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Oakland Police Shoot and Kill Deer for No Reason

On Monday night, a deer that was about one-year-old wandered into the backyard of a residence in East Oakland. A neighborhood man, Anthony Weems, recorded amateur video footage of the police shooting the deer.

It was shot at six or seven times. Some children had followed the deer to the backyard because of their curiosity and excitement. Police officers arrived and apparently deemed the situation a public safety issue. They had the area cleared of people and then killed the deer.

Animal control and the Dept. of Fish and Game had been notified but police officers arrived in the neighborhood first. A spokesperson for the police department stated that officers are allowed to kill animals with injuries or that are posing a threat. A witness to the incident, however, stated “The deer was scared. It wasn’t doing anything. The whole time, it was in the corner, shaking.” It seems likely that such a young deer was merely lost and confused. Shooting an innocent, harmless animal is such a peculiar and cruel act. It solves nothing, and is very likely to have caused emotional distress to the local residents, including the children.

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5:41PM PDT on Aug 20, 2014

Arseholes. Leave the animals alone!

5:41PM PDT on Aug 20, 2014

Arseholes. Leave the animals alone!

5:41PM PDT on Aug 20, 2014

Arseholes. Leave the animals alone!

5:40PM PDT on Aug 20, 2014

Arseholes. Leave the animals alone!

5:44PM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

Arseholes. Leave the animals alone!

5:35PM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

Beth D. They CAN'T put you in jail for video-taping them; arresting people for video-taping them has been deemed unconstitutional in every case. They just want you to believe they can so they can scare you into not recording evidence of their brutality. They may even go so far as arresting you, as they did a reporter in Ferguson. Missouri recently, but they have to let you go; you've done nothing illegal.

5:26PM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

Ever since they got militarized, American police have become kill-crazy--deer, dogs, people: who cares! For starters they should have their toys taken away.

7:26AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

I liked the comment by Jennifer S. about how "we have all heard the addage, Big Gun, SMALL Apendage. These cops must have been the size of a peanut!" The decisions made by the higher-ups in law enforcement that lead to officers with a weapon......to attack and kill, and not to protect and serve. They have gotten so haughty that they have forgotten that they are "public servants" on the public payroll. They are not "our lords and masters." A lot have become "the American Taliban."

11:17PM PST on Jan 24, 2012

Horribly sad story, thank you.

10:50PM PST on Jan 24, 2012

THERE SHOULD BE A PETITION TO DISMISS HIS FROM HIS JOB. LETS GET THIS GUY OFF HIS JOB AS HE MIGHT DO MANY MORE INNOCENT KILLINGS.

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