What Else Are Lake Charles Police Afraid Of?

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Last week Lake Charles police killed Monkey.

Monkey was a family dog — a friendly one, by all accounts. Monkey’s picture doesn’t suggest he was particularly intimidating. Granted, in that picture, he’s dead because a police officer has just shot him four times.

Monkey was barking at a policeman who was in his yard — not by invitation, but because he was chasing a suspect. The policeman, according to a statement, “felt he was being attacked by the dog and was forced to discharge his weapon.”

Police believe that we, the citizenry, should defer to their judgment about when deadly force is warranted. They tell us that they are the thin blue line between us and violent lawlessness.

If the police are afraid of dogs like Monkey, is it even minimally reasonable to accept those propositions?

–Ken White

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68 Responses to “What Else Are Lake Charles Police Afraid Of?”

  1. #1 |  Discord | 

    This picture is absolutely heart-wrenching. My thoughts are with the family. I hope the pig that committed this murder is held accountable. I know that accountability won’t come from his peers or the state, but it is my sincere hope that he meets it some other way.

  2. #2 |  Burgers Allday | 

    They already are, just not so often. They still get away with it.

    On a related note:

    In the Aiyana Stanley-Jones slaying case, officer Weekley is trying to use the defense that he was already in the unit when a flash-bang was tossed in by another policeman, and that the flashband disoriented and confused him, causing him to shoot the child in the head and kill her.

    nd, thank you so much fredfirma. i linked links to the hitcho case here several times over a long period of time and nobody ever seemed to notice. btw, in the Hitcho case the jury apparently believed that Officer Laser was only fixing to taser the dogs. I don’t believe that at all.

  3. #3 |  Burgers Allday | 

    close italics. oops.

  4. #4 |  Jason E Bintz | 

    Heiligmann v. Rose, Texas Supreme Court 1891.

    This is an old case which initially declares that dogs are not property and owners may collect damages from plaintiffs. Although I am not a lawyer, I think it’s time this case be brought back into the forefront, especially with all the recent puppycides.

    Maybe the cops will think twice after someone wins a case and gets damages from a local police force.

  5. #5 |  Burgers Allday | 

    Maybe the cops will think twice after someone wins a case and gets damages from a local police force.

    would be interesting to see what Baylen Linkinghim (sp?) sez about this. i think he is guest blogging here now. the Fonz sez eating them doggies is cool. Ayyyyyyyy!

  6. #6 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 


    Thank you. I must say I would like to know what happened after. I suppose that whether the shooter was convicted or not probably was affected by how many people’s dogs the cops had recently shot in the area the jury was drawn from.

  7. #7 |  Burgers Allday | 

    CSP: Hitcho got the death penalty and is scheduled to die. there is a tempest in a teacup in central pa because $116,000 was spent on his defense (mostly to prove Hitcho was insane (which he wasn’t) and not to prove that Lasso was about to shoot his dogs).

  8. #8 |  Bergman | 

    A private citizen is expected to withdraw from danger, rather than run toward it. Even in stand your ground states, a citizen can get in trouble by running towards a fight rather than running away (or staying put). Police are expected to put themselves in greater danger as a regular part of the job than any private citizen.

    So what would happen to a private citizen, even in a stand your ground state, who applied the same standards these police officers have been, when evaluating whether a situation warranted use of deadly force?

    The citizen would swiftly be in prison for unjustified use of force.

  9. #9 |  Vic Kelley | 

    Thank you for this article and for the photo. I wish I could do something for that woman. There is so much grief there.

    re: #17 – you’re right; I wish you weren’t but you are

    re: #11 – I think about leaving the USA every day; wish I had the nerve to do so

  10. #10 |  Frank Hummel | 

    That cop will one day be shot in the back by a junkie during a routine traffic stop. Nobody will ever know about it….

  11. #11 |  croaker | 

    @60 Which is a shame, because when it comes to cops, we should be speaking ill of the dead. A dead cop’s disciplinary record should be considered when it’s time for the “hero’s funeral”.

  12. #12 |  John Spragge | 

    Reading this board, I find I have to stop and remember that American police did not arrive on flying saucers from Betelgeuse or Tau Ceti; no council of extraterrestrials dictates the polices and laws that govern them without human input. Especially in the United States, the voters have tremendous power over their officials; where a police supervisor does not have to face election, he or she serves under the supervision and at the pleasure of an official who does. The United States has police officers who stop and frisk, shoot dogs, abuse the citizenry with forfeiture laws, and beat homeless people to death because Americans elect officials, city councils, and state legislatures who tolerate and indeed often encourage that behaviour.

    Freedom starts with responsibility, and responsibility starts with naming. Americans have chosen your legislators and executive officials, just as my compatriots have chosen ours. If you don’t like what your laws say, if you don’t like the way your police act, you have the power to change them. If your fellow citizens continue to vote for intrusive drug laws, for civic officials who tolerate brutality and incompetence, or for the institutionalized corruption of “civil forfeiture”, then you badly need to educate your fellow citizens. Entertaining fantasies about shooting individual police officers, or writing as though the current American policing regime came from someplace outside your country will not solve the problem.

  13. #13 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    #62 John Spragge:

    I agree with you that violent fantasies won’t solve our law enforcement problems in the U.S. I reject such strategies unless the violence is clearly used in self-defense. In these cases I tend to agree with Malcom X, who stated: “I don’t even call it violence when it’s self-defense. I call it intelligence.” But most of those who comment here are not calling for some sort of preemptive violence. Indeed, the goal of Radley Balko, as well of many of us who read The Agitator is to educate our fellow citizens, as you recommend.

    However, if you are suggesting that electoral victories will fix these problems, I must disagree. Choosing a more enlightened bunch of people to tell us what to do should not be the long term goal. Sure their are a few people in political office who consistently speak their mind and follow their conscience, but the system turns most representatives into conformists and cowards. This phenomenon backs up Rosseau’s argument that choosing representatives for yourself drastically limits your freedom. As my personal philosophy has evolved towards anarchism, I have begun to reject the idea of representative democracy. Instead, I advocate participatory democracy.

    At the present time, probably less than half of those eligible to vote in the U.S. actually go to the polls. And frankly, I don’t consider this to be a bad thing. I do wish voter apathy would turn into voter action (as in direct action) though. If more people simply refused to cooperate and/or ignored the state, things could change pretty rapidly. After that, the challenge is, as the IWW preamble says, “to build the new society out of the shell of the old society.” So you are correct that freedom starts with responsibility. But people need to realize that responsibility entails a lot more than going to polls.

  14. #14 |  Bob Smith | 

    I am always amazed at how cops are so much more likely than everybody else to mistake “approach to play” for “approach to attack”.

  15. #15 |  Dan Weber | 

    I don’t like dogs. And these stories still make my blood boil.

  16. #16 |  stray | 

    Remember years ago when cops were still actually men and you would always hear them say the same thing, “I have been on the force for 40 years and have NEVER drawn my gun once in all that time!”

  17. #17 |  Marc S | 

    That picture made me cry. Monkey looks exactly like my dog Comet. I feel so sorry for that woman, that I can’t read any more bad news about the country of my birth. I thank my Kiwi wife everyday for her demands that our children not be raised in America. Good luck and God Speed to every sane person left in America because the Government is going to bring the end of a very beautiful nation.

  18. #18 |  Marino396 | 

    Welcome to the new breed of LEO, unthinking, fearful, and always ready to, protect and to serve……. His best interests, a lot of great points have been brought up here about what reactions are happening in some cases of murdered dogs, the hitchko case , maybe a tragedy but if you heard someone ordered to KILL your beloved dogs, would you react? Of course, and the ruby ridge particulars along with the branch davidian puppycide I did not know about, people will begin to react and yes I think the actual shooters name should be publicly published and that person be shunned and shamed, just a few months ago Baxter the dog in pen broke pines was shot at and later side from 6 bullets fired by a public servant??? By the way guess how big and mean he was, check you tube and you will see a dog that I would have no fear of taking a bite from, The cop on the scenes said , we don’t have to wait to get bit before we defend ourselves,
    When I was a kid I looked up to brave tuff rugged cops, now I almost throw up when I see them, This whole thing is going to really get difficult for cops when people start to fight back whether legally or otherwise,
    Man what cowards……. Ps UPS drivers aren’t shooting dogs, USPS don’t, but then again, protect and serve, lol what a crock!