Accorti responded to a home Monday afternoon where a feral mother cat and her five kittens were living in a woodpile.
He allegedly told the homeowner that shelters were full and that the cats would be going to kitty heaven. He then pulled out his gun and shot the five, 8- to 10-week-old kittens.
Accorti allegedly told the homeowner that he isn’t supposed to do this, but it was justifiable. The woman ran into the house to shield her children, who were screaming and crying.
The police chief has justified the actions of the officer. Why does this end up in the count? Because if you or I had done the same thing and someone saw us, we would be arrested at minimum for reckless discharge of a firearm within city limits. There was no immediate threat to life or even property and there were other methods to deal with the problem.
Further, you’re telling me that no one out in the middle of nowhere Ohio needs barn cats? No this man exercised poor judgment and was looking for an excuse to exercise some trigger time on a living animal. If it had been a dog the argument would be it was coming right for him.
I guess cops have decided that killing every dog they find is no longer enough, they’ve decided to move onto killing cats too.
State Sponsored Criminal: Barry Accorti
Because reckless discharge of a firearm is only reckless if you’re not a cop and you make up a good reason, like “killing kittens that were coming right at you!”. In that case you can do whatever you want and get away with it.