State House Blocks Law Protecting Police K9s Because It's Anti-Black

HollyMatkin

The Missouri House voted against a bill that would have raised penalties for injuring or murdering K9 officers.

​Jefferson City, MO – A bill that would have raised the penalties for injuring or murdering police K9 officers failed to pass on Monday, after a group of mostly black legislators suggested the bill was anti-black and said dealing with police accountability legislation was more important.

The bill was introduced after Cass County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) K9 Champ was stabbed in the neck while he assisted Harrisonville Police Department (HPD) officers in a pursuit and arrest on Dec. 11, 2017, The Kansas City Star reported.

K9 Champ, who officers found bleeding heavily from a 1 ½ inch stab wound to his neck, survived the attack, and has returned to duty, WDAF reported.

But under current law, his assailant faced a maximum of just 15 days in jail, and a fine of $700 – the same potential penalty for theft of a library book, according to WDAF.

“We need to strengthen Missouri’s laws,” Missouri Governor Eric Greitens told The Missouri Times. “These K-9s do incredible work on behalf of our people. They are trained, tough dogs, and they help keep Missourians safe.”

If enacted, the new law would have raised the penalty for incapacitation or murder of a K9 officer to three to 10 years. Defendants convicted of assaulting a K9 officer would have faced a year in jail and a $2,000 fine, The Kansas City Star reported.

The bill failed on a vote of 73 to 68, after some black members of the legislature raised concerns that passage of the bill would send a message that K9 officers were more important than the concerns of African-Americans.

According to the Associated Press, some Missouri House members argued that K9 officers were used by police to subdue black people.

“Police dogs historically, and to this day, have been used against African Americans,” Rep. Gail McCann Beatty said.

Opponents were also critical of the fact that the bill was among the first to be considered, while legislation related to police accountability had not been addressed.

Rep. Shamed Dogan noted that the potential penalties proposed in the bill were harsher than some sexual assault penalties. He also argued that citizens have a “right to defend” themselves against a K9 officer, and that the proposed measure would have eliminated that.

"Of course I want to protect our officers," Dogan said, according to the Associated Press. "But giving special protections to their dogs I think is a step too far, and it's a step that takes away my right to defend myself."

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Makes sense. There's all kinds of videos of black folk being attacked by police dogs.

Randy-
Randy-

I strongly agree that a person does have the “right to defend”, they cant be attacked by trained dogs, dogs should be used for search & rescue & tracking narcotics not primarily as weapons.

Sheman
Sheman

That is stupid.now dogs are racism. The dog dont now race.what about pit bulls trained to kill police officers.

drjbryant
drjbryant

Dogs are man's best friend for a reason. People hurting a K-9 dog should endure the same penalties as if they'd injured a human cop. We must protect those that protect us.

craigers37
craigers37

After reading the resoonses by Randy and Hi_estCommDenomm, I realize how stupid you both truly are. First, dogs are colorblind, so everything they see is black and white. Second, if you aren't in trouble, then why are you running?, Third, police dogs have saved countless officer's lives by tracking down a suspect, so the "right to defend" is not valid. If you are a criminal, submit early and avoid having to fight off a K9.

RunCop
RunCop

Why are black 'politicians' so racist?

RunCop
RunCop

Lowest common denominator's criminal family members must have bites marks all over them !

rds40
rds40

You have a point. Nome of those examples involved an attack on the dog. Your thinking is beyond ignorrent.

Dfc3166
Dfc3166

I wasn't doing nothing, the dog just attacked me. I wasn't running from the scene of a crime, I was just out jogging. Yeah, right! Always got some excuse, never your fault! Let's hear some more mumbo jumbo shit! Don't take any responsibility for your actions, it's always someone elses fault. BS!

AHuman
AHuman

A K9 is a Police Officer! Is anyone else sick of the race card? They say whites are so prejudice but they throw that race card every chance they get. Why can’t we all be color blind like the K9’s?

BunnyDee714
BunnyDee714

More cop hating racists, making policy. It would be awesome if they didn't let identity politics cloud their judgment. We aren't living under "Jim Crow" regardless is how many Hollywood movies tell us we are. Those dogs are used to protect humans, investigate dangerous situations, and apprehend humans who are committing crimes. Even in 2018 I really don't think dogs can be racist. They know good guy, and bad guy. Oh, and what about the over-representation of black officers in this country compared to the population? No one talks about that. I'm sure they would want this bill passed. Smdh

Deny
Deny

K9's go after ANYONE running from the law--Black or White. Stupid assed politicians....

mstrplmber
mstrplmber

K-9's are useful yes, to a degree. I have been watching Live PD and some of those dogs have "detected" odors on cars, and yet nothing is found. So I ask myself, should dogs be allowed to search cars, and I say no. Here is why. The officer gets the dog out of the car, how many times in a shift? How do we know the scent the dog is supposedly picking up isn't the one from the last car he went through? These officers don't give them time to acclimate to their surroundings, it's out of the patrol car where contraband may already be and into a car where nothing may be, but as he leads the dog around the car some say"find dope" . How are we not to know that is the signal to sit? As far as k-9's chasing the bad guy, dogs are colorblind, so they don't see white or black. I believe it is the k-9's handler's responsibility whatever the dog may do, he's the one that trained him right? If he lets him off leash he should be held accountable for whatever and whomever the dog hurts. Good or Bad.

VGC
VGC

I guess the state of Missouri has caught the lunatic left disease!!! Or possibly they are just stupid. They have know set a presidence that gives black thugs a free get out of jail free card. I feel quite certain that the black lies matter and the naacp were busing people to the BS vote and the politicians lost there balls. I hope to see one of the get bitten by a K- cop bite them in their soory ass!!

BLM-NZ
BLM-NZ

That's sad to hear. The K9's are on duty as much as an officer and trained as such. $700 you have to be kidding. Wouldn't even pay the vet bill.

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

How the fuck is this a racial issue. Fuck I’m so tired of this anti-black shit. K-9’s get attacked by all races. The law for a k-9 OFFICER should be the same as a human OFFICER ! So if the K-9 is of Black Color is it Black on black crime or a brown colored K-9 is a racist attack on a oppressed African American. This is fucking rediculous !!!

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

OHMYGOD ! WTF ! I can't anymore, I just cant !

Betts1221
Betts1221

Rep. Dogan, if the perpetrators wouldn't run or try fighting with the police he wouldn't have to worry about the K9 officer biting him. Most of these perps, white or black, will not do as they are told. The police officers are not going to let a police dog near a perp unless they are fighting the police. Please using the race card, it's getting old.

Toughdawgsbite1
Toughdawgsbite1

What do those idiots want? The dogs to have questionnaires attached to their harness? So in the middle they stop and ask the suspect to fill it out in regards to race, crime, if they were running from a crime etc. 😂😂 what dumb asses. While working for p.b.s.o I saw k9 biting all different races, the dogs didn't stop once to ask anyone what race they were 😂😂

Randy-
Randy-

What y'all blue boot lickers fail to realize i was voicing the cases that of "I N N O C E N T" people attacked by K9's.

Randy-
Randy-

On March 9th 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit issued one of the most gruesome and inhumane decisions in recent memory, holding that the Constitution DOES NOT necessarily require law enforcement officers to stop police dogs from brutally mauling INNOCENT people.

Scattered
Scattered

The K9's don't go after INNOCENT people black or white. They go after people that flee, run, or attack police officers. If course the law didn't PASS because the politition are BLACK. Poor, poor black people, so mistreated. They are treated like criminals because they ARE FUCKING CRIMINALS!!!!! That's WHY they get shot, mauled by dogs and there are more black people in prison. You act like a thug think like a thug you are a fucking thug!!!!!!!!!!!

ForestJohn
ForestJohn

This is why this country is in such a turmoil. We keep electing stupid politicians who make stupid decisions. The black people that get bit by K-9's do because they are criminals who like to run and hide. The politicians should tell their black constituents to "stop-hands up" and they won't get bit. No, these stupid gutter-monkey politicians have to make it about race.

MMercer91
MMercer91

1) Dogs can detect the odor of drugs a full year after they’ve been removed from the vehicle. 2) The dogs really only get out 2-3 tines a shift. 3) Like humans, dogs can’t keep smelling something that they smelled an hour ago. 4) Dogs ARE NOT colorblind, and even if they were, they can still tell a white person from a black person, however, all they know is good guy from bad guy. Many decorated and fantastic cops are black/Hispanic/Asian. My husband is a cop and I was a 911 dispatcher. Watching Live PD does not in any way make you any kind of expert on the subject.

boongoon
boongoon

Stabbing ANY dog warrants more than 15 days. No, you DON'T have a right to defend yourself against a police dog. All you have a RIGHT to do is surrender.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Usually for good reason. If you don't run or fight the police you will not be bit by a police K-9. Videos of the police using the K-9's in any other way are very old. K-9's usage is specific. All the police depts. I am familiar with only use k-9's for drug detection, tracking and apprehension of a felon.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Rep. Shamed Dogan is a dangerous man! Will he next propose the disarmament of cops to facilitate his need to resist the police?

Pawneebill47
Pawneebill47

Yeah because we ALL know police dogs hate black people. You need slapped, you're an idiot like the other 80% of YOU PEOPLE. Being black does not make you innocent, I am so sick of your whiny shit. If I had my way everyone like you would be sent to one state and a wall built around it. No cops, no laws, just animals like you killing each other.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka
rover77
rover77

race politics....amazing...and they pay these people to hold office lol

Cmdr_D126
Cmdr_D126

This does bring up a rather philosophical (yet practical) question for this state's lawmakers. What happens when a bad guy, regardless of color, takes a knife or gun to the police dog and the handler employs deadly force to save the life of the dog? I think that is a legitimate question (unless I missed it before in the lengthy thread). The Sunshine state protects its police animals a bit more vigorously...

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?mode=View%20Statutes&SubMenu=1&App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=police+animal&URL=0800-0899/0843/Sections/0843.19.html

Jesyrocha
Jesyrocha

Human officer or k9 officer, an officer is an officer. Is it because most police k9s are german sheperds and generally have some brown and white fur to go with the black. And here we are usinv the damn racist card again for no reason.

MyRightsMyGun2
MyRightsMyGun2

Go figure that it was black legislatures that blocked this. Their reasoning being a telling excuse. All they did was admit that ALOT of black people are in confrontations with Police.Being in contact with police is one thing. But in that same contact becoming aggressive or worse is what would bring the K9 into play. It's only a race issue if they want to use that excuse.

gfc1963
gfc1963

People find racism in anything nowadays. This bill wasn't about making K9's more protected than black people, it was simply making the sentence tougher.

Unicorn Princess
Unicorn Princess

The dumb, it's everywhere...

K9smatter
K9smatter

Yeah Buddy! These ignorant, crime loving politicians, need an attitude adjustment! Don't break the law or resist the police, and you won't have to worry about getting bit! 🐕🐾🐾


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