Weslaco, TX — Americans, it seems, are increasingly becoming desensitized to police violence — to the point that unarmed fathers being gunned down in front of their children barely registers as a blip on the nightly news radar. According to newspaper editors, however, “stories about animal abuse often generate more responses from upset readers than articles about violence directed toward humans.” Reports from police agencies support the claim thatshooting a dog brings more heat down on an agency than an officer-involved shooting of a human.”

One would think that because the stigma associated with police officers shooting dogs is often worse than police officers killing people, that cops would try to shoot fewer dogs. However, as a recent case out of Weslaco, TX shows us, one would be wrong.

Manuel Garcia was sitting at the dinner table with his family Sunday afternoon when they were frightened by the sound of two gunshots in their front yard. When Garcia opened the door to see what was going on, he saw a Weslaco police officer pointing a gun at his dog who was bleeding out just a few feet from their front door.

The Weslaco cop had killed their dog.

“It’s like losing a family member, you know,” Garcia said. “He got shot and they wouldn’t let me take him to the hospital.”

Gator, the family’s beloved pit bull was not loose roaming the streets. He was inside Garcia’s yard, entirely enclosed by a fence, with clearly posted “Beware of Dog” signs all around it.

However, the fence, the signs, the barking — none of this mattered to the officer who decided to trespass into the family’s property to tell them their truck was parked the wrong way on the street.

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As KRGV reports, the street the family lives on is a two-way, with no room for parking in the front. Garcia’s cars are parked in the back. On Sunday, Garcia said his truck was parked in front.

“He said we were illegally parked, that he was going to ask us to move the truck,” he said.

So, the cop ignored every one of the signs, walked into the yard and killed the family pet.

“He’s like the dog attacked me and I said, ‘He’s doing his job,’” Garcia said. “He never sounded his horn, he didn’t put his siren, he didn’t use his microphone. He didn’t try to reach us, he didn’t rattle the fence,” he said.

Naturally, the department is standing behind their officer’s actions. They noted that the officer entering the property with ‘beware of dog’ signs all around and killing the family pet — was all within department policy.

The department released the following statement this week:

On Sunday April 9, 2017 at approximately 3:00 p.m. Weslaco Police responded to the area of 200 E. Pike Blvd in reference to an improperly parked vehicle. The on scene Officer observed a vehicle parked on top of the sidewalk facing traffic. The Officer approached the gated residence and made entry through the unlocked front gate. Once inside the property the Officer observed a large, gray Pitbull running towards him. In the Officers attempt to kick the dog it became more aggressive and bit down on the front portion of the Officers boot. It was at this time the Officer feared for his safety and discharged two rounds from his service weapon striking the dog.

Garcia said that he is not taking any chances next time and has since put a lock on his gate.

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In the land of the free, police can come onto your private property to tell you your truck is parked incorrectly, kill your dog in front of your family, and this is called ‘standard procedure.’ Well, it’s a damn good thing that — postal workers, delivery truck drivers, pizza delivery drivers, and all the other jobs that require people to go to someone’s home and NOT KILL THEIR DOG — don’t claim the same rights as cops, or family pets would probably be extinct.

Sadly, this trend shows no signs of slowing.

According to some estimates, as John Whitehead points out, a dog is shot by a police officer “every 98 minutes.”

The Department of Justice estimates that at least 25 dogs are killed by police every day.

The Puppycide Database Project estimates the number of dogs being killed by police to be closer to 500 dogs a day(which translates to 182,000 dogs a year).

Because not all police departments keep track of canine shootings, these numbers vary widely. However, whatever the final body count, what we’re dealing with is an epidemic of vast proportions.

Incredibly, in 1 out of 5 cases involving police shooting a family pet, a child was either in the police line of fire or in the immediate area of a shooting.

The so-called “dangerous” breeds of dogs aren’t the only ones that are being killed in encounters with police either.

Journalist Radley Balko has documented countless “dog shootings in which a police officer said he felt ‘threatened’ and had no choice but to use lethal force, including the killing of a Dalmatian (more than once), a yellow Lab , a springer spaniel, a chocolate Lab, a boxer, an Australian cattle dog, a Wheaten terrier, an Akita… a Jack Russell terrier… a 12-pound miniature dachshund… [and] a five-pound chihuahua.”

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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • David Daisy May Boldock

    Sick bastard deserves some form of karma, and sooner than later.

    • Ed

      It will happen!

  • Gordon Klock

    You cannot reason with some cops, you can only succeed in angering them….

    • Ed

      That’s why the “Right to remain Silent” works! You will have your time to talk later.

  • Abz B Zbas

    Cop: “I ordered the K9 to put his hands in the air. He did not immediately comply. It was then that I noticed he was reaching into his waistband for what appeared to be a weapon. Once again I ordered the dog to show his hands. The dog approached me in a threatening manner so I fired my service weapon.”

    • PJ London

      Cop “I noticed that the canine had his hands in his pockets, and I ordered him to take his hands out of his pockets. Twice I ordered him but he did not comply. Fearing for my safety I shot him.”
      Kid “Dady that man just shot our kangaroo.”

  • katgal1232

    It is time we legislate that if a cop comes on private property w/out being asked to be there we can shoot. We can make our own policies.

  • Michael Williams

    he needs to put razor wire on his fence

  • Difster

    And there is not one report ever of a cop being killed by a dog.

  • Roy Gutfinski

    The cops’ War on the Public has now morphed into the War on Pets as thousands of cops every year kill harmless pets in order to maintain their Culture of Fear against law abiding Americans.

  • Guy

    I don’t care who you are. You come onto my property, uninvited and unannounced, I will use any and all means to remove you ! I don’t have a no trespassing sighn posted, so you can ignore it. And just because you are wearing a uniform and badage doesn’t cut any ice with me ! Get a fucking warrant or make phone calls !

  • Bob Btme

    Wow, this story is unbelievable, what a sick culture:

    >>>Sexton later learned the two dogs had triggered M-44s, also known as cyanide bombs or traps, used to kill coyotes and foxes that depredate livestock.

  • Zackknowitall

    They said “blip on the news” unruly one of these piggers fuck up murdering the wrong persons kid. Then Tajik cops along with their families all across the country would pay for the sins of police pig. This type of person you don’t want to hurt his family but would wish you didn’t if you did.

    The wrong person would wage a war on random cops not just the one who hurt his family. He would do this so that he could get away with putting in a shit load of work knowing that killing the cop who just killed his kid would make him suspect number one. He also knows that rolling into a random small town and tagging a cop sitting in his car is easy and no one will suspect him. The wrong person also don’t care about living and will never see a day in jail as he will kill himself before being arrested or shortly after being arrested.

    I tell you what if we had more people like this then cops would not set up drug deals for $5 worth of weed then shoot kids in the back as they drove way or ran for their lives Zack Hammond. They wouldn’t shoot people in the back like Walter Scott, Jaquan Mcdoland. They wouldn’t beat or assault people.

  • Jeff Pearce Sr.

    As the article states, “officials state the cop was following protocol” or words to that effect. Understand that yes, they hire cops to be aggressive and desensitized. Going after and complaining about cops is the wrong path. It’s those writing the rules that protect cops, that is the disease. Fix the disease not the symptoms. The rulers love the unwashed masses going after their enforcers. Takes the heat off the rulers.

  • Ed

    This cop must have a 1 inch wiener! We must string up the chihuahua killer!

  • Ibcamn

    cops are cowards…they will go out of their way to give themselves the reason to kill something,dogs are their favorite guessing cops are such pussy’s,that they just need to kill dogs,well,mostly puppy’s and kitten’s.
    cops will create the event to allow them to kill that animal,cops will literally break the law[s],and knowingly trespass so they can kill an animal…what does this tell you about cops…hmmm…

  • Mike

    This cop is a POS and deserves to die. I hope and pray that he ends up dead in the gutter, gut shot and I hope he suffers in pain for hours. If that was my dog and yard, there would be one dead cop, as he was trespassing and after he killed my dog for no reason I feared for my life thinking he was going to shoot me, so I shot first.

  • Mother Earth

    Poor America’ What a murderous regime you have

  • Kathleen Chippi

    it’s sickening.