Protecting and serving bullets to groundhogs
By Bryan Ramos
roundhogs spend most of their lives underground where they create tunnels and dens to raise their young, and to avoid getting shot by police.
Unfortunately for this groundhog in Carroll County, Maryland, it couldn’t avoid becoming another statistic at the hands of police violence.
What began as a comical mishap quickly turned disturbing when a police officer — initially trying to get a groundhog out of the road — took out his gun and shot it in front of a line of cars. https://t.co/s2Qu8JZ92R pic.twitter.com/upat4eYnIr
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Video of the incident posted on Facebook shows traffic stopped in both directions on a road in Eldersburg because of the groundhog. A deputy then steps toward the groundhog, which didn’t back away. The deputy stepped into another lane of traffic and the groundhog steps toward the deputy. The deputy then pulls his gun, gets down on one knee and shoots the groundhog. The groundhog, who’s just been shot in the face, rolls around on the ground, probably because he’s just been shot, when the deputy gets on a knee again and decides to shoot the groundhog a second time before walking back to his patrol car.
The Sheriff’s Office said in a statement, “He realized that it was not responding as expected for an animal that was not being cornered or trapped. Believing the groundhog to be either sick or injured, the deputy then put the animal down for the public’s safety.”
It’s hard out here for a groundhog. RIP in peace.