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Good Cop, Bad Cop
by Lee

One of the saddest stories I ever heard was a few years back.  Some kids, who had had drugs found on their person by a police K-9 unit, actually went and found the dog in the kennel and beat it to death.  Believe it or not, this story is worse.

A 27-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department was arrested Wednesday after being charged with animal cruelty and an offense against a police dog.

Sgt. Allen Cockfield turned himself in Wednesday afternoon to investigators at the Turner-Gilford Knight Correctional Center after an arrest warrant was issued by the State Attorney’s office.

The charges stem from an incident in which a 4-year-old K-9 named “Duke” collapsed on June 7, 2006, during training. The German Shepherd was rushed to Knowles Animal Clinic, where he later died.

A source told Local 10 that Duke had barked when he wasn’t supposed to during a training exercise at the Miami Dade Training Bureau. He was participating in training with the rest of the K-9 unit. The source said that after Duke barked, Cockfield “lost it” and kicked the dog several times.

Cockfield shook the dog, and when he realized the dog was unconscious, he rushed him to the clinic, according to the source. Cockfield had been a K-9 officer for 25 years and had no record of any problems, Local 10 reported.

I hope, at a minimum, he is removed from patrol duty.  I’d like to see him lose his badge.

Posted by Lee on 05/30/07 at 10:10 PM (Discuss this in the forums)


Posted by on 05/30/07 at 10:34 PM from United States

I’d like to see someone kick him to death....

Posted by on 05/31/07 at 12:11 AM from United States

I hope, at a minimum, he is removed from patrol duty.  I’d like to see him lose his badge.

It should be more than that. Florida law is:

(2) A person who intentionally commits an act to any animal which results in the cruel death, or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering, or causes the same to be done, is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or by a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.

I assume felons can’t be police officers. And if this is how he handles an animal that is supposedly on his side, I wonder how he deals with someone on the street who might put up some resistance.

Posted by on 05/31/07 at 02:09 AM from Australia

I’d like to see someone kick him to death....

I’d like to kick him to death myself....

Posted by on 05/31/07 at 08:16 AM from United States

He’s a cop, you can’t imagine the stress he’s under…

Besides, cops can’t commit crimes, right?

Mark_M beat me to it, imagine how he’d treat some idiot kid who mouthed off.

Posted by on 05/31/07 at 08:18 AM from United States

This story shows how well these dogs are trained.  If you kicked and then shook your average German Shepherd, or most dogs for that matter, you’d end up with a very pissed off dog.

This poor dog was trained very well to trust someone completely untrustworthy.  I hope the guy doesn’t have kids.

Posted by on 05/31/07 at 07:20 PM from United States

I’d like to see someone kick him to death....

Me, too.

I’d like to kick him to death myself....

I’ll help…

Posted by on 06/02/07 at 04:56 PM from United States

If the officer faces the full penalty of the law, he’ll probably end up in prison, where there will be plenty of people waiting to kick him to death for various reasons. Some of them may even care about this incident.

The problem is that he’s not likely to get in much trouble. This may be painting with a broad brush, but it seems that cops get special treatment in the judicial system. So, he’ll probably get some kind of slap on the wrist and be back on a beat before you know it.

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