More Cop-on-Dog Violence

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Yet another cop-kills-the-family-dog story today, this one from Willits, California:

Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force agents, aided by a uniformed Willits police officer, serving a search warrant at 64 Franklin Avenue on July 27, shot and killed a family pet, an 8-year-old half-pit bull mix named Tonka.

When agents searched the home, they found nothing directly linking the residents to the arrest of Craig Anthony Gelber, the target of the search, according to MMCTF Commander Bob Nishiyama.

Apparently the raid came after police spotted their suspect at or near the residence with marijuana starts.

“I know the officer felt terrible,” says [police chief] Nishiyama about the shooting. “You may have the nicest dog in the world, but we don’t know it. Officers are authorized to defend themselves. We offered to take the dog and take care of it, but the family preferred to handle the arrangements themselves.”

According to resident Anna White, Tonka’s owner, the police shot her pet while it was in a fenced area on her front porch. “We found the shell casing outside by the fence area. Tonka then ran into our house, got onto my bed and died.”

White described her bedroom following the search, claiming Tonka’s body had been dumped from the bed onto the floor and items from her room dropped onto the body and into the dog’s blood. “They destroyed our house and found nothing,” says White. “Tonka lived long enough to die on my bed, which we shared each night.”

Tonka was one of three dogs at the home. White’s father was the only family member at home during the first part of the search. Her father got to the door after the shot had been fired, says White. The three dogs then ran into the home. Her father did not know at first Tonka had been shot since he was handcuffed and lying on the floor during the search.

Just collateral drug war damage. Nothing to see here.

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66 Responses to “More Cop-on-Dog Violence”

  1. #1 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    My point being, and everybody’s heard this angle before, is that I don’t see any small-government people moving to places with less government.

    This evidence, if presented, would it convince you that you’re wrong?

  2. #2 |  Cynical in CA | 

    #10 | Michael Chaney — “Again, the question is “why do cops have this problem that nobody else has?””

    Since cops have legal resort to firearms, and virtually no one else does, the solution becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    Basically, when you have an option available to you, you tend to use it.

  3. #3 |  Cynical in CA | 

    #20 | Steve Verdon — “All cops are bad cops. Why? Because even the “good cops” cover up for the bad cops by not reporting them, letting them get away with being bad cops, by participating in a bankrupt and evil culture where force and brutality are seen as virtues not as evils.”

    Don’t forget the over-arching reason all cops are bad. They are paid with tax (read: stolen) money. This reason trumps all, and makes even the most golden-hearted, heroic officer forever tainted.

  4. #4 |  Cynical in CA | 

    #42 | GT

    Great comment GT, always a pleasure to read a fellow anarchist.

  5. #5 |  Cynical in CA | 

    #48 | BrentM — “how would you boycott police?”




    There’s three quick, easy, non-violent answers to your question. I’m sure with a bit more brainstorming, you could come up with a dozen more.

  6. #6 |  Steve Verdon | 

    I also don’t really see the point where having multiple police forces is just like having a single police force, only with more than one.

    You left out the part that they are fighting each other. In the U.S. the police forces don’t fight each other, when you get right down to it they are all pretty much the same: an arm of the state for applying force and coercion on the populace.

    My point being, and everybody’s heard this angle before, is that I don’t see any small-government people moving to places with less government.

    BFD? Did you stop to consider that there are often rather sizable costs to doing so? What if they speak a different language, you’ll have to learn that. Could take years. Then there are moving costs themselves. Moving away from current friends and also family. And the alternative is, as one commenter pointed out, to try and change things here.

    So you don’t see people moving in droves…I don’t think that is all that impresisve.

  7. #7 |  paranoiastrksdp | 


    Jim Bell would approve.

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  9. #9 |  StrongStyle81 | 

    “The police department takes this incident very seriously and will continue to investigate all aspects of the case,” said Chief of Police Colonel James Teare, Sr.

    Pardon me if I’m a bit skeptical about this. The unnamed federal officer is claiming that the husky bit his dog and when he tried to pull the husky away the dog tried to bite him. Even if we give the cop the benefit of the doubt and chose to believe that the husky was biting his dog. That still doesn’t excuse the fact that he endangered the public by recklessly and carelessly discharging a weapon in a public park filled with people and children. Even if he is not punished for shooting the dog, he has to face consequences for that. Discharging a firearm in a public place if a very serious issue.

    By the way, I don’t believe the husky was biting his dog or him. There were no bite marks or scratches on either of the dogs.

  10. #10 |  StrongStyle81 | 

    Ignore previous statement, I posted it in the wrong “dog killed by cop thread”. My bad. I got confused.

  11. #11 |  rastaman44 | 

    I am liberal but you freaks on this blog trip me out. The cops were conducting a search pursuant to a warrant for the Major Crimes Unit. MAJOR CRIMES LIKE DRUG RUNNING, MURDER ETC. Do we really want the officers in that scenario to be concerned about a family pet more than protecting themselves aginst being hurt?

    Should the officer have been more careful? Yes> Do I think this is wanton police violence against pet? NO

    Geesh, get real!!!

  12. #12 |  GreginOz | 

    Hey #57!

    Thanks man, fascinating.

  13. #13 |  TravisT | 

    Does this sound familiar?

    Cop claims, “He didn’t obey my commands”.

    Cop Kicks K9 Partner To Death

    While the incident happened a couple of years ago the cop-roach was just cleared of any wrongdoing within the last 2 weeks.

  14. #14 |  Toastrider | 

    rastaman44: What I want, and /expect/, is for police officers to hold themselves to the HIGHEST levels of professional conduct. That means proper threat assessment and using the big head instead of the little one.

  15. #15 |  TC | 

    When a dog can get on the stand and testify is the day I will recognize that a cops dog is superior to my dog.

    Until that time, they are just another potential target! They are are a proven and well publicized weapon.

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