Last edited by Hard Truth; 01-10-15 at 05:16 PM.
Bringing in a copter and K9 is an escalation of the resources devoted to catching the subject, I didn't mean escalation of force or violence.
The irony of this is that 30 years a go people were just as upset of German Shepherds as they are now about Pitbulls, most police dogs are German Shepherds.
Another factor that the anti-pitbull crowd ignores is that pitbulls are very popular. There are a lot more pitbulls out there than any other breed in many areas. Pitbulls have joined the rank of popularly feared dog breeds:German Shepherds, Doberman pinschers, Rottweilers, Wolf hybrids, Malamutes, Husky's, Chow's, Boxer's, Bullmastiff, And St. Bernards for a while because of one movie.
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
It may interest some to know that SCOTUS has ruled that police use of a K9 to pursue a fleeing a suspect is appropriate: Case Law :: Patrol :: United States Police Canine Association
Additionally, using a dog is equal force to using a baton or fist, and you can only use your personal dog against an intruder when you would be justified in fighting that intruder yourself. Mere trespassing does not justify violence, so mere trespassing doesn't justify a dog attacking. The trespasser has to also be damaging property or pose a threat to a person.
Even if using a police K9 to pursue a fleeing suspect were excessive force, which it's not, and even if said K9 running through your yard were trespassing, which it's not, you still aren't justified in attacking it. You are justified in filing a 'you darn kids stay off my lawn' complaint with the department in the morning and moving on with your life. In many states, attacking that K9 is identical to assaulting a law enforcement officer, so keep your dogs in check.
Google is your friend.]When is a Warrant Not Required?
There are times when police can perform a search without a warrant, and most searches actually do occur without warrants being issued. That is not to say the police can barge into your home and search it without a warrant; if there is a reasonable expectation of privacy and there is not probable cause, a search warrant is required. However, if probable cause does occur, such as the suspect runs away, a gunshot is heard from another room in a home, or even when an individual makes a sudden movement, a search becomes legal without a warrant. Even with a reasonable expectation of privacy, the police can legally conduct a search without a warrant in situations in which certain exemptions*apply.
Notice that there wasnt a police statement signifying at all why they chased the guy? The police dont sound like they wish to talk about this case at all. Most likely it is an embarrassment. Because of the cop shooting a home owners legal pet we know that the cops used seemingly ridiculous amount of power to chase a guy that ran from cops because he had no damn headlight. And this will probably be all that we ever hear about this case. Notice also that animal control showed up to help the dog and take care of the dog. Sounds like the police knew that they were in the wrong. Otherwise they would have left the care of the family pet up to the owner.