Now Playing: Retire the Police Horses - Lone Vets Agenda City Hall
Topic: City Hall
On May 16, 2012
This is what I will say before the City Council on Wednesday at about 0930 ~joe walsh
Good morning Mr. Mayor and members of the council: I am once again speaking for Individuals for Justice and the Oregon Progressive Party.
I come today to suggest a simple thing, the retirement of the Police Horses. It has come to our attention that you continue to support the police department efforts to use these wonderful animals in a way that places our citizens and the horses in danger. From videos that are available on the internet, (listed in my written submission) you can see for yourselves that soon there will be a tragedy that could have been stopped here today.
I have given you links to see these videos and take positive action to stop this madness from continuing to happen. We want the police horses, all of them, to be honored with retirement to green pastures and enjoy the rest of their lives.
We suggest this retirement to include working with children or veterans coming home from killing things in far away lands.
The cost to keep these animals working to control crowds or intimidate the "Houseless" is about $585,000 per year. The cost will eventually cause this council or the new members coming in next January to decide to stop this program, our concern is that if and when it does happen there will be little planning on what to do with these dedicated animals and we want lots of time to be spent in deciding where they will go.
Many cities are now in the process of discontinuing these programs and have to make fast decisions on selling the horses and don't care where they are going--to us that would be another tragedy.
This is what Mounted Patrol Unit has on its web site:
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These are actual street encounters using the horses as weapons:
link to www.katu.com
The Charter Commission started to work on the concept of not using animals to control crowds but was shut down before they could finish their good work:
"Should Portland Ban Cops From Using Horses and Pepper Spray to Bust Up Protests?
Both address the tactics police use to break up protests—methods that attained new notoriety amid the recent
Occupy Portland protests." (more)
link to blogtown.portlandmercury.com
Human beings should not use animals as weapons, that is a worthy goal, to continue this program will ensure that somebody gets hurt.