Target: Col. D. G. Harper, Harrisonburg, VA Chief of Police
Goal: Fire the officer who allegedly clobbered a cat with his baton twenty times that had been hit by a car in order to “euthanize” it.
In a stunning display of violence and disregard for proper policy, Officer J.N. Snoddy was charged Thursday with a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty. A man called authorities after bringing home a cat that had been struck by a car and Officer Snoddy then beat the cat to death with his baton, allegedly hitting it twenty times to do so. We need to get this guy out of public service.
Snoddy is currently on administrative leave from the department and we should demand that he lose his job. First of all he did not follow procedure properly, as the Harrison PD policy is to dispatch a mortally suffering animal by shooting it and then only after calling a supervisor to get permission to do so. Worse, if this man is brutal and callous enough to use a weapon in that way on a suffering animal, can we trust him to show good judgement and restraint when dealing with citizens?
Let the Harrisonburg PD know that this is not the kind of person who deserves the honor and responsibility of being a law enforcement officer. We must demand that police follow proper policy and show good judgement, and Officer Snoddy has proved his total disregard for both doing his job properly and any ability to show proper judgement, empathy and compassion in a position of power and authority.
Dear Col. D. G. Harper,
We demand that the officer who beat an injured cat to death by hitting it with his baton be fired.
Not only did he fail to follow proper procedure by not first calling a supervisor to get permission and to shoot the animal in order to ease its suffering in a more humane way, if that was in fact even necessary, this incident calls into question this man’s judgement and ability to show empathy for other living things. This is not the sort of person who deserves the honor and responsibility of protecting citizens as a law enforcement officer.
We demand that law enforcement officers follow policy properly. Most jobs demand that you do your job the way you are supposed to or you don’t get to have that job anymore. We demand that law enforcement officers show good judgement and integrity not evident in this man’s actions. If he can callously and recklessly do this to an innocent animal there is no telling what he could do to a person.
[Your Name Here]