So an off-duty cop writes on with "private social media page": "Truck plunging through ice with a dog inside brings a whole new meaning to FROZEN WEINER or DIRTY WATER DOG." "Why didn't the dog do the Doggie Paddle." "Was his favorite movie Dog Day Afternoon."
To that perhaps I can add:
Too bad there wasn't a horse in the bed of the pickup truck. Then it would have been a real dog and pony show.My point isn't whether these are funny or not. I don't give a damn. My point is that it's perfectly all right for a cop (or anybody) to make dog jokes when an idiot gets his dog killed like that (I guess the owner is now in the dog house). Not only is it all right, it's essential for mental health.
Was he an old dog? Getting out of the truck is a new trick.
I bet the driver is going to miss the dog days of summer.
Now I don't know if this cop is going to trouble. I doubt it. But this is a fine time for some higher ranking police officers to come to his (and all police officers') defense to point out it's perfectly all right for cops to make jokes about what they see on their job. And there's nothing wrong with a cop cracking wise on facebook.
Christ, if you see routinely see human death on the job, are you supposed to break down a weep over a dead dog? (Though many cops do shed tears more quickly for innocent dogs than guilty people, which I always found interesting.) When you're a cop, of course you joke about dead dogs. You joke about dead people. You joke about everything. You don't joke because you don't care (even though sometimes you don't).
You joke because empathy isn't always a healthy or professional way of dealing with other people's shitty situations. You joke to stay sane. You joke because joking is how you pass time. You joke in deadpan to get your partner to crack up at inappropriate situations. You joke because laughter is good for the soul. Now perhaps maybe you shouldn't make jokes at a crime scene in earshot of the victim's family. That's professionalism. But out of earshot? In private? Let the best crack win. Let every dog has its day.
[Here are my other posts on Cop Humor. I say much the same thing... but the jokes are different!]