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If a cop hits his K-9 partner, can he be charged with assault on a L.E.O?

On the news today. Animal rights groups are pushing for an officer to be officially charged for his dog in the nose.

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Not sure about cops, but in the military a K-9 is always one rank above his handler. Striking the dog would be the same ad hitting a higher ranking soldier.

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It was a question on National news and I think the cop should get some sort of reprimand but where does one draw the line. I have to assault my folk's yard this week with a lawn mower!
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I think he should be demoted and off k-9 duty.
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The cop should get more then a reprimand. The dog is considered his partner and has been trained at taxpayers expense to give up his life to protect/secure the safety of all. The scary part is the fact that the officer is obviously not a cop who should be a cop. quite frankly mowing the lawn in comparison to the assault by a cop is assinine and not funny. Best hope you are not stopped by the cop who hit his partner the cop is not fit to be a cop
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Thanks dawnbright! Someday there might be plant activists. We already have people protecting trees.
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Well I draw the line at grass and weeds. I assault them all the time - including chemical warfare. Now a tree I might get some chains and locks and attach myself to. Depends on the weather...
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I'm a tree hugger! :)
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:} yep
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Probably it makes sense but some cops will do anything to prevent arrest or any punishment.

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Someone videoed the cop punching his K-9 Shepard in the nose.
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YES! Striking a K9 dog is punishable. The dog will be removed from the officer it was assigned to and the officer will be brought up on charges.

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A nice wake up call for the mean cops!
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yep
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Yes, he will be charged. The dog is left in his care, we don't punch animals in the face to get them to listen. He should have chosen a less stressful occupation.

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yep. issues + cop = bad for everyone
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If you or I were to hit the dog WE WOULD BE CHARGED w/ felony assault of a police officer.
Officers are specifically trained NEVER to hit their Knine partners because it destroys their training. Like any dog they will become hand shy or worse.
SO YES HE SHOULD BE CHARGED w/ assault and destroying/misuse of public property.

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As a former K 9 officer I would never hit my dog! That officer should loose his dog, be terminated from his employment and criminally charged!

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I agree, saw it on the news! He "punched" his career away is what i think!
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