North Jersey- The 25-year-old son of the homeowners whose dog was killed by a Wyckoff policeman investigating a burglary at the wrong address said Thursday that he's doubtful that the official story about the incident is accurate.
Igor Vukobratovic, son of the homeowners Goran and Zana, said he arrived home Wednesday about 4:30 p.m. to find police already at his house.
The police told him there was a report of a burglary at his house, and that "they'd shot my dog."
He walked into the backyard, he said, to find his 5-year-old, 85-pound purebred German shepherd Otto lying against a wall, shot and bleeding.
"The animal control asked me to help put him on a blanket so they could carry him out. He looked at me, and I couldn't do anything. I couldn't believe that they'd just shot my dog," Vukobratovic said. "I had to pick him up ... and carry him, bleeding, to the truck. The last thing he saw was me."
The choice between supporting a police officer or supporting a dog. The most difficult ultimatum in the history of White America. You want to hit home with the caucasian community? Start reporting every dog death at the hands of law enforcement. Sure, blacks are still facing an overwhelming amount of prejudice to this day, and it is being reflected in the outrageous numbers of African Americans that have fallen victim to the badge this year. However, as crazy as it seems, you will find a higher percentage of white people that can relate to a dog more so than a black person. There are people in this country that would think that blacks were a myth if it wasn't for the nightly news. I am sure there are people in the Dakotas that poke visiting black people like they are an exhibit at a science museum, but there isn't a white family in America that doesn't have a dog either directly or indirectly involved in their life. It's easy for the lunatics that have confederate flags outside their house to point to African Americans rioting in the streets and place the blame on them, but you can't justify the death of an innocent dog. Bet that dog didn't have a rap sheet. Bet he wasn't resisting arrest. Couple more dead pups and Wyckoff, New Jersey might turn into Baltimore Part Two, the white version. The only thing crazier and more out of control than a black riot is a white riot. Just look at the aftermath of every college National Championship in the last 5 years, and that's just when they are celebrating.
Should we just start giving officers tranquilizer guns? That's a solid way to increase the margin of error. The whole being one pull of a trigger way from homicide thing doesn't seem to be working out too well lately. It would be fantastic if cops could just knock their suspects out cold and have a minute to think before they decided that they deserved to die. Especially in situations where they show up to the WRONG HOUSE to investigate a burglary and their first instinct is to shoot the first thing moving. Whoopsie. Who taught this guy how to read a GPS? Floyd Mayweather? Jesus Christ dude. You just killed man's best friend because you were a little trigger happy. A couple of dead black teens clearly didn't signal a necessary change in the tactics of law enforcement. If the visual of dog dying doesn't then we, as a society, are beyond repair.