Police ran over raccoon

Animal lovers outraged – video shows police running over raccoon in parking lot

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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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10 replies
  1. Nancy Raymond says:

    Apparently the cops in the Coeyman’s police department have nothing much to do so they spend their time killing a raccoon for no reason. Those that recruit employees must have looked under rocks to find these bastards. These idiots need a massive wake up call and should be fired, charged with animal cruelty and have their pictures displayed publicly so they can feel the backlash from the public – which they so rightly deserve.

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    I guess it never occurred to these morons to call animal control and have them trap the animal and dispose of it. My second though is, since when do the police care whether it is safe or not to discharge a gun? If they had “feared for their safety” they certainly would have shot the animal. Just some more of the actions of police that have no business wearing a uniform.

  3. Melissa Gurley says:

    Great example on how to treat animals and we wonder why so many are abused cops are here to serve and protect not ABUSE

  4. Kathy says:

    How do they know the raccoon was rabid? Was it exhibiting signs or did they just assume it was rabid?! Running over an animal with a vehicle is not quick and humane it is cruel and inhumane!

  5. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    That’s a bunch of Bullshit. There was other ways they could have handled this without doing it he way they did. They need to be punished.

  6. Pamela Garlisch says:

    If killing it inhumanely was not enough, then they lie to try to cover up what was done. Can’t trust the cops in that town at all!


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