and I have been talking about this some over in the Po-Po forum, but it's too interesting a story not to share. It's a bit of a wordy tale, lol, so bear with me...
Tuesday morning, one of my officers was engaged in proactive patrol and observed a vehicle in a gas station parking lot downtown. One of the occupants was a fugitive, Michael Bartlett, wanted for two felony warrants. The officer called for backup, but Bartlett bolted from the scene, running into a three story apartment building nearby.
I directed necessary resources to the scene so as to lock down the building. A canine was called for and, because our guys were out of service elsewhere, the local sheriff's office K-9 handler arrived with his dog.
A contact team was formed including ram man (me), K-9 (the deputy), rifle man (one of my guys), Taser (the original cop who spotted the bad guy), and control officers (two more of my guys). Fresh pursuit, as it's called, was then resumed.
The exterior security door was breached and the entry door to the apartment was rammed. Bartlett was then located (literally) hiding under the covers in the master bedroom. He was ordered out under threat of canine deployment and copious armament mustered by the arrest team. He was eager to comply, offered no resistance, and was placed into custody without further incident.
LINK to news story
Fine and dandy, right? Another bad boy goes to jail and the guys in blue and brown save the day and all that happy horseshit, yes? Well, here's where things get sticky.
While the media was filming us bring the fugitive out to the waiting cruisers...
LINK to second news story, w/video
The PETA people, local Human Society, and sundry animal rights activists have their panties all in a bunch over this. Local talk-radio shows are crammed with calls for the cop's badge. They're calling the incident animal abuse and proof that police agencies beat their animals to provoke them to bite innocent citizens.
I just thought I'd post this as some grist for the conversation mill. Perhaps K9inAZ will weigh in here, but I'd like to hear what our non-cop members think of the story and video as well...