bad cop of the day
This is simply unspeakable: A vacationing family is pulled over on a mistaken carjacking report. They're ordered to leave the car and handcuffed. Besides protesting their innocence, they plead for the officers to shut the doors of their vehicle so their dogs don't escape, but to no avail. When one of the dogs does leave the vehicle, one of the cops blasts the pooch's head off with a shotgun as its horrified family looked on. A spokesperson for the THP called the incident "unfortunate" and wished it "could have been avoided."
I certainly don't think this behavior is typical of police everywhere or even of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. But I think it's clear that one particular officer proved to be, in Digby's words, a trigger-happy paranoid moron, and that isn't a type I'm comforable with having on the force.
Update: South Knox Bubba has more here, here and here.