TRIGGER-HAPPY COPS ON DOG-SHOOTING SPREE
wnd.com / By Garth Kant / March 5, 2013
Many people consider dogs to be part of the family, and citizens in Colorado are tired of police shooting those family members.
It has happened at least a half-dozen times in the past five years, and now lawmakers have had enough.
Two Colorado state senators plan to introduce a bill requiring police departments to adopt policies and procedures for dealing with dogs.
Sens. Lucia Guzman, a Denver Democrat, and David Balmer, a Centennial Republican, say they want officers to distinguish between a barking dog and a dangerous dog.
Balmer says, “Landscaping companies, delivery companies – they deal with dogs all the time, and they don’t shoot dogs.”
The bill would require officers to take a two-hour training course and a one-hour refresher course every year. The legislation would allow pet owners to handle the pet before officers take action. It also includes exceptions for using force, when the dog is dangerous or there is a violent crime.
The bill was sparked by a series of dog shootings by police that caused public outrage.
Black Blade: Fair warning to Cops - shoot my dog I shoot you. Simple fact.