Monday, October 8, 2018

Even More K-9 Berserkery

It must be going around. Another dog cop has run amok and earned himself an early grave by putting the crunch on his handler, according to this story in the Waco, TX Tribune Herald.

This seems to have been a rather serious attack on the part of the as-yet-unidentified Belgian Malinois but even so shooting it to death is a drastic measure that points out how dangerous these animals can be in their normal duties. It's curious that the handlers that train these creatures, and are trained themselves to carry out this training and use in the field, apparently have no other method available than killing the dog when it does what it is trained to do to crime suspects.

Texas law states this:

(5) a felony of the second degree if the person commits an offense under Subsection (b)(6) or (7) by:
(A) killing a police service animal or engaging in conduct likely to kill the animal;
(B) injuring a police service animal in a manner that materially and permanently affects the ability of the animal to perform as a police service animal;  or
(C) engaging in conduct likely to injure a police service animal in a manner that would materially and permanently affect the ability of the animal to perform as a police service animal.

Maybe if a cop shoots a cop dog, even though the dog is a cop himself, it's OK, although it's a crime for a non-cop to even resist a K-9. Parenthetically, what happened to the deceased dog? Was he given a state funeral with thousands of other handlers and cop dogs from all over the country in attendance, as is so often the case when a human cop falls in action? Is a marble headstone being planned for his grave site? Surely there will be a marked grave. The idea that it will be disposed of in some dishonorable manner is too disgusting to contemplate.

 Will a parking ramp or other city facility in Waco carry the name of the dog? Perhaps portraits of the dog can be hung in the primary school classrooms of McLennan County.

For sure the Lone Star flag must flown at half-mast for a period of time to honor the K-9.


Thursday, October 4, 2018

No Responsibility For Dog Cop Attack

This story in the Indy Star website gives the 411 on the latest in another horrific police canine incident. A seven months-pregnant lady standing on her own front porch is attacked by an Indianapolis K-9 resulting in permanent physical damage and a premature delivery of her child. A suit is later filed on the basis of a violation of her 4th amendment rights but the judge decides that since the cops weren't attempting to arrest her no violation of those rights occurred. The logic of the decision has some merit.

That's not the real issue, however. According to Indiana state law, police dogs are given immunity in such cases. While they're still considered police officers, they're not held responsible for their errors. If one of them chews on an innocent bystander it's just their tough luck.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Florida K-9 Killed In Action

Per this story on the website, a dog used by the sheriff's department has been killed on duty while attempting to chase down a car jacker. According to Florida law the killer could be sentenced to up to five years in prison for the third degree felony of killing a police dog.

 K-9 Fang, a 3-year-old German Shepherd who worked with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in Florida, was fatally shot Sunday in the line of duty.

Fang, the deceased dog in question, never responded positively or negatively when he was assigned to the K-9 squad. (Jacksonville Sheriff's Office)

It's remarkable that law enforcement agencies have expressed mourn at Fang's death. After all, that's his purpose, to absorb gunfire rather than that of his human counterparts.

Friday, September 14, 2018

2018 National Sports Center Velodrome All-Star Team

The 2018 racing season at the wooden track in Blaine, Minnesota has come to an end and it's time to mention the riders that have been the most impressive during this summer's Thursday Night Lights series.  

Woman's track rider of the year is Risa Hustad. In the last few seasons she's not only shown a development in form and bike handling skills, she's also become a savvy tactician who knows when to make the winning move. It's been a very good season for Risa.

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Junior rider Peter Moore dominated the category 1-2 men's field on his way to male track rider of the year and earned a trip to the Junior World Championships in Aigle, Switzerland.

Category 3 competitor Mark Stewart gets first dibs on number 29 because he's been racing at the NSC Velodrome for every year of its 29 in existence.

Carolyn Stanley seldom misses a Thursday night race and won her first category 1 event this season after moving up in class.

Youthful rider Bogdan Rylski used his high rpm cadence to become a force in the Category 1-2 men's field.

Father-son duo Dan and Dave Schueller made competition a family affair.

Lazlo Alberti, already a force on the local road racing scene, took his riding skills to the velodrome and won a bunch of cat 1-2 races.

Veteran sprinter Linsey Hamilton has spent much of the season preparing for a big effort in the Master's Worlds competition being held this year Oct. 6-12 at the VELO Sports Center in Los Angeles, CA.
Satchell Mische-Richter used his explosive acceleration to become one of the leaders in the Cat 1-2 Division.

 Colette Meller was so successful at the Cat 4 level that she moved up during the season.

Peter Olejniczak, another road warrior, has had no trouble winning his share of Cat 1-2 men's races.

Regular rider Sara Bonneville wins the velodrome fashion award for 2018.

Kristy Crouse is the Cat 4 women's state scratch race champion.

If Cat 3 rider Nathan Li challenges you to a bike race on the street, turn him down.

Kadence Hampton steadily improved as the season went by and became a threat in every Cat 4 race.

Alex Terzich is usually near the front end when a Cat 3 race is decided.

The substructure of the NSC Velodrome, itself a star of track cycling. Sadly, the 2019 season will be its last. After 30 years of exposure to the elements of Minnesota it will no longer have the structural integrity for safe racing. If you've never witnessed the action on this gorgeous facility be sure and spend a Thursday evening here watching the world's fastest human-powered sport next summer.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Dallas Cop Amber Guyger Kills Botham Jean In His Own Home

The day after the shooting death of Botham Jean in his own home by a resident of the same complex, Dallas cop Amber Guyger, Texas Ranger investigators obtained a search warrant for Jean's apartment. While there are discrepancies in Guyger's account of the incident, we're not aware of any effort to obtain a search warrant for her residence. Even as she is at liberty due to meeting a bail requirement of $300,000 and Jean's relatives find that Guyger's story doesn't add up. There's more here.

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The same conditions existed in the case of the shooting death of Justine Damond in Minneapolis, MN on July 15, 2017. When she was killed by a Minneapolis policeman in an alley  on the same block as her home, cops immediately acquired a search warrant for the premises. Perhaps that's normal procedure in a homicide investigation or any crime, regardless of the crime's proximity to the victim's home. In any event, we've never been informed of any commensurate search of the residence of either of the cops involved in the killing of Ms. Damond. And, well over a year later, both cops, including the man who pulled the trigger that released the bullet that killed Justine Damond, have yet to be involved in a court action that would declare their innocence or guilt in the matter of her death. 

More Bizarre Commercial Signage

This posted in the cosmetics section of a large, kind of important, national retailer:

 How would this be best described in one word? Pick from this list: tacky, classless, sleazy, repulsive, loathsome, abhorrent, offensive, revolting, disgusting, unclever.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A Goat On The Loose

Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul further down the Mississippi, has a big problem. Well, maybe not that big. It's the size of a goat. The goat has been wandering around town, peering in patio windows and evidently making a nuisance of itself, as this article explains. There is an APB out to the forty member police force to capture this animal before . . . .something or other. The police chief fears that the goat will wander onto one of the highways in the neighborhood and get struck by a car.

Sure, that could certainly happen, In fact, it happens fairly frequently. Not with goats but instead with white-tail deer, famous for dashing in front of speeding automobiles and often being plastered across the grille to fatal effect. The car is usually messed up as well.

Hunting deer, one of the more popular fall pastimes in Minnesota, results in the neutralization of thousands of deer that could damage new Teslas or the popular diesel 4x4 crew-cab pickups that lumber down the streets. It is, however, verboten to kill these deer in the populated areas where they're most likely to encounter a speeding car. In the rare cases where deer death is deemed the solution to a problem, they're exterminated by "professional" hunters. In this case, the pros are to be law enforcement officers, unless they can figure out some way to capture the goat and remove it to some enclosed environment.

No one worries much about other animal traffic fatalities, squirrels, rabbits, geese, ducks, possum, turkeys, raccoons, turtles and snakes, etc. Domestic dogs and cats, now treated more like children than pets, get smashed flat from time to time also. They're just the price we pay to get to work in the morning or buzz down to the C-store for a pack of smokes. And they normally don't do much damage to the Prius.

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Update: The goat has been apprehended. Inver Grove Heights police have announced that with the assistance of a local resident the goat has been captured and transported to the University of Minnesota campus in St. Paul.