I haven’t seen anything quite like it ever, that said, I’m willing to bet that the video below is going to leave you just as stunned, bedazzled (not in a good way) and just plain outraged that police officers can be this stupid, aggressive or just trigger happy.
Here’s the backdrop. According to one witness, Johnny Rodgriguez who was nearby when the whole thing went off, it all occured when a man walking with his pit bull, Star experienced a seizure on the side of the footpath. At that stage, Johnny and three other individuals alert nearby police officers that the owner of the dog (who by now is getting real agitated) is in danger of being hit by traffic.
As the responding officers came to the aid of the man, the dog began growling. Offers Johnny:
“I told one of the cops, ‘Hey, that dog is growling, be careful,’ because they were getting pretty close,” Rodriguez says. “I used to have a pit bull and that’s just how they are, they protect their owners.” Rodriguez thought that one woman had placed herself too closely behind the man as she was observing what was happening. “It grabbed her pants, but it didn’t bite her, then the dog starts running at the cop.”
That’s when the shit went down and the officers inexplicably start shooting at it and eventually striking it and from there the dog fell, writhing in pain. It was at this stage that the dog was also now maced (offers Doug Halsey, the director of Ready for Rescue, a non profit animal rescue group. “Pepper spray in no way would ever be effective in subduing a dog. I only see this as heightening the animal’s aggression. This was an ignorant and irresponsible approach on these officers’ part.”).
If you want to scream out of frustration, go for it (the people in the video who witnessed the shooting certainly didn’t hold back). Whatever happened to calm rational decision making, as opposed to the macho aggressive responses we’re so used to seeing from wanna be action hero police officers?
“It’s a tragedy, but I may have done the same thing that the cop did. If you got a pit bull coming at you, I don’t know if you stand there and get bit or use your gun,” Rodriguez says. “The dog was protecting the owner, that’s what it does.”
Star is still alive and remains in the care of the Animal Care & Control facility on East 110th Street. Attempts to locate Star’s owner have been unsuccessful so far. The Local East Village spoke to friends of the dog’s owner, who police identify as Lech Stankiewicz, and they said that Star has a history of being overprotective of Stankiewicz.
And then there was this comment that caught my attention too:
Everybody is crying and screaming about the pitbull dog that went after the Officer and got shot — but not one person attempts to help the *Human-Being* overdosing and dying on the sidewalk.
New Yorkers are just plain fucked in the head. But if I lived in a backasswards bizarro world cesspit of a Nanny-City/State long enough – I suppose it’s possible that I might be the same way too.