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Baltimore police officer slashed dog's throat, authorities say

Someone's dog escapes and bites a person. Happens all the time. What's the usual response? The police or Animal Control secures the animal with a pole leash and takes it in. Right?

The same day, officers responded to a call that a dog had bitten a woman. The dog was Nala, whom police restrained using a pole around her neck, authorities said.

Shortly afterward, Officer Jeffrey Bolger cut Nala's throat with a knife, even though she was contained, according to police spokesman Eric Kowalczy.

Says the police:
"It was a complete violation of protocol," Kowalczy said. "It's not often police speak out against one of their own, but we are all truly appalled."
The punishment was swift:
Bolger . . . was suspended without pay, arrested and charged (with felony animal cruelty charges), the Police Department said.
I don't have a lot to say about this as I am completely flummoxed. Just one thing - since slashing the throat of a dog is appalling enough for officers "to speak out against one of their own", what the hell will it take for them to speak out against the violence "their own" commit on fellow human beings for no better reason than this?

Originally posted to Attack Gardener on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 10:11 AM PDT.

Also republished by Police Accountability Group and Maryland Kos.

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