A police department in New York is facing outrage from the public after a video was posted showing officers purposefully running over a raccoon who was in a parking lot. On Monday, a Facebook user by the name of Bryanna, posted a video and expressed dismay over what she was seeing in a parking lot in Ravena:
“Leaving the grocery store to find 2 cops charging at a raccoon in a car for 15 minutes until dead:/ you would think if it had rabies they would shoot him instead of torturing. Sad day.”
The video shows an unmarked, white sedan and a Coeymans’ police department marked SUV repeatedly driving at the raccoon, who is trying to get away. Eventually, the animal is killed.
The Coeyman’s Police Department has been inundated with angry comments from outraged animal lovers. The Department issued a statement about the incident on its Facebook page:
On March 12 we received numerous calls about a rabid raccoon in faith plaza. The raccoon had attempted to get into the establishment at one point. Our officer’s did find the raccoon, but it was not in an area that was safe to discharge a firearm due to the proximity of pedestrians and residences. They dispatched the raccoon as quickly and humanely as possible.
The statement has done little to appease the outraged public – in fact, numerous people are asking if the officers will be charged with animal cruelty and countless people are disgusted that the department is defending the actions as “humane.”
According to the Times Union, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has decided to conduct an investigation into the incident.
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