Do you want to see an example of the violence inherent in the system? I’m guessing you do, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this blog, so here you go:
LIBERTY HILL — Vinny is German Shepherd with a bullet wound on the back of his neck. On Monday, a Leander police officer shot Vinny when he says the dog and another German Sheppard came running at him while trying to serve a warrant.
“He said they were growling, and closing distance very quickly,” said Lt. Derral Partin, a spokesperson for Leander Police.
However, Vinny’s owners Renata and Chris Simmons, say Vinny has never acted aggressively.
“This dog wasn’t after him. This dog was just running up going ‘hey what are you doing?’ and they have a right to do that. This is my yard; this man should not have even been there. He could have killed my husband’s best friend,” said Renata Simmons.
The Simmons also tell KVUE — KENS 5’s sister station in Austin — they have never heard of the man that police were looking for.
The warrant was for a man named Bradly Neal Simpson, who is wanted for an expired vehicle registration.
The address on the warrant is in Cedar Park, not Liberty Hill where the Simmons have lived for nine years. However, Leander Police say their database shows Simpson’s last known address as the same one where the Simmons live.
Many people have pointed out the incorrect address as the primary failure here but the primary failure, in my opinion, is issuing a
kidnapping order warrant for expired license tabs. It’s pretty messed up to send men with guns to cuff a man and lock him in a cage for failing to pay the state an annual fee to register his vehicle. What’s even more messed up is that the men sent to kidnap the offender apparently wanted to shoot something so badly that they jumped at the opportunity to put a bullet in a dog. If somebody can explain to me how this is an effective justice system I’m all ears.