How DARE That Mundane Touch a Canine ‘Officer’?

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Apparently, whatever has infected American police officers is rapidly spreading through the Anglosphere. This would explain why an unidentified man from St. Marys, Australia, was recently pepper-sprayed and arrested by police for the supposed crime of patting — and reportedly trying to kiss — a police dog named Bodie.

After being attacked with a low-grade chemical weapon and abducted at gunpoint, the man was charged with “assaulting a police officer, resisting a police officer and failing to leave licensed premises when directed,”  reported the Rouse Hill Times of New South Wales, Australia.

“We will allege the accused tried to kiss or touch the dog,” sniffed Wayne Murray, a bureaucrat bearing the grand title “Detective Chief Inspector.” “The dog handler moved in and got between the man and the dog while other police came in to protect Bodie.”

Yes, the Australian tax-feeders, just like their American counterparts, are indoctrinated to see canine “officers” as part of their exalted caste, and to treat unsanctioned physical contact by a mere Mundane as a form of criminal assault.

“The police dog is considered to be part of the policing contingent and the same security measures are taken as if it were a police officer,” insisted Murray, perhaps oblivious to the oblique admission that police are trained to protect themselves from the public, rather than protecting the public against criminal violence.

As previously noted in this space, in the United States police dogs — oh, forgive me; “K-9 officers” — are likewise treated as full-fledged members of their police units and clothed in the same privileges and immunities enjoyed by their human colleagues. This includes taxpayer-funded paramilitary funerals for “K-9 officers” who die “in the line of duty.”

While it is considered a felony for a Mundane to touch a “K-9 officer” or even to make verbal or non-verbal “threats” against one, police routinely kill privately owned dogs with impunity.

2:35 pm on February 2, 2010