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    Hard to believe, but true...

    Police Dog Accused Of Racial Profiling

    Tuesday, June 11, 2002
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    McKEES ROCKS, Pa. A Pennsylvania councilwoman has accused her borough's lone police dog of racial profiling, leading to calls that the canine be killed.

    Dolpho, a 5-year-old German shepherd, can sniff out the difference between marijuana, heroin and cocaine. The dog came from Europe two years ago and is trained in drug detection and patrol.

    But councilwoman Wanda Jones Dixon said Dolpho can also tell the difference between blacks and whites, and should be put to sleep.

    On Friday, while K-9 officer Schawn Barger wrestled with a drug suspect, he said a quick-release button on his belt was activated, accidentally opening a door to the K-9 wagon.

    The dog lunged from the vehicle and bit a 9-year-old boy on the leg instead of the suspect, dragging him for about 20 feet, family members said. The boy is black.

    Councilwoman Dixon told the city council she has received six complaints about Dolpho in the past year. Three of the people who complained were involved with drugs. Three others were blacks who believe the dog jumped at or attacked them because of their race.

    "I had received complaints from African-Americans saying they believe the dog only attacks African-Americans," councilwoman Dixon said Monday. "I think the dog makes the distinction."

    Officer Barger, who has worked with Dolpho for more than two years and takes the dog home with him at night, said the dog has never gone after the wrong person before. He said Dolpho became confused during a tense situation.

    "The dog saw movement. There was a lot of noise a lot of screaming," Barger said. "It was basically just complete chaos and the dog, he just could not tell who the bad guy was and who the good people were."

    The boy was treated for a dog bite and released Friday. He limped into the council meeting Monday with his mother, Lorraine Livingston.

    "This is something that will take him a while to get over," Livingston said. "The officer had no control over that animal. That dog should be put to sleep."

    Experts differ on whether dogs can discern race.

    The owner of the Tom Brenneman School for Canines near Lawrence, Kan., has trained more than 600 dogs for police departments nationwide. He said dogs determine targets by scent alone and see only gray and white.

    Tom Brenneman said the dogs can be trained to recognize the scent of drugs, explosives and also that dogs can smell fear.

    "As far as it being black or white or Hispanic, that doesn't have anything to do with it," he said.

    A national expert on animal behavior at Tuft's University School of Veterinary Medicine said dogs not only can determine race, but can develop prejudices similar to humans. Dr. Nick Dodman said that prejudice can be based on a lack of exposure to different people or because of a bad experience.

    Dolpho has since been taken off active duty, but the department is standing behind him.

    Chief Robert Martineau said the dog is good around children and even visits area schools and day care centers.

    "To say the dog is racial ... that's ludicrous. That doesn't make sense," Martineau said.

    No decision was made on Dolpho's future Monday.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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    That is the stupidest thing I've ever heard.

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    Disgusting. [img]graemlins/irked.gif[/img]

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    A friend of mine told me about this story yesterday. Talk about a bunch of bullshit!
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    That would be funny if the kid was running smack or coke though...
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    Quick! Enroll this dog into some sensitivity-training classes. [img]tongue.gif[/img]

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    OMG, is this nonsense for real? This has to be a joke.
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    McKee's Rocks is just outside of Pittsburgh. I had not heard about this, but I will say this. The only reason to go there is the fine assortment of gentleman's clubs located there.

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    My dog is racist, he will only pee on red fire hydrants.

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    Wow.

    This whole proliferation of total ignorance is really starting to bug me. [img]graemlins/irked.gif[/img]
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    Quick question: Sounds like it was a very chaotic situation if the dog was unable to tell if his partner was struggling with the suspect or the little boy. What the heck was a nine year old boy doing right smack in the middle of a drug arrest anyways?

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    Originally posted by dog:
    McKee's Rocks is just outside of Pittsburgh. I had not heard about this, but I will say this. The only reason to go there is the fine assortment of gentleman's clubs located there.
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    I grew up in Pittsburgh. Lots of racist dogs there. You should see how the German Shepherds treat the Jewish people. When I was there I had two cocker spaniels, and I must admit, they really had it in for native Antarcticans.

    Next thing you know, the racist pigeons will only shit on the cars of Hispanics. Heaven forbid, the sexist racoons only rummage through the garbage cans of women. And for those of you who live in or near Allegheny County, beware of the Deer Mafia-they're organized, and they're untouchable.
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    Originally posted by AbeVanHalen:
    Next thing you know, the racist pigeons will only shit on the cars of Hispanics. Heaven forbid, the sexist racoons only rummage through the garbage cans of women. And for those of you who live in or near Allegheny County, beware of the Deer Mafia-they're organized, and they're untouchable.
    Dude I nearly pissed myself with the deer mental images- The "Deerpranos" led by "Michael Deerleone". Oh god, I'm bored silly...
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    see post below

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    Dolpho should fuck councilwoman Wanda doggie-style, make her bark like a dog!! (OK, I know that one was too easy) [img]tongue.gif[/img]

    Make her his bitch!!!! [img]graemlins/bounce.gif[/img]
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