In this March 13, 2013 photo, a police officer with a dog ducks for cover as gunshots were heard not far from where accused gunman Kurt Myers had holed up in an abandoned bar in the village of Herkimer, N.Y., after a shooting rampage that left four dead. Police and Myers, 64, of neighboring Mohawk, were in a standoff until Thursday monring when Myers opened fire through a door at officers, killing an FBI dog. Police returned fire, killing Myers, State police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico said. (AP Photo/Observer-Dispatch, Rob Roth)
Out on the job, all officers are the same.
Or they are now.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed a bill into law yesterday, stating that it’s now a crime to get in the way of a working dog.
Harassing, interfering, assaulting or injuring one of these guys is now a misdemeanor.
Interfering could include things like throwing chemicals or food on the ground to throw the dog off the trail.
Officers are happy the dogs will now have the law on their side, because often times they have contact with a suspect before an officer does.