Ernest Dempsey — Stories of cops losing control, whatever of it they have, and killing without any reason are now getting common in the US. As if to revive the horror of Cisco’s reckless killing only a few days after it happened, a police officer in North Carolina took all the liberty to ignore signs and common sense while delivering subpoenas only to kill a harmless dog on its own property.
The incident took place in Hoke County, North Carolina, at around 10: 15 am on April 21, 2012, when Sgt. Corey Manning from Hoke County’s Sheriff’s Office drove to Megan Posey’s house to deliver “friendly” subpoenas. When Megan Posey was informed by her little sister about an officer standing outside with the subpoenas, she got worried since she already had put signs outside her house warning strangers not to come past the flags but stay inside their vehicles and blow the horn. To her, it was important to her safety and that of her family, including her pets. And now there was a cop, a stranger, and of course, an armed one, on her property without paying heed to the warning signs.
Megan Posey started running to the door to get to the cop before any scene could be created by his carelessness. But before she could get to the door, she heard the gunshot that would make a bleeding hole in her life. And she saw it at the end of the stairs – her friendly and loving pit bull, endearingly called Big Daddy, lying there bleeding and lifeless. Shocked at what was before her, Posey screamed “why?” The dog hadn’t even barked and his owner was at a loss making any sense of why a cop would shoot him. But Sgt. Manning, perhaps for the glorious uniform he was wearing, refused to say anything, except two words: “no comment”.
Indeed what comment could be made for a sudden, reckless murder which has no justification except that a cop carrying a gun had left his good sense – if any – inside his car? But there was something else that seems to have kept Sgt. Manning’s attention till Big Daddy’s owner arrived on the scene. The cop had picked his gun casing from the place whence he had shot the dog, before any pictures were taken of the crime scene. And while Sgt. Manning is said to be claiming that he shot at the dog from the porch, Posey’s grandfather and fiancé, eyewitnesses to the shooting, saw different. As witnessed firsthand, Sgt. Manning was inside the fence already with his gun drawn. The cop has still not told his reason for shooting a friendly dog that didn’t even bark and was shot right inside his house without posing any treat. Megan Posey says that she doesn’t trust the official investigation which is controlled by the Hoke County.
Big Daddy, the favorite pet of neighbors and children, was rescued by her owner from a shelter two years ago where he had ended up a victim of torture and abuse. For Megan Posey, he was a child with a special bond to her savior. This summer, when the 5-year-old niece of Posey’s fiancé comes to visit the family, she will not be able to cuddle and play with her canine friend in the park and Posey would have to tell her that Big Daddy is in heaven, forever. Why he was sent there is something no one will be able to explain. But those with eyes and a heart can see how untrained cops with a gun are wreaking havoc on the peaceful lives of civilians. Whether someone innocent is killed on the road by their tasers or sent to the heaven by their bullets, what do they care? They have the dictatorial legal protection and two words to cover their crimes: “no comment”.
Posey wants the police officer to be punished and other cops of the department to be trained lest they also repeat causing the trauma as inflicted on her and her family by Sgt. Manning. A facebook page Justice for Big Boy, meanwhile, has been created in the memory of the victimized pit bull and a petition has been launched on Change.org, demanding justice for the pet that knew only friendship and love.