Humans aren't the only species who want to see rules around policing change.
Our furry cohorts around the globe also have plenty of reasons to hate the police. In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, Marnie The Dog's sister, Phyllis, took to social media to condemn racism and police brutality. While social media's beloved, tongue-wagging Shih Tzu died back in March, her sister established herself as a real rule breaker in the wake of Floyd's murder. "Breaking curfew don't tell the pigs," she wrote on Instagram with the hashtag #dogsagainstfacism." In the last few years, there have been plenty of animals who have stood up against police brutality in their own exciting way, tormenting officers unprovoked, and for nothing more than the sheer entertainment of it all. Here are 5 animals that really hate cops.
Last Tuesday, a Georgia police officer was surprised when a renegade goat decided to climb into her car and start eating her paperwork. It took a good while for the officer to get the goat out of the car—he resisted aggressively—but once she managed to wiggle him out, the goat lunged and headbutted the deputy to the ground, all while still chewing on her precious paperwork. The whole experience was caught on body cam with hilarious results. The goat then just wandered away, unfazed by the officer and two barking dogs. He is truly a G.O.A.T. type of goat.
While K9 dogs have saved countless lives and stopped countless crimes all while being good boys, dogs have every reason to hate police officers. Cops regularly kill dogs that live within communities of color. Between 2010 and 2016, LAPD officers were involved in 417 shootings, "with dogs being shot in more than a quarter of the cases." Meanwhile, the LA County Sherrifs department, who were involved in "406 incidents between 2010 and 2017," reported that dogs were shot "45.6 percent of the time." When all the incidents were compiled and put on a map, they more often than not happened within poor communities mostly populated by people of color.
But at least there will always be good boys like the one in the video above, who wants to defend his family from all threats—and for many people that includes cops.
Cats may seem chill about everything, but they're definitely not chill about cops. Back in 2018, an internal investigation was launched against the Springfield Police Department in Massachusetts after video showed an officer violently messing around with a 3-week-old kitten while executing a search warrant.
The tiny, defenseless kitten can be seen writhing around, eager to pounce and shred the pig's face off. Cops additionally spit on the floor of the suspect's house and threw a knife at the wall, and the kitten's reaction is everything we're feeling at this moment: "Let me at 'em!"
Bak in March, a Mountain Lion was shot and killed by Colorado police after a sheriff's deputy tried to corner it underneath a truck. The attack was depicted as unsolicited, but the Mountain Lion was obviously disgruntled by being cornered by a police officer (a feeling which many of us can relate to). The officer was okay, and the best part about this whole debacle is the local news station relied on a few kid witnesses to retell the story, and the kids' resulting passion is heartwarming.
At the beginning of 2020, coyotes were on the prowl for police officers across the Midwest. There had been 3 reported attacks by coyotes, and they all came to a head in Columbus, Ohio, when a coyote attacked a cop after the cop tried to intervene to protect a motorist and a state road worker. The coyote is relentless, at one point wandering away from the scene before returning for one more go with the officer. At no point did he seem interested in attacking anyone else except the cop.