Submitted by Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger
Twenty five year-old Ryan James Stephens will probably never be confused with actors Rex Harrison or Eddie Murphy but he may be the new Dr. Doolittle. Stephens has been charged with violating Cincinnati’s ordinance prohibiting citizens from “talking” to police dogs.
Police investigating a car crash at a local pub on April 3rd, testified they heard a police dog secured in the back of a police cruiser barking uncontrollably. When they got to the car, they found Stephens barking and hissing at the animal. Police arrested Stephens for taunting man’s best friend.
Cincinnati lawyer Jim Hardin says Stephens actions are protected free speech. It may not be intelligent speech, but “it’s still speech,” he says. The case is headed for court.
The police report notes that Stephens defended his actions by saying the “dog started it.” Police also report the defendant appeared intoxicated. Imagine that!
Source: Yahoo News
~Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger