Salt Lake City Heroes Shoot Weimaraner During Warrantless Search

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Salt Lake City cop shoots man’s dog during warrantless search

“Just the sheer sight of seeing my dog there — it was traumatizing.”

Sean Kendall's dog, now deceased. (Source: Sean Kendall)

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — A man says police entered his property without permission and then shot his dog in the head.

Sean Kendall was traumatized on June 18th when he found his beloved Weimaraner dead in his yard, courtesy of the Salt Lake City Police Department.

Police had helped themselves into Kendall’s private yard, later saying that they don’t need a warrant or permission to enter. Police were looking for a neighbor’s child that wandered off.

KSL reported the owner’s reaction:

Kendall said Geist had never been aggressive or lunged at anybody, so “the idea that he attacked an officer — it just doesn’t make sense,” he said. “I believe my dog came out of the dog kennel to see what was going on, who was here, stopped right here, and those were his last moments.”

Kendall said Geist had a single gunshot wound to the head.

“Just the sheer sight of seeing my dog there — it was traumatizing,” Kendall said. “Now he’s dead. I have him wrapped up in a blanket in the back of my truck, and now I have to go bury him.”


  1. Bevin,
    I apologize to you and all in advance. There is no avoiding a primer. In later versions, I’ll try to purge the unwelcome popinjay parrot squawk like quality of my work, I acknowledge the cringeworthy flaw in my prose, but sally forth I must.

    Fun With Anne & Bruno At the Agora

    Anne is insightful and unfiltered. Bruno is brave and brazen. Both buy and sell without shame or concern for societal norms. Right in their front yard at a picnic table.

    Sometimes they stop to play and act like other children. Other times they are quite serious and focused on earning their keep. Their parents are agorists, and expect them to earn and learn for themselves, in spite of their tender young age.

    Today Anne and Bruno are selling coffee, cigars, cigarettes, lighters, medicines, hard liquor and beer. They are not tempted to try these out themselves, because they live in households under market discipline. Nothing is made freely available to them, but must be purchased.

    Were they to open a bottle of Vodka or a pack of smokes, they would have to forgo a great many other things they could have otherwise done with the money. They are not that curious to try such unknown things, when there are so many other good things they already know they like and want to spend their money on.

    It’s 9 AM and morning shift is about to start a mile down the road in the industrial sector. Anne and Bruno are fortunate to live on a busy market corridor, where numerous busy and productive people must pass, on the way to their jobs and then back to their homes.

    Mostly men and a few women who time is relatively valuable per hour, such that they sometimes choose the convenience of Anne & Bruno’s quaint and folksy Agora.

    As usual, Anne and Bruno have taken in gold, silver, and a few other compact tradeable commodities that would be worth about $20,000 in USD this morning.

    Coffee is the biggest seller, which the workers often spike with with tasteless liquor and crushed pills so they can be at their most productive and feel their very best during the long and demanding shifts they are about to begin.

    Everyone is quite content with the arrangement, the Agora is all these people have ever known. The Agora has been marvelously efficient and responsive to all of this neighborhood’s needs as long as anyone can remember.

  2. “I only ask???” Typical bullshit-bloated pig-nosed lying swinespeak.

    Most people, looking at our troubled world with its long history of injustice and human suffering, will attribute social evils to the greed, ignorance, hatred, or lack of compassion of others.

    Rarely does anyone consider the possibility that his own attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs may be the root cause of most of the world’s suffering.

    But in almost every case, they are.

    The vast majority of theft, extortion, intimidation, harassment, assault, and even murder – the vast majority of man’s inhumanity to man–comes not from the greed, hatred, and intolerance that lurks in our hearts, but from one pernicious and almost universal assumption, one unquestioned belief, one irrational, self-contradictory superstition that infects all races, all religions, all nationalities, ages, and income levels.

    If humankind could give up this one false idea, even without otherwise acquiring another scrap of wisdom or compassion, the vast majority of injustice and oppression would instantly cease.

    But this cannot happen until people are ready and willing to turn their judgmental eyes upon themselves – to objectively examine their own belief systems, to recognize and understand, and finally to abandon, the most dangerous superstition.

    This blog is dedicated to two people: the first person who, because of reading this book, disobeys an order to harm someone else, and the person who, as a result, is not

    If you love death and destruction, oppression and suffering, injustice and violence, repression and torture, helplessness and despair, perpetual conflict and bloodshed, then teach your children to respect “authority:’ and teach them that obedience is a virtue.

    If, on the other hand, you value peaceful coexistence, compassion and cooperation, freedom and justice, then teach your children the principles of self-ownership, teach
    them to respect the rights of every human being, and teach them to recognize and reject the belief in “authority” for what it is: the most irrational, self-contradictory,
    anti-human, evil, destructive and dangerous superstition the world has ever known.

    Contrary to what nearly everyone has been taught to believe, “government” is not necessary for civilization. It is not conducive to civilization. It is, in fact, the antithesis of
    civilization. It is not cooperation, or working together, or voluntary interaction. It is not peaceful coexistence. It is coercion; it is force; it is violence.

    It is animalistic aggression, cloaked by pseudo-religious, cult-like rituals which are designed to make it appear legitimate and righteous. It is brute thuggery, disguised as consent and organization. It is the enslavement of mankind, the subjugation of free will, and the destruction of morality, masquerading as “civilization” and “society.”

    The problem is not just that “authority” can be used for evil; the problem is that, at its most basic essence, it is evil. In everything it does, it defeats the free will of human being controlling them through coercion and fear. It supersedes and destroys moral consciences, replacing them with unthinking blind obedience. It cannot be used for good, any more than a bomb can be used to heal a body.

    It is always aggression, always the enemy of peace, always the enemy of justice. The moment it ceases to be an attacker, it ceases to fit the definition of “government.” It is, by its very nature, a murderer and a thief, the enemy of mankind, a poison to humanity. As dominator and controller, ruler and oppressor, it can be nothing else.

    • Dear Tor,

      You wrote,

      “The problem is not just that “authority” can be used for evil; the problem is that, at its most basic essence, it is evil… It cannot be used for good, any more than a bomb can be used to heal a body.”

      Yup. And therein lies the clover statist fallacy of “coercion in a good cause.” Coercion is inherently bad, therefore it cannot be used “in a good cause.”

      • Yeah, I need to remind myself of the futility of correcting govspeak.

        Authority, business, commerce, taxation. These words are purposely booby-trapped minefields.

        How can I expect to productively communicate with Eric about if use the terms – commerce and taxation, or Final Authority if I use the terms – business, government, monopoly, violence, corruption, competition, and money.

        Fruitful dialog is all but impossible, when every word one would want to use has been perverted and contorted beyond all reparation and repair.

        • Dear Tor,

          I’ve noticed that too, only recently, belatedly.

          I used to throw such words such as “popular mandate,” “constitutional authority” and “legal jurisdiction,” around freely.

          But if one clears one’s head of unpurged, residual statist premises, one suddenly realizes that they are just like “consent of the governed” and “social contract.”

          They are all cover terms for goonvermin impositions at gunpoint. Morally and ethically, they provide clover statists to coerce individuals to do their bidding, “or else.”

          • * Morally and ethically, they provide clover statists [the pretext] to coerce individuals to do their bidding, “or else.”

  3. FYI

    Don’t You Dare Criticize Officers For Shooting Dogs, Whines SLC Top Cop
    J.D. Tuccille|Jun. 29, 2014 2:35 pm

    Police Chief Chris Burbank stepped in front of a camera—and acted pissy that anybody would dare criticize his officers.

    He went on to demand, well, that people respect his officers’ authoritah.

    “I ask only one thing, and that is that this community continues to approach interactions with the police department in a respectful manner.”

  4. FYI:

    Albuquerque Police Dept. Kills 26 people in 4 years
    Posted by Tom Hudson on Monday, June 23, 2014 · 58 Comments


    There is no doubt in my mind why citizens no longer trust law enforcement. Why should we? When an officer is killed, the entire community mourns and the officer is given honors and accolades. But, when a mentally ill man is gunned down, all we get is cover-up. I do not want to sound callous, but an officer’s life is no more valuable than that of the homeless man. Officers in Albuquerque have shown that they are not to be trusted and they are to be feared. There will come a day when citizens will start shooting back, but I imagine that Ms. Brandenberg will have no problem prosecuting those citizens.

  5. Video of owner confronting cops after his dog Geist was shot to death

    Man berates cops

    SLC council wants answers from Police Chief

    Go fund me – Geist (won’t help our cause to give $, but posted as an example of using the market to triumph over police state powerlessness)

    Dog killing cop must be fired

    SLC Police Chief addresses killing

  6. “As of Friday morning, more than 100 emails had been received and the number was steadily climbing, said Detective Dennis McGowan. The SLCPD’s Facebook page also was awash with reactions, overwhelmingly critical, and many of them calling for the officer’s termination.”

    “Further, the department will be reviewing a training module offered by the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing that, among other things, addresses animal encounters.”

    So let me get this straight. The officer enters a fenced yard the dog lives in, gets scared, kills the dog because his gun is the only thought that comes to mind, and now the weasel Chief wants the state to train his people on the subject? Beam me up Scotty.

    • “…many of them calling for the officer’s termination”. I’m calling for his termination too, the way a T1000 would. This pig should face murder charges but he probably won’t even get a wrist slap.
      I have to agree with Jean, it’s time to even the score with these maggots so that they actually will fear for “officer safety” the next time they break down someone’s door; hopefully there’ll be a 12 gauge waiting for them on the other side.

  7. This little piggy robbed markets,
    This little piggy raided homes,
    This little piggy made men into roast beef,
    This little piggy spared none.
    This little piggy went …
    Wee, wee, wee, all the way down!

  8. Time to bury a few cops.
    It sends a emssage when they get away with this sort of thing;
    A pile of dead pigs sends a message, too: We’re not willing to tolerate this sort of behavior any longer; clean up, or else.

    Lousy situation, but apathy and ignoring it don’t fix it.

    • It’s pretty shocking that a boar in blue can simply walk onto private (cough) property, without even the pretext of the owner having committed any sort of “crime” – blow away a family pet and not face immediate felony arrest/prosecution, as well as civil suit.

      Private property ought to be just that – private. If you’re not invited by the owner, you are a trespasser and have no right to be there. Let alone brandish a gun and murder a pet.

      This asshole will claim “officer safety” – because a Weimaraner approached him. Anyone who knows dogs will immediately call bullshit on “officer safety.” These dogs are utterly passive; among the friendliest, least aggressive dogs extant.

      It takes a psychopath to murder one of these benign, trusting, affectionate animals.

      It’s not far from murdering a six-year-old child.


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