This YouTube video is raising some disturbing questions about the judgment and training of police in Gatineau, Canada. The police are shown responding to a call of an escaped calf by shooting the animal about a dozen times.
The horrific scene has left many asking why the police could not throw a rope around the animal or use a tranquilizer gun rather than move immediately from bovine to beef.
Yet, Const. Pierre Lanthier defended the action, saying police “have to decide if it’s threatening for the population” and, in this case, determined that “they had no choice but to shoot the animal.” Really? No choice? It is not like this was a terrorist ungulate from Al Cuda. I can think of a host of options before getting to the choice of peppering the animal with bullets.
Nevertheless, Gatineau police say there are still no plans to add tranquilizers to the officers’ options.
This is probably why the department has one of the lowest levels of missing child reports in Canada.