By Steve Elliott ~alapoet~ in News
Monday, November 19, 2012 at 9:57 am
|My Fox Memphis|
|They're so eager to shoot the dogs these days, they're accidentally shooting each other|
Over the last few years, it seems cops have decided it's the "thing to do" when conducting drug raids on family residences: Going in with guns blazing and shooting the family pets has become the barbaric way things are done in America's War On Drugs. It's almost as if once the avid Drug Warriors saw their fellow boys in blue getting away with this kind of thing, it became "their right" to shoot the dogs on the most petty little pot raids.
Now, they've gotten so avid about shooting family dogs while on drug raids, that in their unholy enthusiasm, these contemptible morons have starting shooting each other.
A Memphis police office was recently shot and critically injured by Officer Byron Willis, 43, who claimed he was aiming at a dog, city officials said on November 8. Willie Bryant, 32, of the Organized Crime Unit, was taken to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis.
He slipped into critical condition and was taken into surgery, Memphis Police Department Director Toney Armstrong said, report Jody Callahan, Scott Carroll, and Kristina Goetz of The Commercial Appeal.
One of those "multi-jurisdictional gang unit task forces" -- you know, the kind designed to suck up fat federal "crime fighting" grants without ever actually accomplishing anything except allowing wanna-be Rambos to dress up in combat gear and terrorize citizens -- was serving a warrant at 589 Arrington near Thomas in North Memphis when the incident began.
When police burst into the home, two dogs, a pit bull and a Cane Corso, were inside, according to James Rogers, administrator at Memphis Animal Saervices. The Corso was loose and the pit bull was in a kennel.
The cops claim the loose dog "charged"; the cowards always claim that, of course, when more often than not, the friendly animals are simply trying to enthusiastically greet the new visitors to their home. That led to the easily scared Officer Byron Willis's panicked shot which struck Bryant instead of the dog.
The shot missed the dog and hit Bryant -- who was wearing a bulletproof vest -- in the back. Bryant was rushed by ambulance to the hospital, and police cordoned off the area around the incident, where more than two dozen Memphis Police Department units responded to the scene. Well, at least that's a police force that makes themselves look busy, eh? Call it job security.
Animal control officers found two more Cane Corsos in the back yard; Memphis Animal Control Services took all four dogs.
The shooter, Willis, has only been on the force since July; he's been placed on paid leave pending an "investigation."
Charles Cross, one of the men at the residence, has been charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine with intent to sell, and illegal gun charges. He has posted a $90,000 bond, reports Adam Hammond at WREG.
Cross's alleged partner Lazarus Johnson is also charged in connection with the raid; he can't meet his $40,000 bond, so he's still in the Memphis Jail. Both are scheduled to appear in court this week.