This article about police in Decatur, Alabama, shooting two dogs brings up a string of questions about the tendency for police to cross the line in recent years. Some call them “adrenaline junkies,” and, in my opinion, shows like COPS glorified sometimes over-the-top behavior of people who took their jobs a little too seriously. And this incident occurred over an arrest for public intoxication and having an open container–a law I find even more surreal and backward the longer I live outside the U.S. As always, the brave men in blue defended their actions against unanimous witness accounts.
Police Brutality against innocent dogs (CNN iReport)
Here are other examples that have brought this pattern to mind.