A heroic police dog took a bullet intended for his handler during a Florida shootout.
Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw reported that a four-year-old K9 named Casper shielded his handler during the tense confrontation, potentially saving the man’s life.
Bradshaw said that deputies were involved in a car chase before the suspect crashed his vehicle. The officers and the suspect exchanged gunfire. The suspect died and Casper was struck with a bullet meant for his handler. The K9 allegedly threw himself in front of the officer.
Morale among America’s police officers sank during the Obama administration. Law enforcement agents were used as a scapegoat by angry liberals. Radical movements like Black Lives Matter eroded public confidence in America’s police force. Fringe leftists began accusing officers of horrific crimes.
If police officers are guilty of even half of the crimes and biases that the left accuses them of, the wild calls for police reform would be more than justified. However, that’s not the case.
There’s absolutely no evidence that police particularly target African-Americans, or that they’re dangerously trigger-happy. There have obviously been mistakes but by and large America’s officers work hard to keep their communities safe.
Even the most jaded liberal would admit that Casper is a hero. The dog has no political bias, no agenda he’s striving toward. He’s a good creature that works with, and protects, his best friend. Casper’s story is uplifting.
After the shootout, Casper was rushed into surgery, where veterinarians worked hard to preserve his life. Just three days after the attack Casper has recovered enough that he’s being sent home to recuperate. The only life that was lost was that of the suspect.
Police dogs do invaluable work. They’ve become critical members of many elite military and police teams. Dogs’ keen sense of smell and brave, loyal nature suits them for many sensitive missions. Casper’s handler might have died if the K9 hadn’t hurled himself in front of the bullet.
“Casper came into us last night after suffering a gunshot wound in the left hip. He was stable when he arrived. Once we determined that the bullet had not harmed any internal organs, we proceeded to remove the bullet surgically,” a vet with the Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists said.
“He has recovered well from anesthesia. He’s on antibiotics,” he continued. “We’re just happy that this is not a significant trauma and thankful that he’s done well and appreciative for all that he’s done for the county.”
The Obama administration’s soft on crime stance failed. Police officers were hampered by Obama’s rules. President Trump, however, has adopted a decidedly different approach. He and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have already crafted fresh guidelines meant to revitalize the police force and stem the country’s rising crime rates.
“Charging and sentencing recommendations are bedrock responsibilities of any prosecutor and I trust our prosecutors in the field to make good judgment,” Sessions said during a Washington news conference. “They deserve to be un-handcuffed and not micromanaged from Washington.”
“It is important to note that unlike previous charging memoranda, I have given our prosecutors discretion to avoid sentences that would result in an injustice,” he continued.
Police officers risk their lives every day. They deserve the best protections that we can give them. The government is morally required to do whatever it can to stop crime. Giving light sentences to criminals doesn’t do enough to deter them from re-offending.
“The policy announced today is not tough on crime. It is dumb on crime. It is an ideologically motivated, cookie-cutter approach that has only been proven to generate unfairly long sentences that are often applied indiscriminately and do little to achieve long-term public safety,” Former Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.
Holder is mistaken. The new policy will go far toward protecting our officers.