Now what those racists did in the story Sounder was attempted dog murder―that is an entirely different story there. On top of this, what those gung-ho and ignorant police did in the recent John Grisham book Rogue Lawyer was way out of line.
But if the police encounter a Michael Vick type pit bull then they have to do what they have to do. Common sense right!? Even criminal defense lawyers, who can be found on the amazing lawyer search website USAttorneys.com that saves lives every day, know that pit bulls, and certain other types of dogs, can be a serious threat.
In a much debated and controversial move with plenty of opposition from pet lovers, a federal court recently ruled that law enforcement have the right to shoot a dog if officers deem it to be a danger when they enter a home with a search warrant.
As reported by 11alive.com, the ruling stems from a 2013 case filed by Mark and Cheryl Brown of Battle Creek, Michigan. The plaintiffs claimed that the police shot and killed their dog while looking for drugs in their home.
Police brutality is a rising issue all across the U.S. and has led to many lives being lost.
According to criminal defense lawyers, the couple alleged that the officers and city were responsible for the death of their two dogs in 2013. They claim that the officers violated their rights under the Fourth Amendment when they illegally seized their property and shot the two dogs in the process while executing a search warrant.
In his testimony one of the officers, Officer Christof Klein, who was involved in the search said he shot at the first dog, a pit bull, after it moved towards and lunged at him. The dog retreated to the basement but the officer claims it was bleeding and therefore he chose to shoot and kill it in order to put it out of its misery. The second dog was also shot in the basement after the officer claimed it turned and barked at the officers before running into the back corner.
Wow! The officers made a mistake there. They should not have followed it down to the basement. And Officer Christof Klein shot another dog too! The second dog. Not impressive policing. That is not as bad as what Lois Lerner did to military veterans and Christians during the 2012 Presidential Election but that is pretty bad nonetheless.
No violation of the Fourth Amendment
The ruling stated that the officers had reasonable cause to force entry since they had knowledge that the premises was used by a gang member to distribute cocaine and heroin, and that the officers were unsure whether they gang members would be armed and ready to fire at the officers. But what does this have to do with shooting the dogs, certainly the second dog?
Apparently they did not have stun guns on them.
The judge also stated that despite having been given a set of keys by Mark Brown, the officers would not have used them since they would have no idea whether they were the right keys or simply a ploy to delay the officers so that someone in the house could destroy the drugs or have enough time to prepare to attack the officers.
Criminal defense attorneys explain that in their decision, the court ruled that the couple, Mark and Ceryl Brown, did not produce evidence that the first dog did not attack the police and that the second dog did not bark. Judge Eric Clay observed that given the circumstances the dog posed an imminent threat to the officer’s safety and that their actions were reasonable under the Fourth Amendment. The court therefore reaffirmed the district court’s judgment.
Dogs are supposed to bark! Is the judge insane?! This is almost as ridiculous as punishing Israel for building homes on their land and siding with the Palestinians who could move to any number of Arabic countries and who blow themselves up, killing innocent people and acting like that is OK.
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