Thursday, December 30, 2004


There are two possible explanations for this story:

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Two Wal-Mart employees who police say followed a manager's orders to shoot and kill a stray cat have been charged with federal animal cruelty.

One, there is a Federal law against shooting stray cats


Two, it is yet another example of shoddy reporting by the MainStreamMedia.

(Yes, there is possibly a third option: It could be both).

I suspect that Two is the correct answer. Local police don't have the authority to arrest persons for federal crimes; only federal LEOs can. And the Feds don't normally get involved unless the incident occurred on federal property, or was part of a federal investigation. In addition, it's doubtful that the Feds would even get involved at this point; usually, the case is forwarded to them after the local prosecutor reviews it and decides whether to file charges. Finally, having worked with federal LEOs, I can safely say they wouldn't even bother themselves with a minor case like this.

Is it too much to ask that the MSM at least try to be accurate?

(link via Drudge)


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