Minnesota Cops Want to Educate Criminals
Moorhead, ND - When police execute search warrants in Moorhead, they go in armed with fire extinguishers, though it’s not flames they’re worried about -- it's a killer pit bull. A blast from an extinguisher can cool the fury of what is becoming a common reception for officers on raids.
Pit bulls have been heavily involved in criminality use since the late 70s. DogsBite.org has been told that SWAT teams have a designated dog shooter for this purpose.
When a hostile canine confronts officers, the best reported weapon -- outside of a gun -- is a fire extinguisher. Tasers and repellent sprays might work, but these weapons were designed to stop human beings, not canines. As pit bulls have been deemed "lethal weapons" by US courts, using a gun is often an officer's safest, quickest option.
Moorhead Police Lt. Shannon Monroe, who advocates fire extinguishers over the use of guns, thinks banning dangerous breeds like pit bulls isn't a good idea. The director of the Fargo-Moorhead Humane Society agrees. They believe that "educating" dog owners is a better solution. Yet, as the article states, many criminals own pit bulls and are a huge source of the problem.
Is it reasonable to start a dog owner education program for criminals? Is it reasonable to ask citizens to carry fire extinguishers or guns because these tools are the only way you can stop a pit bull?