Stop the Use of Police Dogs on People
In light of the recent death of Mr. Bruce Kelley, Jr., a homeless man with mental health issues, and the many others who have been maimed, mauled, and incarcerated behind the use of police dogs, we the undersigned demand an end to the use of police dogs on human beings.
On Sunday January 31, 2016, Bruce Kelley Jr, was approached by police for drinking in a park with his father. At the sight of the officers he began to walk away. An altercation ensued and Mr. Kelley got away. He walked through the neighborhood with officers following him, but not apprehending him because he had a pocket knife.
At one point, Police tried to tase Bruce Jr. Due to Mr. Kelley wearing layers of clothing as the homeless population usually does, the tasers didn't have an effect.
“At the time they released the dog on him, he had a knife and he stabbed the dog and the dog went down. Then officers shot and killed the man,” said Supt. Charlie Moffat with County Police.
After a similar incident in the summer 2014, Rocco's Law was passed in Pennsylvania. Under the new law, hurting a police dog would now be a second-degree felony that would carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
This practice is inhumane for both the dog and the person being attacked. It is illogical to expect a human being not to defend themselves when being attacked by a dog, and therefore setting them up for a felony, while at the same time, putting the dog in serious harms way. It is also nearly impossible not to be severely injured once attacked by a dog. We demand an end to the use of police dogs on people. Police dogs should solely be used for track-and-sniff purposes in instances such as bomb and drug detection.
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