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Man arrested for beating opossum can sue police
Associated Press ^ | August. 10, 2012

Posted on 08/10/2012 11:08:12 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California man arrested with his young son for beating an opossum with a shovel can sue police officers for wrongful arrest because it's not illegal to kill an opossum, a federal appeals court ruled.

In 2008, Lorenzo Oliver called Anaheim police about an opossum attacking his bulldogs in his backyard.

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1 posted on 08/10/2012 11:08:20 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!

Beating the opossum, is that what the kids are calling it today?


2 posted on 08/10/2012 11:10:54 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Sorry, bud. The ‘possum was gay. Hate crime.


3 posted on 08/10/2012 11:12:10 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: a fool in paradise

Just make sure you stay away from his bulldogs while he is beating his opossum.


4 posted on 08/10/2012 11:14:43 AM PDT by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Leftist insanity this man was deluged with hate mail for killing a pest which was attacking his pets. So they arrested him because these idiots have been raised to believe killing an animal is worse than putting a dad in prison.

I really hate this crap. I hope he gets a million dollars and kills some more possums for good measure. Cook em up too, possum pie.


5 posted on 08/10/2012 11:15:16 AM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
an opossum attacking his bulldogs in his backyard.

If this is real (and not a South Park "he's coming right at us" defense), then my first though would be that the opossum was rabid. They may hiss a little when disturbed, but opossums generally retreat from any threat.

6 posted on 08/10/2012 11:16:14 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Recycled Olympic tagline Shut up, Bob Costas. Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Earlier it was pig slapping.
 
Now they're beating possums.
 
What's next?

7 posted on 08/10/2012 11:16:21 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Williams

Damned city cops. Any cop from rural US would never have done this. Damn cities!


8 posted on 08/10/2012 11:17:09 AM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: Responsibility2nd
What's next?

Hanging wannabe tyrants from lamp-posts.

/johnny

9 posted on 08/10/2012 11:18:26 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Rick Perry would have shot it then made a coat from it.


10 posted on 08/10/2012 11:19:29 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: a fool in paradise

Didn’t Pee Wee Herman get arrested for beating his pet possum?


11 posted on 08/10/2012 11:20:19 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Lorenzo Oliver called Anaheim police about an opossum attacking his bulldogs in his backyard.

A possum attacked his bulldogs? Yeah, sure it did.

12 posted on 08/10/2012 11:20:54 AM PDT by GBA
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To: umgud

Now Feinswine and Boxcar will ban shovels, too.


13 posted on 08/10/2012 11:21:03 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Responsibility2nd
"Earlier it was pig slapping. Now they're beating possums. What's next?"

Cat Juggling?

14 posted on 08/10/2012 11:22:04 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Responsibility2nd
"Earlier it was pig slapping. Now they're beating possums. What's next?"

Cat Juggling?

15 posted on 08/10/2012 11:22:42 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: umgud

the cops are just mad because the possum almost killed the dog they wanted to shoot.


16 posted on 08/10/2012 11:23:34 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: GBA

Yes, I find that strange also, they seem very timid.


17 posted on 08/10/2012 11:35:13 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: JaguarXKE
Noooooo. Pee Wee was choking his chicken.
18 posted on 08/10/2012 11:35:47 AM PDT by Tupelo (TeaPartier ..... but no longer a Republican)
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To: KarlInOhio

Agreed.

Rabid, or maybe infected or snakebit.


19 posted on 08/10/2012 11:47:11 AM PDT by agere_contra (Vote ABO. Don't choose the Greater Evil and then boast about how principled you are)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Hopefully he’ll get enough to force Anaheim to cut police.


20 posted on 08/10/2012 11:55:49 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: GSWarrior

21 posted on 08/10/2012 11:59:24 AM PDT by GSWarrior (Businessmen are more trustworthy than professors, politicians and preachers.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

...and besides...the opossum wasn’t even dead!

It was just .......


22 posted on 08/10/2012 12:01:45 PM PDT by G Larry (Progressives are Regressive because their objectives devolve to the lowest common denominator.)
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To: JaguarXKE
Homos call it "Petting The Possum".

Yah, baby!

23 posted on 08/10/2012 12:09:09 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [PERVERT-NV] has Vickie-the-goat in lingerie and stiletto heels, tied-up in his office.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

[ Earlier it was pig slapping.

Now they’re beating possums.

What’s next? ]

Choking the Chicken

Spanking the Monkey

Waxing the Dolphin

Polishing the Porpoise

Punishing the Primate

Gripping the Gorilla

Slapping the Squirrel

Assaulting the Aardvark

......


24 posted on 08/10/2012 12:11:57 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: KarlInOhio

It is highly unlikely that the opossum was rabid as their body temperature is generally too low to harbor the rabies virus. There has only been one instance know of a rabies infected opossum.


25 posted on 08/10/2012 12:13:31 PM PDT by ResponseAbility (The beauty of liberalism is that the stupid can feel smart, the lazy can feel entitled, and the immo)
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To: carriage_hill

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuNihdGBu8k


26 posted on 08/10/2012 12:14:02 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: KarlInOhio
They may hiss a little when disturbed, but opossums generally retreat from any threat.

I've seen possums play dead so long that even a couple of large dogs got bored drooling on them.

You're right. If the possum actually attacked anything, it was more than likely rabid.

27 posted on 08/10/2012 12:18:34 PM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as Created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: fortheDeclaration
Very timid are they????? Don't count on it, you'll be sportin some nice wounds from a very unsanitry carrion eating animal.
28 posted on 08/10/2012 12:18:56 PM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Too bad Turtle Man wasn't close by.


29 posted on 08/10/2012 12:25:42 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: GSWarrior

Weeeeeellllll doggie! The best think about possum innards and gopher gravy is that it’s just as good the second day.


30 posted on 08/10/2012 12:26:54 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: MamaTexan

[ You’re right. If the possum actually attacked anything, it was more than likely rabid. ]

Opossums have a very low body temperature which makes them practically immune to rabies, though it can happen and this could be a very rare case...


31 posted on 08/10/2012 12:33:54 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: TexasCajun

Beat me to it!


32 posted on 08/10/2012 12:33:55 PM PDT by WakeUpAndVote
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To: GraceG
Opossums have a very low body temperature which makes them practically immune to rabies, though it can happen and this could be a very rare case...

LOL! I actually saw (and researched) that after my post, and it appears you're correct.

Anytime an animal acts out of character, though, there's usually a reason....snakebite, parasites and illness, among others.

Also, we only have the man's word it WAS attacking his dogs. It may have just been in his yard and the dogs were raising hell over it. I know mine do.

Be that as it may, getting arrested for dispatching a pest with whatever means is at your disposal is just totally ridiculous, IMHO.

33 posted on 08/10/2012 12:45:00 PM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as Created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: GraceG

LOL. Funny ad.


34 posted on 08/10/2012 12:45:14 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [PERVERT-NV] has Vickie-the-goat in lingerie and stiletto heels, tied-up in his office.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

At least they let these guys go. I thought these guys were doing a public service, as these critters carry some bad diseases, esp for livestock.

In 2004 two students at the University of Missouri-Columbia were charged with animal abuse for stuffing about 40 opossums — living and dead — into a plastic barrel for a frat house stunt. In the bizarre contest, members were given one point for each dead opossum they could find and two points for a live one, authorities said. The Missouri Department of Conservation quoted fraternity members as saying they planned to release the opossums into the yard of another fraternity.

The alleged abuse was discovered Nov. 19, 2004 when neighbors complained about the noise. Police reported seeing students gathered around a large plastic barrel about two-thirds full of opossums, only half of them still alive.

Fraternity members Zachary Wade Famuliner and Adam Paul Thomas were charged with animal abuse and illegally pursuing, taking, killing, possessing or disposing of wildlife — misdemeanors. The students, both 19, pleaded innocent.

Philip Josephson, national executive director of Alpha Gamma Rho, said Thursday he found the opossum stunt “deplorable,” but insisted it wasn’t sanctioned or sponsored by the fraternity. He said there are no plans to bar the use of wild animals by chapters — as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had urged in a letter.

The conservation agency released the live opossums in a remote area. Authorities could not say how many opossums may have died because of being stuffed into the barrel.

Vern Pierce, the faculty adviser for the fraternity, said members are planning professional careers in agricultural and animal management, and are “highly sensitive to any notion of abuse.”

“You ask, ‘What were these two thinking?’ That is the point: They weren’t thinking,” he said. Pierce said the chapter has volunteered to sponsor educational events about proper treatment of animals for all fraternities and sororities.


35 posted on 08/10/2012 12:47:50 PM PDT by Help!
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To: GraceG
And lets not forget the ever popular Shaving the Beaver.

 

36 posted on 08/10/2012 12:53:20 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: GraceG
Wow! Never heard all them before.

Making a copy for future reference...


37 posted on 08/10/2012 12:54:39 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [PERVERT-NV] has Vickie-the-goat in lingerie and stiletto heels, tied-up in his office.)
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To: a fool in paradise
Beating the opossum, is that what the kids are calling it today?

I dunno, but there's always Viagra for when your opossum plays dead.

38 posted on 08/10/2012 1:11:13 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
for beating an opossum with a shovel

Was he beating it because it was playing opossum.

39 posted on 08/10/2012 1:24:14 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: ResponseAbility
There has only been one instance know of a rabies infected opossum.

I heard that they were less likely to catch rabies, but I didn't know it was that rare. Unless I had wikipedia on my shovel to look it up, it would still get a whack for acting like that.

40 posted on 08/10/2012 1:26:46 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Recycled Olympic tagline Shut up, Bob Costas. Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)
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To: X-spurt
I am sure they will fight when cornered, but I have never heard that they were aggressive.

I could be wrong ofcourse, I am only speaking from limited observation.

41 posted on 08/10/2012 1:47:07 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: a fool in paradise

Why do kids have to go changing the language? Whipping the Yellow-Bellied Marmot was good enough for generations.


42 posted on 08/10/2012 1:52:47 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Agreed. Sounds kimshied up by Daddy to support his stupidity in killing a possum.


43 posted on 08/10/2012 2:09:26 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Maybe he didn’t kill it.

Maybe it was just “playing possum”. ;-)

[Sorry, I couldn’t stop myself.]


44 posted on 08/10/2012 2:47:04 PM PDT by RatSlayer
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To: SJackson

Outdoors Ping!


45 posted on 08/10/2012 4:14:14 PM PDT by randita (Either the politicians fix our fiscal insanity, or the markets will.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

WTF? Are cops just insane now? The only good possum is a dead possum. If I was a cop and found a couple of guys beating a possum to death, I’d ask them to stand back so I could give it a round from my duty weapon.

I hate modern America. Everybody in the liberals cities are insane. Now cops are arresting people for killing pests on their property.

WTF. This is pure insanity. There is no hope for this nation to recover from the coming tyranny. None.


46 posted on 08/10/2012 4:41:35 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I want to know if these cops have been stripped of their indemnity so that they can be held personally liable.


47 posted on 08/10/2012 4:50:27 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Ya better give a bunch of whacks and watch it for a few minutes. One time I ran over a possum, backed over it and ran over it again just to be sure. I looked in my rear view mirror and it looked dead as a doornail. parked the car, wnt to look and it was gone.


48 posted on 08/10/2012 5:22:36 PM PDT by ResponseAbility (The beauty of liberalism is that the stupid can feel smart, the lazy can feel entitled, and the immo)
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To: SgtHooper
Sounds kimshied up by Daddy to support his stupidity in killing a possum.

Seems like you make up crap out of whole cloth so you assume everyone does.

Also, what is stupid about killing a possum?

49 posted on 08/10/2012 6:25:11 PM PDT by Eaker (When somebody hands you your arse, don't give it back saying "This needs a little more tenderizing.")
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To: fortheDeclaration

That Gieco commercial pretty well is spot on for a possum. Cornered and fight are relative terms, they are pretty dumb, but you don’t have to actually corner one for it to feel cornered and come at you in rapid fashion.

I have had them “dare” my dogs to get to eat their dog food and my dogs are are rarely fearful as they fight and kill coyotes that come into their home territory.


50 posted on 08/10/2012 9:38:57 PM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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