spray and they outnumbered the dog, their first reaction should not have been to use lethal force plain and simple. Max was killed due to incompetence.

        •  Post script (1+ / 0-)
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          jfromga

          And proper training doesn't necessarily mean calming the dog, it's about knowing the rather simple psychology of a dog so you know how to appropriately react in a situation and not exacerbating it.

          Simple thing like knowing that dogs perceive sunglasses as giant predatory eyes, so they are more likely to negatively react to people wearing them.

          Training and knowledge trump blind violence every time.

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