Gunning Down “The Colonel”: Chicago Puppy Shot Twice By Police . . . Family Then Ticketed Three Days Later After Speaking With Media

colonel-phillips-1204We have been following a growing trend of alleged unjustified shootings of pet dogs by police officers. We can now add a case out of Chicago where a 7-month-old miniature bull terrier, called “The Colonel” by neighbors, was shot by a police officer. A lawsuit names Officer Brandon Pettigrew as the cop who twice shot The Colonel, which weighs less than 30 pounds. According to witnesses, the officer then calmly returned to writing the ticket and handed it to the distraught owner. The police returned three days later, according to media reports, and asked why the owners were speaking to the media . . . and proceeded to give them a ticket for having a dog off a leash.

The incident happened near my family’s house on the north side of Chicago.

On Saturday afternoon, witnesses say that the Colonel followed his owner outside of the owner’s gated home where the officer was writing a parking ticket for the van of Al Phillips. According to witnesses, the officer warned him about having a dog without a leash twice and then proceeded to shoot the puppy twice. Witnesses say the puppy was not threatening the officer, who then proceeded to finish his ticket and give it to a distraught Phillips.

The Colonel was rushed to an emergency vet and had five hours of surgery to save his life.

143px-Chicagopd_jpg_w300h294What is incredible is that the police returned later to the scene while Phillips was speaking with a reporter and demanded to know why he contacted the media. According to the report, they then gave him a ticket for not keeping his dog on a leash.

That was three days after the incident.

The ticket deepens the controversy. I have never heard of a leash ticket being written three days after such a common occurrence. I walk our dog in Chicago regularly during holidays and often see dogs off the leash. The ticket raises concerns of retaliation. It was entirely inappropriate for the officers to ask for an explanation of why the family was speaking to the media, if this is found to have occurred. The presence of a reporter adds credence to the allegation. To then combine such an improper question with a ticket only magnifies the misconduct.

Even if the ticket was not retaliation for embarrassing the CPD, it seems calculated to cover the officer for the shooting by citing the owner after-the-fact. Unfortunately, Cook County Anita Alvarez is not viewed as particularly protective of citizens in confrontations with the police.

The lawsuit is likely to get more information and action than official channels, unfortunately. Among other things, it could allow for discovery not only on the incident but the governing policies of the CPD.

Source: CBS

101 thoughts on “Gunning Down “The Colonel”: Chicago Puppy Shot Twice By Police . . . Family Then Ticketed Three Days Later After Speaking With Media

  1. In a dog loving country such as ours, I can only think that the spate of dog shootings occurs as revenge by LEO’s for someone having the effrontery to question their behavior. This goes beyond institutional arrogance into the area of Official Sadism. If not checked we will have a police state the equivalent of the USSR in its heyday.

  2. Mr. Turley, you don’t think Chicago cops and Alvarez will take the higher court’s rebuke lying down, do you? It’s Chicago..they’ll double down.

  3. This is not a Chicago issue. our cops are out of control across the country and the State fully supports them by charging folks who film them behaving badly. since 911, we have been slowly and steadily moving towards an oppressive police state. people thought this was Bush but, it was the society – Obama and the Democrats have only continued this.

  4. Outrageous behavior from cops yet again. When I was a kid my parents taught me that the cops were my friend. I tell my kids to steer clear of the cops and not to answer any questions without me present. And, for goodness sake, don’t let any Barney Fife near the family pet!

  5. I don’t see how the community and the courts can ignore this kind of action by LE.

    Doesn’t the discharge of the weapon under these circumstances present a real threat to the community.

    Don’t the officers actions, at the very least, raise questions regarding his or her mental stability.

    Unless there is some important fact missing from the story, it would seem that safety of the community requires that this officer be separated from fire arms.

    Can anyone feel safe with an individual like this walking the streets?

  6. The citation was hand delivered by a Sargent and Lieutenant. It is also alleged that it was issued after the dog owner was asked and declined “to drop the issue”. Thankfully the officer was a bad shot. Given the circumstances, the background (pavement) near people and a school, the shooter was using exceedingly poor judgement. It appears the dog’s abdomen blocked the ricocheted bullet that hit the pavement.

  7. bigfatmike: No. A man who would shoot a 30 pound purebred PUPPY in cold blood in front of the owner will shoot anything, anyone for no reason.

    Is there a city protocol that says any dogs found to be off leash should be shot by police? Is that standard operating procedure in Chicago?

  8. Yet again, why are the Sargent and the Lieutenant covering for this sadist? Why do they not charge him with a crime? How can we have ‘law enforcement’ when the cops are the criminals and their supervisors cover them for the crime? He should be charged with animal abuse at the least. Endangering the community. Dangerous use of a firearm, etc.

  9. “This is not a Chicago issue. our cops are out of control across the country and the State fully supports them by charging folks who film them behaving badly. since 911, we have been slowly and steadily moving towards an oppressive police state.”

    Eric is correct Nick. I’m sure where you live is just as corrupt as Chicago ad the police just as out of control. Perhaps though, in your thinking it is because Chicago is a Democratic Party Town. Partisanship shows Nick, even though you pretend it doesn’t. Scratch many a Libertarian and you’ll find a Republican fallback position. This is certainly not true though of all Libertarians, some like GaryT, who occasionally comments here, really are totally committed to their
    beliefs and I respect them and find some common ground.

  10. If it was me:

    Officer: “Why are you talking to reporters.”
    Darren: “Because I want to bring to the attention of the public the illegal killing of my dog by a member of your department and hope to expose the abuses being covered up by your department in the hope that your chief of police will be removed from office and the rest of those unsuited for office are removed and jailed if they committed any crimes. It is also my intention to take legal action against the department and petition government for redress of my grievances. Is there anything else?”

    I wonder if the writing of the second ticket after talking to reporters can be considered a SLAPP since the ticket is a form of civil action

  11. MikeS, “Oliver Stone on line 2”. I made the connection to Chicago in conjunction w/ Mr. Turley. Read the post. It is not only about cops killing dogs, it is about cops suppressing scrutiny ala the Alvarez debacle. I lived in Chicago, you visited there a few years back.

  12. Darren Smith gets it! This is one dog, horrible but one dog nonetheless. The BIGGER issue here is the corrupt city of Chicago and their unconstitutional attempts to protect police crimes like this.

  13. “If not checked we will have a police state the equivalent of the USSR in its heyday.” -Mike S.

    We’re well on our way…

  14. Oh yes, a 7 month old purebred puppy scampering about is a huge danger to the police! horrors! They have become a bunch of authoritarian cowards with no common sense.
    I had a much more dangerous job riding racehorses.

  15. “The ticket raises concerns of retaliation.”


    YA THINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Now there you have a real case of jack booted thugs. It really is time to do something about out of control police. Perhaps the ACLU or may be the voters could start asking some questions about why police officers would thing they have a right to stop citizens from speaking with the media. I can only think of one reason voters wouldn’t do that– the next time the officers might shot them and not their dog. We are all in prison.

  17. QUOTE ” it could allow for discovery not only on the incident but the governing policies of the CPD.”

    LOL You haven’t been following their ‘policies’?? A off duty cop beats the chit out of a female bartender, and gets 2 yrs probation instead of jail. BTW what they don’t tell you is that the reason he is beating her is that she cut him off…and the reason she cut him off is because he started a fight with another guy!!!

    Then we have the two guys that sued the cops for MILLIONS, but a “investigation” found nothing wrong! And this was after paying out $4million to a guy that had a screwdriver up his butt, and and another $2 million for false arrest with another CPD victim.

    THEN when the City Counsel wanted a list of names for offending officers, Jody refused to give it up, even after ordered by a Judge.
    NOT UNTIL HE WAS HELD IN CONTEMPT did he finally turn them over…

    I could go on all day about the Chicago police….

  18. I dont know Justice Holmes, what I would have done if that cop shot my puppy for no reason. I would have gone to jail, no doubt. An ambulance would have to be called for one of us.

  19. The National District Attorney Association once said:

    Mahatma Gandhi said, “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals.” The truth in this statement should prompt police, investigators and prosecutors to vigorously investigate and prosecute – to the fullest degree possible – those who abuse animals in America.

    (Destroyers Are Not Yet Fit To Survive).

  20. Waldo – you are so right. I too was taught to respect police. now, when I am with my 3 year old, I pull him away if we see a cop – I dont even want him in the vicinity of one. And, the word “pig” rolls easily off my tongue. I finally understand the 60s, only they lost and the military industrial complex won.

    The police state is already here – you can be beat up, at any time, for any reason buy a cop who will never face any significant punishment for doing so – and a bystander can be charged for filming the cop’s illegal act – a true patriot can be jailed for releasing our dirty little secrets to the world and we can marshal all of our allies to prosecute the man who published them. and, as if thats not enough, we engage in wide spread torture and human rights abuses and no one is charged — and the leader who was supposed to change all that, Mr. hope and change, has decided its okay to kill folks, even American citizens, purely on his say so – no due process.

  21. Wootsy, One of my Top 5 movie scenes. Only an Italian would concern himself w/ food in that instance. Of course, he knew he would catch hell from his wife. Just before he left she yelled to Clemenza, “DON’T FORGET THE CANNOLI!”

  22. This is a safe crime for an officer. What pet owner is going to attack an officer when they need to get the dog to the veterinarian in all haste?

    Seriously, you cannot even pause to kick the guy in the balls, and if you did you most likely would not get to take your pet for medical care. Yes, a very safe crime for cowards.
    They love to do this in front of children as well. That holds even more people to restraint.
    Predicting one day, some dog owner is going to shoot an officer who does this. There will be a trial. Is your dog getting murdered justification to shoot a human?

  23. nick,
    I have lived in the Chicago area all my life and the cops here are no better or worse than anywhere else. This cop and his superiors should be fired on the spot. I hope the owner gets some cash out of the City for allowing this thug to patrol the streets.

  24. rafflaw, If you’ve not lived anywhere else then how would you know? Chicago is the most corrupt, thugish, incompetent police force in the US, followed by NY, Philly, LA. But Chicago is the worst and the DA’s office covers for them. Cops in KC are told, if you pull over a person from Chicago, and they offer you $20, don’t write them up for bribery, that’s all they know. That’s is the truth. Chicago is rotten to the core. I still love it. I’ll be down there next week. But it is a one party regime, like the old Soviet Union.

  25. “I have lived in the Chicago area all my life and the cops here are no better or worse than anywhere else.”


    Exactly my point. I’ve lived in NYC and in NYState. I live in Florida. The corruption is everwhere and pretty much everywhere equal.

    “Chicago is the most corrupt, thugish, incompetent police force in the US, followed by NY, Philly, LA.”


    On another thread you asked me for examples of your stereotypical thinking. Voila! Where do you get your “facts” from? Are you really saying that those cities police forces are more corrupt than those in New Orleans. How about the police force in Maricopa County, Arizona. You really can’t fault me for the suspicion that you pick those particular cities because they have the reputation of being liberal.
    This is especially true because the two venues I’ve mentioned have particular smelly reputations, but are not considered politically liberal.

  26. Worth reading, IMO:

    Protectors of Privilege: Red Squads and Police Repression in Urban America

    by Frank Donner

    “This landmark exposé of the dark history of repressive police operations in American cities offers a richly detailed account of police misconduct and violations of protected freedoms over the past century. In an incisive examination of undercover work in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia as well as Washington, D.C., Detroit, New Haven, Baltimore, and Birmingham, Donner reveals the underside of American law enforcement.”

    Donner, a civil liberties lawyer, last wrote The Age of Surveillance (a “powerful and signficant study,” LJ 5/1/80), about federal suppression of political dissent. Viewing city police as “the protective arm . . . of the capitalist system,” Donner here documents the history of local countersubversion units, focusing on Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and Los Angeles. Donner presents a litany of police harassment and abuse, including undercover agents who incited the violence they supposedly were hired to prevent. Rather dense prose, with many footnotes and 100 pages of references, gear this book primarily to research and legal collections. A worthwhile, albeit strongly opinionated, contribution.
    – Gregor A. Preston, Univ. of California Lib., Davis

    “The corruption is everwhere and pretty much everywhere equal.” -Mike S.

    True and true.

  27. “New Orleans is most often said to have the most corrupt police force.” -Swarthmore mom

    You beat me to the punch in mentioning NOPD, Swarthmore mom.

  28. The University of Illinois-Chicago did a study on the most corrupt cities in the US earlier this year. If anyone is surprised Chicago is #1 then they’re well..let’s say misinformed.
    1 Chicago
    2 LA
    3 Manhattan
    4 Miami
    6 Newark
    7 “The Cleve”..sorry blouise, don’t kill the messenger
    8 Philly
    9 Richmond
    10 Brooklyn
    11 San Antonio [surprising to me]
    12 Orlando
    13 Fresno [Raisins cause sin I guess]
    14 Boston[As far as police corruption I put Boston right after my “stereotypical” aforementioned 4 most corrupt police forces]
    15 New Orleans

    This study was not specific to police but to the entire city. I base my “stereotypical” top 5 police forces on living in Chicago, growing up near NYC and Boston, and having sources built over 30 years, sources in police and Fed LEO across the nation. I’m amazed Detroit didn’t make this list.

    Finally, Mike you are getting paranoid on this politics thing. I don’t eat and breathe it like you. But a high school understanding of US city politics would tell you that for except a handfull of cities, they are all Dem controlled. And here’s something both Gene and I agree on. If these cities were Republican party regimes, the result would be trhe same. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” It doesn’t matter if it’s “your guys[gals]”

  29. NOPD wins the corruption competition hands down. They truly shine in that area. Every other place is just about the same with certain variations due to scaling.

  30. The biggest problem with any study of police corruption – which leads me to discount all such studies – is prevalent under reporting and some cities have cultures in their departments that encourage cover ups more than others. Some places, unless you have recorded evidence and have already taken it to the media, filing a report against a cop is simply a waste of time.

  31. Nick, Of course most cities are blue. The red areas tend to be more rural and southern. Even in Texas the cities are blue now. Dallas had a corrupt DA for years that was a republican. He loved the death penalty.

  32. ap.Red Squad

    “The arm of Chicago’s law enforcement known alternately as the Industrial Unit, the Intelligence Division, the Radical Squad, or the Red Squad, had its roots in the Gilded Age, when class conflict encouraged employers to ally themselves with Chicago’s police against the city’s increasingly politicized workforce. Following the Haymarket bombing, Captain Michael J. Schaack orchestrated a vicious campaign against anarchism, resulting in 260 arrests, bribed witnesses, attacks on immigrants and labor activists, and convoluted theories of revolutionary conspiracy. Continuing its use of both overt and covert tactics, such as surveillance, infiltration, and intimidation, Chicago’s Red Squad in the 1920s under Make Mills shifted its attention from anarchists to individuals and organizations who the Red Squad believed to be Communist. Casting a wide net, the squad by 1960 had collected information on approximately 117,000 Chicagoans, 141,000 out-of-towners, and 14,000 organizations. After the 1968 Democratic National Convention, the Red Squad expanded its targets from radical organizations like the Communist and Socialist Workers Parties to minority and reform organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Lawyers Guild, and Operation PUSH.

    After 11 years of litigation, a 1985 court decision ended the Chicago Police Department’s Subversive Activities Unit’s unlawful surveillance of political dissenters and their organizations. In the fall of 1974, the Red Squad destroyed 105,000 individual and 1,300 organizational files when it learned that the Alliance to End Repression was filing a lawsuit against the unit for violating the U.S. Constitution. The records that remain are housed at the Chicago Historical Society. The public requires special permission to access them until 2012.” Chicago Encyclopedia

  33. Size matters in holistic partisan divides, Smom. I recently saw an article on that very subject that was predicting much future disaster for the GOP as the populace increasingly urbanizes. However, corruption is ultimately a systemic problem, not a partisan problem.

  34. ap, When I first met my husband he told me that the red squad had taken pictures of him at an anti-war demonstration at the University of Chicago. I was

  35. The real issue here though is do you want a guy who would shoot a 30# dog and then return to terrorize the victims to have a gun and a badge in any area of law enforcement?

    The answer can only be no unless you’re a psychopath.

  36. Gene, When I lived in Chicago, there were reform democrats. Rahm beat the more reform minded democrats in the primary.

  37. No. It’s not. If corruption wasn’t a bi-partisan problem, impeachment wouldn’t have been off the table. Ever. For anyone.

    Corruption at both the political and the LE levels of governance is systemic. Which party is in charge makes no difference at all. Each will sell out to different interests on the political level. Same corruption, slightly different masters. And it is rooted in campaign finance and lobbying which are little more than formalized graft at this point.

    As for LE? That’s a different kind of corruption that has more to do with the “us vs. them” attitude prevalent in LE and the increasing militarization of LE. The police increasingly work for themselves and the elites who control their budgets instead of serving and protecting the populace.

  38. Nick,

    Nice study results, but know link. how can one judge the effectiveness of any study without the metrics used to obtain it. As for my paranoia I judge people simply on what they write and the connotations in their message.

  39. Unless and until we are willing to pay for better-educated, more highly
    trained LEOs, we can expect more and more sociopaths protecting and participating in causing pain to animals and those of us who love them.

  40. Gene, I hope I don’t offend you by agreeing w/ virtually everything you’ve said in your last several comments. I repeat, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” You’re much more acquainted w/ NO police, I w/ Chicago. Maybe New Orleans belongs in the top 5, but I have to put Chicago @ #1. I have only been to NO twice, and have no sources there. I do know from reading the local paper since I got to know a local chef who owns NO Takeout in Madison in 1988, just how blatant NO cops are. He has the Times Picauyune on his counter to read when you wait for his great Po Boy’s[crawfish in season!], jambalya, dirty rice, etc. He was a sous chef in NO for 20 years. John is a gadfly and very intelligent. He has many stories about NO cops. So, w/ you and he, I’ll grant you admission to the top 5. But..Chicago HAS to be #1. Please grant me that.

  41. MikeS, I don’t do links. I gave a link once that I believed to be legit. It was infected w/ a nasty virus that crashed my, and other computers who linked to it. I felt horrible and vowed to never make the same mistake twice. Just Google most corrupt US cities for chrissake. UIC is a very good university. Ask rafflaw if you don’t trust me.

  42. The University of illinois is a very good university. The main campus is in Champaign. The Chicago campus called UIC is adequate.

  43. Where you want to put Chicago is your business, nick. However, it would be unwise to think I am unfamiliar with Chicago. I’ve been there so many times I would hazard to count them. However, I did live in NO for five years and like Chicago have been going there for various reasons my entire life.

    I don’t have to grant you anything. Agreement is not required.

    I don’t think there is a single city in the United States as corrupt overall as New Orleans, including their police, with the possible exception of Washington, D.C. I’d rather live in Chicago than NO any day.

  44. Not sure if this criminal dog killer gets more thrill from killing or from seeing people traumatized and unable to retaliate..

  45. shano,

    Probably both. Killing animals for fun is a noted precursor behavior for serial killers. Anyone who would shoot a small dog with such careless disregard is only a small step away from expanding their cruelty to two-legged beings.

  46. Gene, I’ve lived in Chicago, only visited NO. However, like you, I would much rather live in Chicago for reasons I’m not proud, but honest enough to admit. Here’s the reason. There is a “Black Chicago” and a “White Chicago.” I lived in “White” but worked a lot in “Black” Chicago. It’s hard for Dems to accept but the entrenched Dem power structure is white and quite racist. When I lived in Chicago I had the honor to vote for Harold Washington. Usually, the Dem primary is dispostive for the mayoral race. Harold beat the bloated, alcoholic, Jane Byrne machine Dem in the primary. My precinct captain[I lived in the 2100 block of Waveland] was a Bryne operative. He was @ our house 2-3 times a week prior to the primary, giving us cookies, wine, and cheese. When Byrne lost, we never saw a Dem operative again. Bernie Epton was the pathetic Repub, candidate for the mayor of Chicago against Harold. He happened to be a partner in one of the rival insurance defense firms of my employer, Clausen Miller. Bernie Epton was a buffon. However, for the first time in generations, a Republican mayor was almost elected in Chicago. I voted for a second time for Harold in the general but the vast majority of his voters were black..The city of Chicago is a racist, segregated, lilly white machine. When I visit Chicago I stay on the Magnificent Mile. As I’ve written recently, when there are crimes in “White” Chicago there is immediate response. I know I’m pretty safe when I stay in “White” Chicago. Since I no longer work there, I stay in “White” Chicago.

    I am digusted by idealogues here and elsewhere who deny the basic truth. Our cities are failing because of many reasons. But, at the top of the list is the entrenched machine Dems who take care of the white businesses and communities and sh!t on the black community. The sanctimonious, paternalistic folks here who defend this are part of the problem. Chicago is like East and West Berlin. The wall is not visible, but quite real.

  47. And thanks for telling us all what we know. Actually, the main campus is in Champaign-Urbana. And UIC is a well respected branch.

  48. Wow.

    Well, you were right about one thing, nick.

    You shouldn’t be proud of that.

    Also, you can’t say corruption isn’t a partisan issue and then claim “Our cities are failing because of many reasons. But, at the top of the list is the entrenched machine Dems who take care of the white businesses and communities and sh!t on the black community.”

    Unless you just enjoy self-contradiction.

  49. “I’m amazed Detroit didn’t make this list.” (nick)

    That’s because nobody makes it out of Detroit to report.

  50. Blouise, Who knows? It was not like I was saying that the Daley machine was not a corrupt democratic machine.

  51. Blouise, SWM is Old Faithful in trying to discredit a UIC study because she doesn’t like the result. She likes to shoot from the hip and call a good University “adequate”. How sanctimonious…I guess it ain’t Swarthmore!!

    And, as I’ve said several times, if Repubs were a ruling class you would have the same authoritarian regime. It would be a Repub. partisan authoritarian regime. Pretty basic sh!t here for folks that are supposedly smart. I have to tell one sanctimonious gent Chicago is a Dem regime and that virtually all US cities are Dem regimes and I have to constantly repeat to a supposed genius what I’ve said several times, it would be no different w/ a Repub partisan regime. Lay off the stupid pills.

  52. nick, I don’t care about the study or the results. My family lives in the Chicago suburbs and that is their opinion of the circle campus. My sister was talking about their medical school last week. I don’t really keep up with it.

  53. Nick,

    I think you’re on the right track with Detroit but at this point when the cops are burning the city….. Chicago is still more corrupt than New Orleans…… Not even close….. In LA…. You don’t hear many complaints…. The alligators rarely talk…..

  54. AY, A few surprises on the list but it basically comports w/ my experience. Life is always full of surprises, that’s what I love about it. Some hate surprises, they like everything neat and tidy.

  55. AY,

    You may think you’re joking about the alligators. It’s not a joke if you knew some of the stories I do. Chicago may have more total corruption, but Chicago is twice the size of NO. New Orleans has more per captia corruption and I’d wager on that. In a state known for its general level of corruption being quite high, New Orleans is an exemplar of excellence.

  56. Nick and Gene,

    A persons truth is the truth they know with the facts they have at hand in making a rational conclusion….. Not wishful, hopeful thinking….. Gene, there are some rather unpleasant transaction that I’m aware of that the gators got fed… yes, there are things I don’t know every detail but….. I agree….

  57. Gene, as we both know, both Illinois and Louisiana have had their share of morally questionable governors of both parties. Illinois had Ron the Con and Ryan, both of whom are currently living at a taxpayer funded bed and breakfast.

    Louisiana’s governors are not only corrupt, but traditionally more colorful, such as Huey Long and Fast Eddie.

  58. Nick,

    I don’t do trusting somebodies sources that serve their arguments without investigating the source material. I hope in your PI work you are more careful, than in yourcomments.

  59. Are we really trying to figure out who’s the most corrupt, with cities like NO, Chicago and Detroit in the contest? What about county governments? Do we want to throw in Fairfax VA, Montgomery County MD, Rockland County NY? How about Simi Valley out in Sunny California? How does a county or city win this prize, are there three judges and one of them has to be a woman? Will viewers get to vote? Jeez! Most Corrupt? Most Corrupt?

    Who tallies it all, Deloitte? Arthur Anderson?

    And the winner is…

  60. More than a year ago a lot of two legged creatures called humanoids were in the foreplay of “Occupy Wall Street!”. Then they eased off for the election. Well its time for them to get off the arses in Chicago and put their two legs into action and: Occupy Pigsty!

    Four legs good, two legs baaaaad!
    –Animal Farm

  61. Just before he left she yelled to Clemenza, “DON’T FORGET THE CANNOLI!”nick the spinner….
    use your eyes dude! how many times did that cannoli just not make it home…..

  62. MikeS, Google it for chrissake. It takes 20 seconds. Are the Jets causing you to be a curmudgeon? Life’s too short to be know that better than most.

  63. “Are we really trying to figure out who’s the most corrupt, with cities like NO, Chicago and Detroit in the contest?”


    The cooment you made introduced by this sentence makes exactly the point I was trying to make, but more elegantly.

  64. “MikeS, Google it for chrissake.”


    I googled it:

    “The list was complied through a data search of the number of convictions for public corruption between 1976 and 2010.”

    As I suspected this “study” was not done in depth, nor with any scientific accuracy, thus cannot be considered as factual evidence. The raw number of convictions is nowhere near a valid assessment of generalized corruption. As a matter of fact one could argue the reverse in stating this list shows the Cities most intolerant of corruption, since they actually prosecute it. The really corrupt Cities and counties are the ones that don’t prosecute corruption.

    This is the problem with much of what you post Nick and why I call you on it. You tend to make broad generalizations based on anecdotes, speculation and specious sources. This list is like the one that names the best educational institutions in the country. It is methodologically superficial and evinces a lack of desire to really seriously investigate the target subject. As I stated before I hope that your PI work is more serious in finding true results, than the comments that you make.

  65. Back in the ’60s and ’70s my hippie friends were afraid of getting beaten up by the police. Today, they might be shot. These days, cops reach for their guns first, even though they have more non-lethal options than ever before. A cop who will shoot an non-aggressive animal without a second thought is just working himself up to the day when he shoots an unarmed, non-threatening citizen in cold blood. I avoid even the smallest encounters with police.

  66. Largest Street Gang in America

    @28:54 if you want to see what the police do if you simply request a form to file a complaint.

  67. […] What makes this alleged threat even more egregious is that we have been a disturbing trend of officers shooting family dogs under questionable circumstances here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here andhere and here and here). It is chilling that, according to Crinnian, the first thing that this officer thought of was to threaten to shoot the family’s pets as if it were just one more minor act like kicking in a door. [I apologize for the way in which the list of links is formatted, but after reviewing the HTML code there seems to be nothing I can do about it.] […]

  68. […] What makes this alleged threat even more egregious is that we have been a disturbing trend of officers shooting family dogs under questionable circumstanceshere and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here andhere and here and here). It is chilling that, according to Crinnian, the first thing that this officer thought of was to threaten to shoot the family’s pets as if it were just one more minor act like kicking in a door. [I apologize for the way in which the list of links is formatted, but after reviewing the HTML code there seems to be nothing I can do about it.] […]

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