Dec 14, 2012

Seattle's iconic sign

It is a story as old as the automobile and probably older.  They used to hang horse thieves.

A guy runs into his local pizza shop, either leaving his truck running at the curb or leaving it with the keys in the ignition.  A passing ne'er-do-well jumps into the unattended vehicle and the chase is on.

A short time later the local cops catch up with the thief and one thing leads to another.  The crook pulls a gun, the cops unleash a police dog, dog bites man, man shoots dog, cops shoot man.  Two are dead, one dog and one crook, a tragic ending all around.

Last night our local news ran a teaser in which the breathless news person said, "A Hooterville police canine  officer is shot and killed by a suspected car-jacker, details at six. "

This morning the Hooterville Daily Dish noted in their story that this is the second time in a few weeks that Hooterville police personnel have been shot in the line of duty.  That other was a human shot in the head by persons unknown.  That officer is on the road to recovery, which is great news.

So when did non-humans become officers and don't personnel have to be persons?  It takes a few years for me to get on board with these new-age sensibilities.

Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky


The Bug said...

Um, I thought a canine officer was the police officer who worked with the police dog - not the actual dog. I'm sure THAT guy feels like a person was killed, but his dog isn't really an officer is he?

Steve Reed said...

The police and legal system treat police dogs as officers -- but why journalists should treat them that way, I'm not sure. I agree with you. They're police dogs.