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Crime & Punishment: Racist Police Dogs
New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio has been trying — over the police union's objections — to shut down the police department's K-9 unit after discovering the dogs are totally racist. Through only 50 percent of city arrestees are non-white, 90 percent of those bitten by a police dog are minorities. The issue has been locked up in contract negotiations — probably because the the union's president, Officer Todd Lynch, is a dog handler. So Finizio has tried to effectively defund the program, refusing to pay $60 a month for arthritic medication for its last remaining police dog Buck. (Take that, you bigoted toilet drinker!) The union made an appeal on its Facebook page, which led to the mayor's office getting an onslaught of calls about Buck's wellbeing. Finally, Finizio agreed to retire the dog, which entitles him to full veterinary care, telling the Hartford Courant the decision is "a proper way to ensure the dog gets the rest, care, and lifestyle it has earned," though he added the dog would not receive a pension.
By Nick Keppler
June 25, 2013