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Ohio man who barked at police dog says it's free speech, not crime | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 97 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Apr 22, 2011, titled Ohio man who barked at police dog says it's free speech, not crime | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

A southwest Ohio man charged under a city law with teasing a police dog by barking says the law violates free speech.

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Steve Irwin

Columbus, OH

#1 Apr 22, 2011
Bosco?
Truth be told

Columbus, OH

#2 Apr 22, 2011
“The dog started it.” LOL I wonder if they were both given a sobriety test?
Wondering

Columbus, OH

#3 Apr 22, 2011
Is it "freedom of speech" if you don't know the language?? This guy is a moron!

Since: Apr 10

Cincinnati, Ohio

#4 Apr 22, 2011
Fine. They should send him to the dog pound and let him talk all he wants.
Thanks

Columbus, OH

#5 Apr 22, 2011
I needed a good laugh today.

Since: Nov 09

Dublin, OH

#6 Apr 22, 2011
Hilarious. Just funny. and maybe he could have been arrested for public intoxication, but we DO have freedom of speech in the USA, so there's no crime there.
fido

United States

#8 Apr 22, 2011
cops need to chilax a little.
Just Saying

Columbus, OH

#9 Apr 22, 2011
This is too funny! The dog started it ... but the cops finished it. Didn't the cops have anything better to do than argue with a drunk (he had to be if he was talking to the dog). But to charge the man for barking at the dog is crazy.
Topper

Columbus, OH

#10 Apr 22, 2011
So you can call a cop a "Pig".....but it's a crime to bark at the dog???????

I think it's time to take another look at K-Nines.....Contrary to what the cops think...K-Nines are DOGS....

I'm suprised they aren't included in the retirement system....
giada

Portsmouth, OH

#11 Apr 22, 2011
This is truley funny. Maybe the cop should have let the dog out so that he could argue with this idiot face to face.
OMG

Dallas, TX

#12 Apr 22, 2011
Ssshhheeessshhh don't be loud there's an investigation, don't take pictures of the man who was slammed on the ground because he didn't give the answer that was asked for and when your being tased make sure your hands are place in the small of your back otherwise we'll put a knee in your neck. Your also not allowed to take pictures of anything we do because well if the truth comes out then it may impede our ability to treat those who are innocent till proven guilty like convicted criminals.

If that animal is confined in the appropriate fashion in that cruiser nothing will go wrong, just another case of hilljack cops.
ItsMe

Findlay, OH

#13 Apr 22, 2011
This story is just awesome. he really shouldnt have been teasing the dog. but common its just to funny. "the dog started it " hahaa!!.. and "Barking is a language." hahah
protected speech

Columbus, OH

#14 Apr 22, 2011
Love it or hate it, it's still speech. And that is our country's very first law - unchanged in over 200 years.

So drop the charges and teach the cop that he can't arrest someone for being stupid.
cols_resident

Columbus, OH

#15 Apr 22, 2011
protected speech wrote:
Love it or hate it, it's still speech. And that is our country's very first law - unchanged in over 200 years.
So drop the charges and teach the cop that he can't arrest someone for being stupid.
He was drunk and antagonizing the dog...he would have sued in an instant if the dog had been able to get out of the cruiser and had attacked him.

If he can get the dog to follow his commands by barking, then I will give him a pass for "free speech".
Carmi

Columbus, OH

#16 Apr 22, 2011
ItsMe wrote:
This story is just awesome. he really shouldnt have been teasing the dog. but common its just to funny. "the dog started it " hahaa!!.. and "Barking is a language." hahah
c'mon
The Liming Liberal

United States

#17 Apr 22, 2011
Thanks wrote:
I needed a good laugh today.
Laughin g is good for you. Here is another: http://thelimingview.blogspot.com/
DrippingwithSarc asm

Columbus, OH

#18 Apr 22, 2011
Not so fast everyone. People do understand dog language.
Lest we forget: "Ruf-ruf, ruf, ruf-fur-fur"
"What is it boy, Jimmy trapped in the well?"
C'mon cops, nothing better to do?
osu1029

New York, NY

#19 Apr 22, 2011
DrippingwithSarcasm wrote:
Not so fast everyone. People do understand dog language.
Lest we forget: "Ruf-ruf, ruf, ruf-fur-fur"
"What is it boy, Jimmy trapped in the well?"
C'mon cops, nothing better to do?
Timmy...
s for brain

United States

#20 Apr 22, 2011
You people are idiots. You cannot yell fire in a theater, that is not protected speech. So obviously you cannot think in absolutes. If he was tapping on the car window, then you could not defend him based on free speech. This is a simple case of a complete idiot expressing his lack of respect for law enforcement and in turn his lack of respect of lawful society. if you still think he should not be charged, then I hope you feel the same way when he expresses his freedom of expression by killing someone he does not like.
joyousonex

AOL

#21 Apr 22, 2011
Is is also a crime to bark at a cop?

JEEEZ, seems to me that this city has too much time on its' hand to pass and then enforce a silly law like this one.

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