Friday, 22 July 2011

State wildlife officer and registered nurse ...

There is a dearth of heroes these days. My co-blogger wrote about the Cons' testerical and shrieeky attempt to spin a StatsCan release about decreased crime reporting to their advantage.

Contempt Party senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu claimed last year that "those stats are being manipulated" but yesterday he backpedaled furiously when Radio-Canada asked exactly what he meant by that declaration.

It surprises me that, given what happened in Toronto during the G20, no one has suggested that people don't trust the police.

As well, there are more and more cases of cops' violence and criminal actions; reported incidents of the cops breaking laws, bullying people and disregarding the rights of complainants and alleged criminals have been caught on tape.

When their conduct is investigated, cops are ALWAYS exonerated.

So why report crime and get re-victimized by the police?

Thus it warms the heart and raises the spirit to hear about Shelley Hammonds, a state wildlife officer and registered nurse in Tennessee who spent three weeks tracking a starving black bear with a jar stuck on its head.
On June 28 [...] a utilities worker spotted it near the city of Newport water treatment plant. The bear had apparently been foraging in garbage.

Through days and weeks of sightings and near misses, Hammonds tried to capture the bear as temperatures hovered in the mid-30s each day.

“I honestly don't know how any creature on Earth could live through that kind of heat and dehydration, surviving on its own breath,” Hammonds said. “When you see an animal with such an incredible will to survive, you really want to help it.”

[...]Their paths crossed near Interstate 40 and she finally scored a direct hit with a tranquilizer dart. The bear eventually lay down in the parking lot of C&C Pawn Shop in Newport. Hammonds immediately hooked the bear up to an intravenous drip.

From 200 pounds, it was down to 115, she estimated.
One last word on police impunity. What does it take for a cop to lose his job? This, apparently.

Only in L.A. you say? Pity.


Beijing York said...

Someone with the Winnipeg Police Department has been charged with possession and distribution of child photography. Whether the person in question is an officer or civilian worker has not been reported yet. If found guilty, that will definitely result in dismissal if not jail time. However, lots of other ugly stuff doesn't result in much more than temporary suspensions.

Love what Shelley Hammonds did. Amazing. Hope the bear recovers and is moved to safety.

deBeauxOs said...

Photography ^NOT pronography?

Is that correct or did they find a lesser charge, in *deference* to his police officer privileges and entitlements?

Beijing York said...

Ooops, child pornography photos on the computer.

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