(Brandon Turbeville) If anyone in America still remains ignorant of the increasingly violent and hostile nature of their law enforcement officers, then one might do well to pay a visit to the Merced, California police shooting range to catch a glimpse of the psychopathic, cruel, and savage nature that has now encompassed the vast majority of police in this country.
In what sounds more like a fabricated Internet rumor, the fact is that the Merced, California Police Department has been taking injured animals to the shooting range and shooting them for target practice, as discussed in the video below.
In fact, this horrific behavior was actually first reported by CBS13 out of California, when discussing police procedure in regards to shooting injured animals in the field. Unfortunately, the CBS report did not focus on the Merced Police Department’s horrific animal executions nearly as much as it should have.
Instead, they chose to focus on more “mundane” situations in which an officer may find an injured animal “in the field” who is in unbearable pain and, one might argue, would be better off dead. The idea, in short, is that, in some cases, if the animal is going to die anyway, it may be more humane to take its life than to let it continue to suffer.
The California penal code reads,
…any officer…may, with the approval of his or her immediate superior, humanely destroy any abandoned animal in the field in any case where the animal is too severely injured to move or where a veterinarian is not available and it would be more humane to dispose of the animal.
The above issue aside, however, the Merced Police Department’s actions are no act of compassionate charity. In fact, it seems that the MPD is routinely locating injured animals for the pleasure of target practice.
Thus, if the animal is in such pain as to warrant being killed, how could it possibly be justified to catch the animal, transport it to the shooting range, set it up as a target (how long does it have to wait?), and then shoot it. Of course, after all of this, one could only hope that the animal is killed with the first shot.
Abusive and violent police behavior has been increasing rapidly in the United States, particularly in the last few years. From brutal treatment of apprehended criminals to the beatings, humiliation, killings of innocent people as well as sexual assault, law enforcement agencies and police all across America have made it clear that they are here to violate, dominate, and oppress – not protect and serve. Yet, unfortunately, Americans, who are largely paralyzed by an entertainment-obsessed stupor of cop shows, detective programs, and forensic dramas, seem entirely oblivious to the fact that they themselves are now considered the enemy.
Killing animals for fun is one of the true hallmarks of a psychopath. The very fact that such an individual (indeed, individuals) can not only be present within a local police force but thrive in it, should serve as a wake-up call to everyone.
The people of Merced, California, and the United States as a whole, must take good hard look at what their police forces have become before it is entirely too late. Judging by the openness of the Merced Police Department and the behavior of police departments across the country, we are quickly nearing that deadline.
This story was first seen on Activist Post