When I first heard about this, that Baltimore Police Officer Jeffrey Bolger killed a dog with a knife, I immediately formed an idea of what happened. My thought was that the dog was a big dog, a pit or a shepherd, etc. that had attacked the officer and knocked him down so that a knife was the only option.
Boy, were my initial thoughts wrong.
Bolger has arrested and is suspended without pay while he is facing felony animal cruelty charges. A second officer, Thomas Schmidt, was been suspended with pay while the department investigates whether Schmidt held the dog down while Bolger killed it. He has subsequently been charged with animal cruelty and malfeasance in office.
There was absolutely no need for the dog to be killed, it was at the end of a catch pole and was under control. If the dog needed to be put down (for rabies or whatever), then animal control should have been the ones to do it, not the ESU/SWAT officers.
And police officers wonder why they don’t have the support of the general public…