Let’s Try This. Since Most People Cops Kill Deserve It, What About The Dog Pets They Kill Every Day?

I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about this explicitly in a single post, though I’ve been aware of it even before Radley Balko of The Agitator blog (now Washington Post) wrote this in 2006: They Always Shoot the Dog.

Apparently, people who think that perhaps the government acted properly in invading and burning down a house of largely innocent (but admidetly weird) people get really pissed off when they learn that the federal government also slaughtered the Branch Davidian dogs. Women and children? Meh. Weirdo cultists probably deserved it. But…

“They killed the dogs? Aw, man. That’s bullshit.”

Radly was a sort of blogger-investigative journalist—whose main credit is getting Cory Maye first, off death row, then released. It was all over an absolutely righteous—stand up and say yea—killing of an intruder in a uniform, who if I recall correctly, was the son of the police chief or some other person of law doesn’t apply privilege. He was afraid for a baby daughter, not a dog, so take it with a grain of salt. After all, there’s Original Sin to consider and I believe that pets are innocent at birth, unlike human infants.

Cory Jermaine Maye (born September 9, 1980), is a former prisoner in the U.S. state of Mississippi. He was originally convicted of murder in the 2001 death of a Prentiss, Mississippi police officer named, Ron W. Jones, during a drug raid on the other half of Maye’s duplex. Maye has said he thought that the intruders were burglars and did not realize they were police. He pleaded not guilty at his trial, citing self-defense. Nevertheless, Maye was convicted of murder and was sentenced to death. Maye’s case attracted little attention until late 2005, when Reason magazine senior editor and police misconduct researcher Radley Balko brought it to light on his blog The Agitator.[1] Balko’s research raised several questions about Maye’s conviction and in particular about the reliability of medical examiner Steven Hayne, who performed the autopsy on Jones and testified at the trial. According to Maye’s supporters, his conviction also brought up issues such as the right to self-defense, police conduct in the War on Drugs, racial and social inequities in Mississippi and whether he received competent legal representation.

In case you think I just pulled this out of my ass, search the blog for ‘Cory Maye’. I was there the whole time.

But, he’s not a dog, someone’s pet, and since nobody cares much about the humans laid to waist by police and an incestuous prosecutorial system geared towards gold stars in performance files, then let’s just focus on dogs.

It’s the best I can do, since talking reason, logic, philosophical principles going back to the enlightenment and in some cases, Aristotle, does’t seem to work.


So let’s show a dog getting killed by a cop. It doesn’t quite rise to the level of a blond girl abduction—the only that matter—but it’ll hit your emotions roughly similar.

Here’s the story.

Gillian Palacios was preparing to take her son to school, placing items in her car in the driveway of her single family home. Like many folks, she left the car door open to load items to take another dog to the vet’s office with her 8-year-old son.

Leaving her car door open cost the life of her family pet, Dutchess.

So what’s the point? Well, obviously, that you really need to lock up your pets…and all nice looking blond girls.

…A few weeks ago, a police helicopter began circling the 5-acre property that I, Bea, and four dogs watch over 24/7 for the fun ride of our lives. I watched it, even grabbed my cam. When it became clear that this specific property was the target, I did exactly one thing very first, with zero equivocation.

I gathered up all four dogs and locked them in the RV. I didn’t know what might be coming down, but I could think clearer if I knew they were secured. If this was a police “investigation” of whatever, being smarter and more informed than 98.4% of the general population, I instantly realized that while they can’t legally shoot me down, they can the dogs, when the dogs do exactly what they’re here, loved, petted, and praised for. And they might, and they might high-five in the bar later and this isn’t a movie where I get to come in later and blow their brains all over the bar so that the theater erupts in adulatory relief.

[I later found out it was the fire investigator taking pics of a burned building on the property. That’s another story, of gov boondoggle.]

Watch the video. The cop will be absolved. He was legally-technically engaged in an investigation. This creates a separation whereby, non-humans are simply fair game. It’s probably rational law as such, when it was thought of, but the big point, really, is that there seems to be a lot of cops across America who understand the “loophole,” and take advantage of it for Pub-Points later, bonus if a lot of family members cry. We’re not dealing with good people so the notion of “good cop” is pointless. Andy Taylor is dead, and Barney Fife is on the loose everywhere.

I take my stewardship of dogs very seriously. They do what they have been bread and fed to do for thousands of years and I do my best to reiterate for them, as though they have doubts about it. But they can’t keep track of everything. It’s your fucking job to make as sure as you can that that debt is always paid in full, with your focussed attention and discernment in knowing situations they aren’t geared for (like crossing streets with cars, duh). Plus, they’ll love you even if you fuck it up.

Tell me a better deal than that.

You see? I have no illusion—nor have I for a coupla decades—about how these pussies in uniform love to kill pets and high-five in the bar later, laughing about people crying.

Are you going to tell me that this guy was really so surprised that a Boston terrier came charging out the house when the door cracked open? Hell, we have friends where we’d be surprised if a dog didn’t come rushing out to assert his doGdom.

Do you understand the depravity of this, how he’ll get a pass, and the implications?

What implications? Oh, grasshoppers: the consequences that come from forcing and striving toward a risk free life are far worse than the random—or just—consequences of the life realities you seek to overcome. In real reality, you achieve only comfortable ignorance.

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  1. Amy on October 20, 2015 at 15:47

    This is my worst nightmare. That poor loving dog wagging his tail with dying breath, and those poor people. I can only shudder. Can’t even imagine, but I do, almost every day. I live in a townhouse community where most of the house numbers are the same even though street names are different (don’t even get me started–whoever designed and numbered this place is already going to hell because I’ve cursed him many times over), and people and cops ALWAYS get the houses mixed up. GPS sends people to my door when they really want whoever’s living in the rental unit on the next block. This rental unit mix-up is the primary reason why I have TWO deadbolts on each of my doors, one high, one low, to make it harder to bash in the door without alerting me and my dogs first so I can secure them. There have been a few no-knock raids in my neighborhood, one perpetrated on good friends of mine to catch their hardened-criminal 18-year old son with a half-ounce of dope. Mom (maternity RN for local public hospital for 30 years) and daughter (16 at the time) stunned by flash-bang grenade after door was kicked in and handcuffed face-down in the living room floor in pajamas for an hour while the hardened dangerous criminal frantically trying to flush the little bit of ganj down the toilet was arrested and the house turned upside down because there had to be MOREZ!!!!

    Incidentally, their beagle was such a coward that he ran and hid under the bed as soon as the flash-bang went off. He cowered there until the cops moved the bed to check under it, whereupon he cowered some more. So at least he was safe.

    Cops should be held liable for every discharge of a weapon unless there is clear evidence that their lives are in danger. Dog bites in 99.9999% of cases are NOT life threatening.

    • Richard Nikoley on October 20, 2015 at 16:53

      Not this Beagle. Unfixed male, outside dog on 5 acres all of his life. He chases coyotes away almost every day.

      Did you see him chasing these deer?


      Just so you know, I really hate cuntiness, and I’ll never hesitate to point it out.

      Don’t be cunty.

      And what does a police raid have to do with it anyway and I already told you that I locked them away because I know they are not supposed to deal with that shit. It’s not in the programming.

      • Amy on October 21, 2015 at 09:39

        Fuck off, Richard. I hate prickiness. Don’t be a prick. Not sure you can help yourself, but please try.


        Where on earth was I being cunty in that post?

        Of course, that’s mostly a rhetorical question since I don’t really care what you think. For the record, me being a cunt was my remark above. My original post was just a well-meaning comment. I love my dogs and if what happened in that video had happened to me I might be in jail or even shot myself for assaulting the cop. I’m so sorry your powers of discernment are so feeble you can’t tell the difference between a genuine comment.

        Oh, and that was me being a cunt again.

        BTW, for some reason I think suspect you really wanted to say that to me. Was it as fun for you as it was for me? :)

        THAT was me being a cunt again, too. :)

        I hope the difference is a little clearer now. I’m not betting on it, but one can always hope.

      • Richard Nikoley on October 21, 2015 at 11:07

        Good enough, Amy.

        Are we cool, now?

      • Richard Nikoley on October 21, 2015 at 11:11

        …I assume what you wrote was cool. I was too busy lafing at your clever come-back of prickiness juxtaposed to cuntiness.

        Well done.

      • Amy on October 21, 2015 at 12:15

        We cool. :)

        BTW, TJ the Cowardly Beagle was one of my favorite dogs ever. Even for a Beagle he had the most distinctive bay. The whole neighborhood heard everything he thought. He passed three years ago and I still miss him.

  2. Chad Sheridan on October 20, 2015 at 19:10

    As I read this, only thing that comes immediately to mind is this…

    “Fuck the police coming straight from the underground
    A young nigga got it bad cause I’m brown
    And not the other color so police think
    They have the authority to kill a minority…”

  3. Jim on October 21, 2015 at 06:09

    What a spaz. Did that dog even have all four paws out the front door before that guy started shooting? And, please, a 40 lb dog should not be so intimidating to you that you need to immediately start shooting. It’s a 40 lb dog.

    I’m not going to assign the evil motives to him that you have, Richard. I don’t know that he’ll be bragging about this at the pub later. I don’t think he’s evil, but he is a huge vagina and shouldn’t be a cop anymore.

    • Richard Nikoley on October 21, 2015 at 07:05

      More like 25 pounds, Jim.

      • Jim on October 21, 2015 at 07:11

        That seems low. My dog is 25 lbs and he’s smaller than that. But if you’re right that makes what I said even worse.

    • Richard Nikoley on October 21, 2015 at 07:13

      Could be. I’ve seen Bostons that would barely tip 15, but Ive also seen 50 pound freaks.

      • Richard Nikoley on October 21, 2015 at 07:14

        Sweet dogs too. My ratties alwas get along great with them.

  4. Doug on October 21, 2015 at 06:50

    As a young paper boy I was pulled off my bike by a Doberman while delivering the newspaper. People please control your pets. Damn that hurt! That dog leapt over the fence so fast I never saw it until it’s jaw attached to my leg.

  5. Another John on October 21, 2015 at 19:41

    I cant help but notice how long the cop stayed covering the dog after its lieing there bleeding out. Dude its a fucking tiny little dog not a 250 lb gang banger on meth. Its not going to get up and bleed on you. What a pussy. He also had his gun out before the dog had its nose out the door. This guy is either a psychopath or dangerously stupid. He should lose his badge.

  6. Steven on October 21, 2015 at 20:38

    Theonly good cop is a dead cop.
    They are all sicko’s. To a one.

  7. Mack on October 22, 2015 at 11:14

    You know who else run into houses filled with pets and manages not to shoot a single one? Firefighters/EMTs/medics. Somehow they seem to manage without opening fire on Fido. Matter of fact, we now carry oxygen masks in cat and dog sizes on the piece for pets with smoke inhalation.

    My local postman and UPS driver are nice guys who I enjoy making small talk with daily. But when my boxers rocket themselves at the locked storm door/gate and bark as if the whole world is under attack when they drop something off, I reward them with a “good girls” every time. The message is clear, you are not welcome here unless you live here. Approaching the property will not be taken lightly nor will it be done quietly. I expect nothing less, it’s the basis of our bargain with each other.

    • Richard Nikoley on October 22, 2015 at 12:04

      Absolutely Mac. Yea, those others aren’t complete pussies like cops who, after the fact have the pussy to say “I was in fear for my life.”

      Fucking pussies.

      I fucking hate cops. 100% and I always love to hear of a cop killing for any reason. Don’t care. Would not ever lift a finger to help a single one in any circumatance. Ever.

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