Police Officer Pepper Sprays Baby Squirrel In Texas

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    Apr 12, 2011 12:40 AM GMT
    "A cell phone video showing a police officer spraying a baby squirrel with pepper spray has sparked outrage after it was recently posted on YouTube.

    The video was recorded by a student at Kimbrough Middle School in Mesquite, Texas, according to Fox 5 New York. In it, students are heard pleading for the officer to stop, shouting things like "Don't spray him!"

    After a rally of cries as the officer uses the pepper spray on the squirrel, the animal is seen writhing around on the ground. ,,,"




    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/10/police-pepper-spray-squirrel-baby_n_847098.html
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    Apr 12, 2011 12:46 AM GMT
    He should be fired.
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    Apr 12, 2011 12:52 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidHe should be fired.


    The fact that someone called an officer to deal with this squirrel suggests to me it was probably going after people or being a nuisance. It started towards the officer and he pepper sprayed it. I know first hand, squirrel bites hurt and they will cling to you like no other. The only other option he had was to either shoot it with a BB gun or hit it with a baton, both lethal to the squirrel. The pepper spray will wear off in about 20 minutes and the squirrel will still be alive.

    Its a justifiable use of force in my opinion.
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    Apr 12, 2011 12:58 AM GMT
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    paulflexes saidHe should be fired.


    The fact that someone called an officer to deal with this squirrel suggests to me it was probably going after people or being a nuisance. It started towards the officer and he pepper sprayed it. I know first hand, squirrel bites hurt and they will cling to you like no other. The only other option he had was to either shoot it with a BB gun or hit it with a baton, both lethal to the squirrel. The pepper spray will wear off in about 20 minutes and the squirrel will still be alive.

    Its a justifiable use of force in my opinion.

    Somebody should spray you, ya jackass.
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    Apr 12, 2011 1:03 AM GMT
    I have been sprayed in training and I know it hurts...which is why it does suck that the squirrel was sprayed, but there aren't really a whole lot of options when a squirrel is chasing after you. icon_eek.gif I'm not a jackass at all, but squirrels do hurt when they bite lol.... What did you expect the officer to do?
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    Apr 12, 2011 1:14 AM GMT
    If it were really rabid, wouldn't it have died? I always thought that transmission was through bites... But at least he didn't resort to the gun or baton MNandWI said. That would be stupid...
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    Apr 12, 2011 1:24 AM GMT
    There's a fairly high incidence of rabies with squirrels. Even if a baby, if this one was acting aggressively or oddly, it's not a stretch to consider it had rabies. Which doesn't immediately kill the animal itself. I wasn't there, so naturally I don't know.

    But I can offer a plausible explanation for this officer's action. Or maybe he was simply being a jerk. These vid clips are often hard to evaluate.
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    Apr 12, 2011 1:30 AM GMT
    Ah, the power of video clips...all the scandal and none of the facts and circumstances.icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 12, 2011 1:38 AM GMT
    MNandWI saidI have been sprayed in training and I know it hurts...which is why it does suck that the squirrel was sprayed, but there aren't really a whole lot of options when a squirrel is chasing after you. icon_eek.gif I'm not a jackass at all, but squirrels do hurt when they bite lol.... What did you expect the officer to do?

    Step out of the way, perhaps.

    That squirrel was hardy chasing him at lightening speed.

    And you are a jackass.
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    Apr 12, 2011 1:39 AM GMT
    I'm surprised he didnt taze the beast.

    On campus the squirrel may have been used to being fed. Vicous killer that he is.
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    Apr 12, 2011 2:16 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidThere's a fairly high incidence of rabies with squirrels. Even if a baby, if this one was acting aggressively or oddly, it's not a stretch to consider it had rabies. Which doesn't immediately kill the animal itself. I wasn't there, so naturally I don't know.

    But I can offer a plausible explanation for this officer's action. Or maybe he was simply being a jerk. These vid clips are often hard to evaluate.


    +1 Well said ^_^
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    Apr 12, 2011 2:21 AM GMT
    MNandWI said
    paulflexes saidHe should be fired.


    The fact that someone called an officer to deal with this squirrel suggests to me it was probably going after people or being a nuisance.
    The fact that someone called an officer to deal with an animal tells me that people are too fucking stupid to call animal control, which would have been the correct course of action.
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    Apr 12, 2011 3:36 AM GMT
    MNandWI saidI have been sprayed in training and I know it hurts...which is why it does suck that the squirrel was sprayed, but there aren't really a whole lot of options when a squirrel is chasing after you. icon_eek.gif I'm not a jackass at all, but squirrels do hurt when they bite lol.... What did you expect the officer to do?


    its not smart to spray pepper spray in the general area where children are.

    As it can easily set off asthma.

    By the way pepper spray in some cases can be deadly.
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    Apr 12, 2011 3:46 AM GMT
    Well Idk if y'all have heard of something called a gun but it is a lot less painful for a rabid animal...and a little more effective. That makes me want to spray him in the eyes
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    Apr 12, 2011 3:53 AM GMT
    We are dealing with squirrels here, not rhinos, they shouldn't take more than maybe a light kick to get them away from you. After reading some of these posts, I wonder what creatures some of you have been dealing with to justifying the cop's action.

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    Apr 12, 2011 3:56 AM GMT
    I sprayed a goose once; didn't work though as they have a film of "something special" over their eyes that protects them from such substances (as, I've been advised, do most water-going birds).

    and now to explain; my partner and I were standing as crime-scene guards in a large rural property and had to prevent the destruction of evidence; a gaggle of geese kept attempting to enter the area; they all took the hint when we scared them off a few times, except the alpha male who starting attacking us at random times throughout the night; I tell you, this was a ninja-goose as we never saw him coming until he was in our face. anyway, the spray came out but had no effect at all, and as I had no intentions on killing it with my baton, it continued to keep us on our toes all night.
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    Apr 12, 2011 3:58 AM GMT
    spraying a baby squirrel with pepper spray? really? The squirrel didn't look very harmful.
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    Apr 12, 2011 3:59 AM GMT
    I felt threatened by that squirrel
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    Apr 12, 2011 3:59 AM GMT
    I heard his excuse was that the squirrel might have been rabid because it was approaching him.. hmm idk about that. maybe?
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    Apr 12, 2011 4:03 AM GMT
    gallus81 saidI sprayed a goose once; didn't work though as they have a film of "something special" over their eyes that protects them from such substances (as, I've been advised, do most water-going birds).

    and now to explain; my partner and I were standing as crime-scene guards in a large rural property and had to prevent the destruction of evidence; a gaggle of geese kept attempting to enter the area; they all took the hint when we scared them off a few times, except the alpha male who starting attacking us at random times throughout the night; I tell you, this was a ninja-goose as we never saw him coming until he was in our face. anyway, the spray came out but had no effect at all, and as I had no intentions on killing it with my baton, it continued to keep us on our toes all night.


    capsicum is only effective toward mammals. that's why birds eat hot peppers all the time with no after effects.
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    Apr 12, 2011 4:07 AM GMT
    stupidity at its works
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    Apr 12, 2011 4:09 AM GMT
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    gallus81 saidI sprayed a goose once; didn't work though as they have a film of "something special" over their eyes that protects them from such substances (as, I've been advised, do most water-going birds).

    and now to explain; my partner and I were standing as crime-scene guards in a large rural property and had to prevent the destruction of evidence; a gaggle of geese kept attempting to enter the area; they all took the hint when we scared them off a few times, except the alpha male who starting attacking us at random times throughout the night; I tell you, this was a ninja-goose as we never saw him coming until he was in our face. anyway, the spray came out but had no effect at all, and as I had no intentions on killing it with my baton, it continued to keep us on our toes all night.


    capsicum is only effective toward mammals. that's why birds eat hot peppers all the time with no after effects.


    well there you go. i guess spraying birds isn't something the manufacturers expected their product to be used for. good to know.
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    Apr 12, 2011 4:10 AM GMT
    Police Brutality!!! Abuse of Power!! icon_evil.gif
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    Apr 12, 2011 4:10 AM GMT
    first george bush and now this?................we should let texas be its own country.
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    Apr 12, 2011 4:10 AM GMT
    This just reinforces the long-lasting reality that cops are - generally, though not exclusively - mindless thugs.

    This is not an "American" issue, this is the way it is in every society, historically and presently. That position of power, getting a badge and a gun and 'being' the 'law', attracts mostly the wrong type of people to it. People that would taser students for speaking or not showing I.D., people that would beat up kids for skateboarding, people that would pepper spray a baby squirrel, and people that would abuse that power and wield it like a little boy with a little toy.

    For much of recent history, in places like America, the 'police' are viewed as being there "to serve and protect." They are, in reality, the coercive domestic apparatus of 'the state', a structure which is inherently and always corrupt and corrupting and ultimately dehumanizing. Thus, they enforce the corrupt laws and dehumanizing policies of such a state. The military serves this purpose in foreign policy, though they too can be turned on the domestic population (just look at Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Cote D'Ivoire, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and on and on and on.

    This role has been evident to 'minority' groups within Western "democratic" society for most of our history. If you were poor, black, Latino, gay, or anti-war, anti-globalization, et. al., you have seen how the 'state' and its domestic apparatus "protect and serve." The question is: who do they protect and serve? Is it you? Or is it 'the state'? The answer is obvious. However, as these groups are brought within the system and structures of power, the overt coercion against them subsides for the most part.

    As an example, the notion of "black power" in the 60s was transformed through the funding of the Civil Rights Movement by the major capitalist philanthropies such as the Rockefeller, Ford, and Carnegie Foundations, which directed their hefty financial weight into supporting those organizations in the movement that supported legalistic and reform-minded changes to the system, like the NAACP. In doing this, certain organizations rose above others in prominence. Martin Luther King's organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Council, was funded by foundations. But when he began speaking out against the war in Vietnam, the American empire, economic exploitation at home and abroad, and was beginning a massive anti-poverty campaign, his funding from the foundations subsided. When he was killed (as the King family later proved in court, his assassination was an "act of state"), the funding ceased altogether. Instead, "black power" became "black capitalism." Thus, black individuals were able to get the "right" educations and rise to positions of power within the system, even now to the point of president Yet, the fundamental issues remain. Black people in the U.S. still suffer disproportionately compared to the rest of American society. Latinos follow, and it's the usual story. If Civil Rights was successful, why has so little truly changed? Sure, some of the faces changed, but the system hasn't.

    Of course, there are cops who want to "do the right thing." But there are also politicians who are "honest." In either case, they are a rare breed. It is the nature of such institutions and positions of authority that they inevitably attract the wrong type of people to them.

    I am not saying that this cop spraying a squirrel is doing this in service to "the state," I am simply saying that he and his actions are a symptom of a much larger issue: that of the role between the state and the people. Those who enforce the provisions of the state often enforce them against the people. This reality has made it so that police often attract those types that would be willing to be hired goons.

    Protesters in Toronto know this well. When the G20 was here last summer, Toronto police (with a $1 billion security budget) rounded up thousands of innocent people and put them in a make-shift detention centre in downtown Toronto like it was some Third World despot.

    And yet, of course, you will always have those fools and apologists who say, "well, that person should have done what the cop said," or "they shouldn't have been there," or "that squirrel could have bit him."

    The only difference is that now, because of the Internet and cell phone technology and social media, we are becoming more 'aware' of those who rule over us. It's a lot harder to abuse power if there are constantly videos being filmed. This is a positive development. It's becoming harder to get away with all this insanity. The only unfortunate other reality to this is that the police seem to be getting increasingly authoritarian in nature and training. But hey, that's "Homeland Security": protecting the powerful from the people.

    I leave you with a quote:

    "A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth" - Einstein