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July 10, 2005

The WaPo Looks Out For Our Furry Friends...

I can't wait to give my son a hard time about this:


Arlington County police are investigating the manner in which an officer killed a deer last month. The injured deer was suffering, so the officer, who has not been named, shot it in the head. When it didn't die, he ran over it with a police cruiser and then suffocated the animal.

How much do you want to bet this poor guy ends up in some sort of mandatory Sensitivity Training?

I'll bet they never covered this sort of thing at police academy:

ORCHARD STREET , 10700 block, June 24. A woman observed a 1-month-old goat tied to a neighbor's tree during a large cookout. Fearing that it was intended to be part of the meal, she attempted to persuade the neighbor to give her the animal. An argument ensued, and the police were called. After a discussion, the neighbor allowed the woman to take the goat to an animal sanctuary.

Posted by Cassandra at July 10, 2005 09:16 AM

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Running over the deer with his cruiser was a bit weird.
I'm no animal activist, but I think he should have tried shooting again.

Posted by: Friend of USA [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 10, 2005 10:17 AM

Disregard my previous comment, I get it now;

Guns are bad!!!

That's must be it!

Posted by: Friend of USA [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 10, 2005 10:19 AM

I don't think that officer is smart enough to be a policeman.

Posted by: Pile On at July 10, 2005 10:26 AM

I agree that is weird, but you have to admit it is funny. You have to live here to see the comical side of it - literally everywhere you go there are deer who have been hit by cars, lying by the side of the road. It is a read problem for the police - they are not small animals.

I'm sure there is some sort of regulation about discharging your firearm. Keep in mind that Arlington county cops aren't even allowed to pursue fleeing suspects...

Posted by: Cassandra at July 10, 2005 10:35 AM

One of the funniest stories I ever heard happened to one of my profs. He was a wicked gambler. One morning at zero dark thirty, he was coming back from Vegas on some deserted back road and managed to hit a wild burro.

Now as you might imagine, he'd had a few (hours ago). And hitting one of these beasts is about the same as hitting a freight train.

As the car rolled to a stop, he's sort of stunned and thanking God he's still alive. The burro is stretched across the hood of his small late-model Japanese import. Just after the car comes to rest, the burro rears its head, rolls over and crashes its head into the windshield - the final insult before dying spectacularly atop his automobile.

He rocks the car back and forth to dislodge the beast and continues driving with his head out the side window (the only way he can see, since his windshield is completely torqued).

Monday am, he's sitting on my desk at work and telling me the story and I'm laughing hysterically. By noon, I had used our office software to type up an award for bravery entitled The Order Of The Wild Ass, which we presented to him at an impromptu meeting of assembled staff.

He was not amused. But we were... extremely.

Posted by: Cassandra at July 10, 2005 10:42 AM

I feel bad for the cop.

Does that make me insesitive? And listen to me, with 20/20 in hindsight. Couldn't he have called a vet to euthanize it?

As to the thing with the goat; that makes me mad.
It wasn't the nosy neighbor's business to begin with. Since she lacked the power to take it, why call the police? It isn't police property either.
I am sorry but that is the power of the state over reaching itself.

Posted by: Cricket at July 10, 2005 05:56 PM

Well, that really gets my goat!

Posted by: camojack at July 10, 2005 07:21 PM

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