LETTER- Police actions break several laws
It's troubling that many folks in this community actually believe a dog can be a police officer. A dog obviously cannot take an oath to support the United States Constituion, as a police officer or deputy in the United States is required by Article VI of the U.S. Constitution to do before being issued a badge. Therefore, a dog can have no legitimate authority to pursue any criminal suspect as an officer of the law ["Riddled: What happens after police shootings?" November 30].
Any police officer or department that sends a vicious animal after a criminal suspect deserves to be criminally charged, at the very least, with failing to control a vicious animal.
I find it outrageous that Walton Middle School effectively made prisoners out of innocent persons by locking down the school. No matter what their motives were, there is no excuse for turning a school into a prison, temporarily or otherwise. This should never be allowed to happen again.
If it is true that Elvis Shifflett was indeed hit by an M16 bullet, the officer responsible for firing the weapon, as well as the department responsible for issuing the weapon, should be put on trial for violating the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 (U.S.C. 18 Section 1385) which prohibits "any part of the army" from being used to enforce the law in the United States. Military weapons such as M16s are indeed "part of the army." (And contrary to the report, M16 rifles have both semi- and fully-automatic capabilities, firing up to 950 rounds per minute.)
Officer Andy Gluba's callous attitude towards the man he shot and paralyzed, whether justifiably or not, is outrageous. I think he should be fired at once and barred from ever serving as a law enforcement officer in the future.
Finally, it is not a crime to possess a firearm in the United States. This was firmly established 215 years ago in something called "The Bill Of Rights." The judge responsible for sentencing Robert Lee Cooke to five years in prison for exercising his Second Amendment rights should himself be sentenced to five years in prison.