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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Kurt Hanson and his dog  "Angel ".
Compliments of the City of Racine Militarized Police.

On the average day, about 25 dogs are shot by law enforcement in the USA.

In many of these shootings, cops kill dogs because of poor training. But some of these dog killing cops are just plain THUGS.

There are no natural instincts in mankind that prompts humans to shoot dogs. Dogs are man’s best friend? RIGHT ?

Shooting dogs is not a normal knee jerk reaction. We at RCC refer to most of these cop shooting “instincts” as aggression and/or cowardice.

Who wants a cop that is an asshole, or a coward?  Nobody I know.

Wearing a badge doesn’t excuse derelict and egregious conduct.  Cops must be held under the same or higher standards of conduct by the District Attorney's office just as common citizens are investigated.  Citizens are heavily scrutinized when they discharge a weapon or kill a dog in our county, but law enforcement gets a get out out jail free card. 

Below is the past responses from the Racine County District Attorney'' office every time a dog is killed by law enforcement. 

Federal Court rulings affirm the following:
Federal sister Court’s have already concluded that, “‘the use of deadly force against a household pet is reasonable only if the pet poses an [imminent] danger and the use of force is unavoidable.’” Robinson v. Pezzat, 818 F.3d 1, 7 (D.C. Cir. 2016) (quoting Viilo v. Eyre, 547 F.3d 707, 710 (7th Cir. 2008) (holding that the unreasonable killing of a companion dog constitutes a seizure under the Fourth Amendment). See also Mayfield v. Bethards, 826 F.3d 1252, 1256 (10th Cir. 2016) (holding that killing a dog constitutes a violation of the dog owner’s Fourth Amendment rights absent a warrant or some exception to the warrant requirement); Carroll v. Cty. of Monroe, 712 F.3d 649, 651 (2d Cir. 2013) (holding that the unreasonable killing of a companion animal constitutes an unconstitutional seizure of personal property under the Fourth Amendment); Hells Angels, 402 F.3d at 975−78 (holding that the killing of guard dogs was unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment where “the officers were not presented with exigent circumstances that necessitated killing the dogs”); Brown v. Muhlenberg Twp., 269 F.3d 205, 211 (3d Cir. 2001) (same); cf. Altman v. City of High Point, 330 F.3d 194, 204−05 (4th Cir. 2003) (holding that privately owned dogs were effects subject to the protections of the Fourth Amendment but officers’ actions of shooting and killing the dog were objectively reasonable).

In our own community of Racine County, we only have to look at the November 1, 2014 incident where City of Racine Police arrived at a calm scene regarding dog poop. A calm scene that due to poor investigative techniques and mistakes by RPD, was escalated into a militaized police incident, executing a friendly dog named Angel as it walked in its own front yard.

You may read more here:

And as in 2014, "the Gales of November Came Early" in late November of 2016 with another Racine County dog execution incident during an executed no knock search warrant.  A two year old english bulldog dog named "Sugar" was executed in her own home for doing what dogs do. Joseph and Sara Harmon of the 2000 block of Kearney Ave stated the following: 
"Police reportedly told the family that it is protocol to kill the dog during the search warrant, and that was all of the information the family was reportedly given" according to the Racine Journal Times.

We at RCC plan to file Wisconsin Public Records Request regarding the above incident and will keep our readers informed of our progress.

In Milwaukee County, their communities problems regarding cops killing dogs are even larger, to include ricocheting bullets that injure humans.

We know of no animal more dangerous than humans, and that includes bad cops.

In our research at RCC, no uniformed law enforcement officer in the United States while on duty has ever been killed by a dog, that’s right –NONE.

By  cows?   Yes       By horses ? Yes
A few in law enforcement have even succumbed to death from wasps, hornets and bee stings.
But none by dogs- that’s right-  ZERO deaths attributed to dogs

So why do so many cops hate citizens dogs?

2014 Law Enforcement statistics:
Line of Duty Deaths: 146

In recent years, there have been so many deadly dog encounters by law enforcement that 
two states,
Colorado and Texas have imposed laws requiring mandatory canine-encounter training for all law enforcement officers.

On an average year,  U.S. mail carriers report around 6,000 dog bites a year. This number doesn’t include total yearly incidents of dog contacts, which is in the millions of incidents per year.  And yet, you don’t see post office employees going postal and killing hundreds of dogs a year as law enforcement does. 

We have theories here at RCC, the theories being that many cops kill dogs because the cops are either cowards, thugs or enforcers that kill dogs to punish the owners.

What's your theory?
In the meantime.......

 Wisconsin should embrace mandatory training for law enforcement regarding canine encounters and expand the use of “less than deadly force” training and tools.

Both our community and law enforcement will benefit from such training mandates.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Hanson sworn in as new D.A. 
of Racine County

Patricia Hanson

       Judge Faye Flancher administers incoming District Attorney Patricia Hanson's oath of office.

In a packed courtroom with standing room only,
Patricia Hanson was sworn into office at approximately 4:30 pm as the new District Attorney of Racine County.

The event was well represented by numerous Racine County area law enforcement officials, county officials, city officials, 
and judges-both past and present. 

But more importantly the event was robustly attended by community leaders, activist and the general public the likes of you, our readers, who has entrusted Patricia to perhaps the most powerful office in Racine County.

 Our new Racine County District Attorney has earned the support of our community and that support is hers to keep as long as she stays true to her oath of office.

After the swearing in ceremonies were completed, Patricia Hanson
made the rounds in the courtroom thanking all who supported her candidacy and attended today's ceremony. 

Mario Lena, businessman, philanthropist, and both Town of Dover board candidate and critic, 
with newly seated  Racine County D.A. Patricia Hanson at the courthouse.

Godspeed !

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Judge Gerald Ptacek
Judge Ptacek was a model judge of deception, deceit, bias, prejudice and false hope while on the Racine County Circuit Court bench.

Judge Ptacek's soft demeanor hid a well orchestrated act of smoke and mirrors in his rulings to protect his favored plaintiffs or defendants in his court.

In the month of April, 2011, Racine County District Attorney Michael Nieskes filed into court records a false affidavit. Judge Gerald Ptacek protected the criminal act by Michael Nieskes of filing a false affidavit into his court by failing to act upon such knowledge.

RCC wishes good riddance to the prejudice, bias and corrupt
Racine County Circuit Court 
Judge Gerald Ptacek