Racine, Wisconsin SWAT Kills Tiny Dog

BY Herschel Smith
9 years, 7 months ago

Grab your britches.  You won’t believe this one.

NY Daily News:

A SWAT team sent to handle an alleged neighborhood dispute over dog waste ended up killing the dog, and igniting a firestorm of criticism against the local police force.

In dramatic video capturing the end of Saturday’s hours-long standoff involving Racine, Wisc. police, a small dog is seen being shot dead by a line of approaching officers moments after set loose.

Neighbor Kim Polk described the shooting as the result of one irate resident refusing to pick up after his dog when confronted by her, and then violently threatening to kill her own pooch.

It was that threat, first with a bow and arrow and then with a machete, that she said led to her family calling 911 and a SWAT team approaching the man’s home.

“When he finally decided to come out of the house he was irate upset and was telling the cops to get off his property that he was going to harm them, he was going to shoot at the cops,” Polk told Fox6Now.

Racine Police Chief Art Howell, in a statement released Sunday, said the unidentified dog owner threatened to kill the officers with an armor-piercing crossbow and to release his dog.

“After several hours of dialogue with crisis negotiators, the barricaded subject ultimately made good on his threat to introduce the dog into the active standoff,” said Howell in the statement obtained by Racine County Eye.

“After the dog was released, the dynamics of this encounter changed. Officers, who for over three hours were focused on peacefully resolving this crisis through dialogue, were now forced to deal with the distraction and unpredictability of having the subject’s dog moving through the scene of this active encounter at a critical time,” Howell continued.

The homeowner behind the dog’s release was reportedly arrested but his name and charges have not been immediately released. A request for comment from the police department was not returned.

Armor piercing cross bow.  The dynamics changed.  Unpredictability of having the subject’s dog moving.  It all sounds so serious according to the police chief.  Now take a hard look at the subject dog.


What do you think the dog weighs?  Five pounds, perhaps?  Sure enough, the owner sounds like a loser, as much of a loser as the cops.  But it gets even better.  The cops shot the puppy while it was running away from the cops.  Don’t believe it?  Watch the video.

And the police chief is defending the actions of his force.  I have previously called cops who are frightened of farm animals (and who are afraid to be trained on them) pussies.  I stand by that charge.  But we’ve reached a point where cops are shooting animals for the pure love of violence, not much different than Latino gang members who behead for the fun of it.

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  1. On November 13, 2014 at 7:25 am, jsffly said:

    The A$$hole that shot the dog and the fvcking Polize Chump that defended this action need to be fired immediately…….no questions asked.

  2. On November 14, 2014 at 11:23 am, Meowhiss said:

    He needs to be more than just fired. This is a window into a mindset that lacks empathy and compassion…. be afraid, be very afraid……

  3. On November 13, 2014 at 8:19 am, unclezip said:

    Well, to be fair, the pussies had to shoot something…

  4. On November 13, 2014 at 9:29 pm, GenEarly said:

    it’s like getting all dressed up for a formal affair and going to a local bar. You are disappointed and someone else is obviously at fault, but make an attempt at making it the real deal anyway………..shoot the dog!
    Putz Police are going to walk into a sht-storm one day, like Custer at Little Bighorn. Hubris has a price……..Hell on Earth.

  5. On November 13, 2014 at 9:23 am, Ned Weatherby said:

    Too bad this shit is getting old. Defended their actions. Against this little dog. F**k.

  6. On November 13, 2014 at 9:53 am, St Bernard said:

    God Almighty! You pussy cops ought to be real proud of yourselves. Scared? Or Stupid? Or both. I had a deputy kick at my 14 lb. mutt one day. I told him it would be a bad day for him if he had connected. I’m big enough to back it up, too. He backed down. If your kids saw what you pricks do, they would have a whole different outlook on their dad. Cocksuckers.

  7. On November 15, 2014 at 5:12 am, nighthawk said:

    Their kids are the school bullies that pick on the small kids.

  8. On November 13, 2014 at 12:03 pm, TimeHasCome said:

    This video will change America . When people ask if police will fire on Americans , just show them this video. Something Rancid in Racine

  9. On November 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm, Jim H said:

    Racine is not alone. In Eau Claire the school board denied a Veterans group that had held an event at local schools since 1937 permission to do so this year over it’s being uncomfortable with the 21 gun salute. Our children are being conditioned to be afraid of everything and anything.

  10. On November 20, 2014 at 11:32 am, St Bernard said:

    All the left wing pricks in Wisconsin are pissed at Gov. Walker & taking it out on any conservative.

  11. On November 14, 2014 at 6:01 pm, Josh said:

    This video won’t change anything. We’ve taken uneducated losers who posess no skills, have a pentiant for violence, and are verging on psychopathy, and given them guns, armor and authority, and then finally trained them to believe everything and everyone can and will kill them. And to top it all off we’ve allowed them to establish unions which keep the Blue Wall in effect, offering amnesty and protection to every dickhead with a badge.

    The cops live in a bubble. Citizens live in a bubble. The two spheres couldn’t be less connected.

    No, this video won’t change America. America ignoring this video will change America. America ignoring their black brother, permitting a for-profit prison industry, fixating on gay marriage and the like, voting coporate shills in to office. These things and more will change America. It already has.

  12. On November 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm, Blake said:

    The real question, though, is why SWAT was called out in the first place. Seems to me initial contact should have been made by a couple of patrol officers.

    SWAT showing up for what was a dispute between a couple of neighbors is a good way to make sure the situation spirals out of control.

  13. On November 13, 2014 at 12:11 pm, Herschel Smith said:

    Right on every point! The fact that SWAT was deployed speaks to the overblown tacticool nature of policing today. A few uniformed officers and a mental health worker would have done just fine. Then when SWAt was deployed, they went bat-shit out of control like they always do.

  14. On November 13, 2014 at 12:19 pm, FedUpWithWelfareStates said:

    I have previously called cops who are frightened of farm animals (and who are afraid to be trained on them) pussies. …and they remain so…

  15. On November 13, 2014 at 2:14 pm, Mark Wahlster said:

    Them cops are lucky they didn’t have to deal with the girl yelling at them on the end of the tape sounds like she was pissed enough to have kicked some pussy cops ass.

  16. On November 13, 2014 at 3:25 pm, ncffp163 said:

    An armor piercing crossbow?? Changed dvnamics?? A (attack??) puppy?? Really???

  17. On November 13, 2014 at 3:27 pm, Archer said:

    The only surprise is that two shots were necessary. I half expected them to unload a magazine. Each. But the bottom line is, this is more of a rat than a dog, and if anything, pepper spray would have done the job.

    This is becoming has become the working mentality of police nationwide. When SWAT gets called, they arrive ready (and willing) to kill something – and increasingly, calling SWAT is the default option.

    Historically, people were upset over the number of police shootings, and so communities agreed to fund “less lethal” options and updated training for officers. Because of that, every officer carries pepper spray, a baton, and most carry a Tazer, in addition to his/her sidearm and a rifle in the car. And what happened? Police shootings increased, because despite the mandated ready availability of a wider continuum of force and the training to use them, the pistol and rifle – deadly force – are still the go-to options.

    Everything we’re seeing with SWAT over-use and unnecessary shootings, is a scaled-up extension of the individual officers’ mentality and use-of-force options. It’s not a training issue, and it’s not a lack of tools; they have these things – they have “less lethal” tools, and they have access to mental health workers and social workers and the like. The issue is in the thug-with-a-badge mentality and the lack of accountability. Incidents like these will continue as long as the police believe they are superior and face no repercussions for defaulting to maximum, deadly force instead of the minimum effective force.

  18. On November 13, 2014 at 3:51 pm, l2a3 said:

    Gee, I wonder when “unintentional Consequences” are going to start because “I” was afraid for my life because they were near? I am fairly certain when it happens the police will notice that an armed society will not allow that type of activity to be tolerated and everyone will play nice after the first couple of battle royals..

  19. On November 13, 2014 at 4:18 pm, themason90 said:

    WOW, great shotin tex. Never know when wild animals will attack. This kinda s$%t keeps happing sniping will become an issue…even for those who are real leo’s.

  20. On November 13, 2014 at 4:49 pm, Ohio John said:

    Never call the cops unless you want yourself, your dog or your kids killed. When my dogs are outside they greet anyone who pulls up to the house. The thought that a cop might kill one of them just sets me on fire.

  21. On November 13, 2014 at 4:59 pm, Jack Crabb said:

    N.W.A. had it right back in 1988. I just didn’t realize it. Fuck the pigs.

  22. On November 13, 2014 at 5:33 pm, SFTOBEY said:

    Personally, I think the OWNER should have been shot. He should have NEVER threatened police; and he should have NEVER released the puppy.

  23. On November 13, 2014 at 5:52 pm, Herschel Smith said:

    “Released the puppy.” Euphemism for being on your own property. SWAT deployment, euphemism for trespassing. Hint: Call and make an appointment. Otherwise, get shot by angry, surprised or otherwise confused (but wholly justified) homeowner and property-owner. I won’t shed a tear. Another hint: It’s good that I don’t know you.

  24. On November 13, 2014 at 5:50 pm, Ruprecht said:

    Well that evil puppy won’t be crapping on anyones lawn anymore.

  25. On November 13, 2014 at 6:33 pm, Ferd Berfel said:

    Definitely a group of stupid pussies (with guns). Pussies with that much fear should not be on the force.

  26. On November 13, 2014 at 8:53 pm, Nichole Koonce said:

    Chicken Chits! This “kill everything” attitude of the police has totally gotten out of hand. When will the breaking point be hit and every encounter brings return fire.

  27. On November 13, 2014 at 10:13 pm, Chuck Connors said:

    How much longer before citizens being terrorized by such police behavior start fighting back with lethal force?

  28. On November 13, 2014 at 10:55 pm, Daniel Barger said:

    They do this BECAUSE THEY CAN. And they have no intention of reining in this criminality. This criminality will continue until it is stopped and the only thing that will stop it is force. Violence is golden and is the final arbiter of all government activities?

  29. On November 14, 2014 at 6:07 am, Stephen Carter said:

    Next time you see a cop shoot a dog & laugh over it, just shoot the cop. Period. Even if you have to wait a week or two, find the cop’s home, pay him a visit, and shoot the a$$hole. Citizens should start doing this b/c eventually (not long now) they’ll start shooting people. It’s what they’re working towards. They’re doing this as a dress rehearsal of having that total authority, to kill with impunity.

  30. On November 14, 2014 at 9:03 am, SWIFT said:

    Us v. them? You bet. And, it will happen. Never, ever, fear a coward.

  31. On November 14, 2014 at 10:22 am, Jakob Stagg said:

    If I shot a fleeing felon who attacked and severely injured me, I’d be charged with a crime. How is this different? Oh, the puppy didn’t harm anyone. That’s the difference.

    We want our country and justice back.

  32. On November 14, 2014 at 3:26 pm, Jim H said:

    Dog? That looks like a blue heeler PUPPY. They could have grabbed him by the scruff of the neck and, voila’, threat neutralized. I guess as has already been posted the Billy Badass’s was all dressed up and were in a tactical frame of mind therefore they had to shoot or hit something before the ‘roids made their heads explode. Old men and puppies are notorious for their fighting abilities, especially against an armed, trained squad sized element in full tactical gear with a much larger K-9 that has also been trained. Yeah, that must be it.

  33. On November 15, 2014 at 1:57 am, PavePusher said:

    Racine PD contact info here: http://www.cityofracine.org/police.aspx

  34. On November 15, 2014 at 5:03 am, hal said:

    Police forces in the USA today more resemble Hitlers Waffen SS than they do Peace officers. Why do adult men that supposedly are mentally stable shoot small animals running away from them ? They must be in in great fear. If these men are in such great fear over a small dog, should they be police officers ??? In normal times, police officers would have called animal control if they were dealing with an aggressive animal. These are not normal times. Its obvious to me that our neighborhood police officers have been turned into aggressive warriors, armed and always in attack mode. Under Obama, Barney Fife is now a Commando without patience and under orders to destroy all in its path. Imagine that was a 3 year old kid, running around. Its likely they would shoot the kid too. We are not safe in our homes and neighborhoods. We as likely to be killed by a cop than a criminal. We are supposed to be served by these Gestapo, not their servants. Its time the people replace their mayors and police chiefs.

  35. On November 15, 2014 at 3:39 pm, Cameraman said:

    Time to shoot Back at the PIGS!!!!

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