Cop Threatens to Kill Pets, Destroy Home and Reputation?

An attorney in Kansas City is accusing a police officer in that city of threatening to kill his pets and destroy his home and his reputation with his neighbors. Why? Because the attorney told him he couldn’t search his house without a warrant. Thinking you have 4th Amendment rights? That’s so 20th century.

They wanted to know where two guys were, and [Eric] Crinnian later found out police believed they violated parole.

“I said, ‘I have no idea who you’re talking about I’ve never heard of these people before,’” he said.

To prove it, he said police asked to search his house, Crinnian refused multiple times. He said they needed a warrant.

Then he said one police officer started threatening him saying, “If we have to get a warrant, we’re going to come back when you’re not expecting it, we’re going to park in front of your house, where all your neighbors can see, we’re gonna bust in your door with a battering ram, we’re gonna shoot and kill your dogs, who are my family, and then we’re going to ransack your house looking for these people.”

“If that’s the case and those are the things that were said, I would think those would be inappropriate,” said John Hamilton.

John Hamilton is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Park University and former police officer. He said having a warrant is always the best way for police to search a home, and while the threats aren’t illegal, they might violate a department policy.

It’s not illegal? It damn well should be. Unfortunately, this is a he said/he said situation where there’s likely no recording of it. Which is why every single police officer should have a recorder on their uniform. Every single interaction between a police officer and the public on the job should be recorded. And if it’s true that the officer said this, he should be fired and should never get another job in law enforcement (at the very least).

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  • To be fair, he was disrespecting Authority.

  • Artor

    This is also why you should never talk to a cop without your own recorder running, if you can avoid it. I need to figure out how to get my non-smart-phone to do that. Fortunately, I almost never have to talk to cops.

  • unbound

    So let me get this straight. If I threaten a public figure, I will be visited by some level of police and potentially arrested. If the police threaten me and/or my family, it’s all good?

    That is the most disturbing thing I’ve read in a very long time.

  • Moggie

    The threats might violate a department policy? So a police department could legally have a policy directing its officers to threaten to trash your house and kill your pets, and you couldn’t touch them for it?

  • Trebuchet

    Eagerly awaiting the appearance of this story on Popehat.

  • stever

    “Contempt of Cop” is a crime not mentioned in any statute, but the maximum penalty is summary death. Did you know that you have, concealed on your person, a cheap pistol with the serial number drilled out? You might not be able to find it, but the coroner’s investigator would find it in your hand, recently fired. This sort of misuse of police power should be a felony.

  • John Pieret

    while the threats aren’t illegal

    Oh, let’s test just a little part of that! That officer should be required to call up the White House and say “I’m going to shoot and kill your dogs.” Once the Secret Service is done with him, we can ask again if he is fit to be on the police force.

  • busterggi

    Typical cop.

  • Stevarious, Public Health Problem

    This is also why you should never talk to a cop without your own recorder running, if you can avoid it.

    There is an app called Cop Recorder for Android devices. It records completely silently (so unless you know to open the app and see if it’s record, there’s no indication) and it copies the recording to a remote server as it’s record, so even if, say, the phone is smashed to bits and burned, everything it recorded is already uploaded.

  • smrnda

    I’m beginning to think that the whole police system is so bad that it needs to be completely torn apart, every active duty cop needs to be dismissed and asked to never come back, and we need to start over. I suspect that people who *want* to be cops tend to be authoritarian types, so perhaps we should have some system where we try to identify people who *don’t* have those tendencies and then try to recruit them? I know that’s a tough order, but the stories I read make me think nothing less will make a dent in the problem.

    There also needs to be some way where complaints about cops get them fired. I am usually all for pro-worker protections and union representation to prevent people from being fired over minor mistakes, but cops need to be held to a higher standard, and when it comes to a cop who screws up, the right of the public to police they can tolerate matters more than the cop’s job security.

  • dingojack

    Meanwhile, on the other side of the Earth….

    🙁 DIngo

  • Stevarious, it’s for iPhone/ad too, and is being replaced by OpenWatch.

  • For many (if not all) police departments, when they do a no-knock search, it is policy to shoot any dogs they see on sight with no hesitation.

    For the “safety” of the officers. The news is full of such incidents. And it’s apparently perfectly legal.

  • Jackie wishes she could hibernate


    Yeah, they’ll shoot your pets right in front of your kids. So much for Officer Friendly, huh?

  • Ichthyic

    Typical cop.

    there are places where that is not the case.

    I rather like the cops here in NZ. Chatty bunch. they don’t wear sunglasses at night.

  • Ichthyic

    There is an app called Cop Recorder for Android devices.

    also available for Iphone; for those of that bent:!/id433040863?mt=8

    sounds like a good idea to me.