Tough job being a police officer
Now, I would be mad, but I know also that police officers are not going to allow themselves to be bitten by a dog. Luckily, I don't own a scary looking dog, except that the lab is big. People tend to give labs a break, I've noticed.
So in Michigan right now we have one community planning an evening protest of a police officer shooting a family pet, in mid-Michigan's St. Louis. Meanwhile, in West Bloomfield a community will mourn the slaying of 39-year-old Patrick O'Rourke, who was shot to death while responding to a domestic disturbance complaint. He is the first officer killed in the line of duty in West Bloomfield.
Now, we expect our police officers to be professional. Too often, though, people use their dogs for aggressive behavior, guarding or fighting, especially in rougher neighborhoods. Stories of officers shooting family dogs are rare, but when they happen, they hurt, because I can't 100 percent disagree with the officer but I'd wish for less deadly outcome.
But police officers get tremendous power and authority in the community and a fair salary (usually, but they do seem to get the appropriate union protections, thank goodness), so that matches the pressure they are under to ALWAYS get it right.
What happened in West Bloomfield shows what they face every minute of every shift when they are out in the public, not knowing which motorist or homeowner will be a killer but being expected to be polite, courteous and helpful to everyone else. It's a shame that we can't remember their pressures when they do make a mistake. It's heartbreaking when someone shows us the worst part of their job, the risk of not making it home.