SADISTIC: Cops Crush Tiny Groundhog, Run Over its Body With Golf Cart for Fun – Report

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Claire Bernish | The Free Thought Project

Troy, NY — Two Rensselaer police officers have been suspended following reports they chased down and ran over a groundhog during a police union golf tournament in Troy, New York.

Chief Rick Fusco promised both officers would be fired if an investigation finds them guilty.

“If in fact this alleged situation happened, I will be recommending they be terminated,” Fusco said. “There is no room in any police agency for a person like this to be carrying a badge and a gun.”

Three-year veteran of the force, Tyler Sammon, drove the golf cart, and Matt Spath rode as passenger when the two reportedly chased the animal until it was exhausted, and then cruelly crushed it beneath the cart’s tires — possibly more than once — in what the Albany Times-Union deemed an act of “woodchuck homicide.”


“There is zero tolerance for this behavior,” said Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello in a statement cited by the Troy Record, “and the City Council, Mayor, Police Chief [John] Tedesco, and detectives are investigating this serious animal abuse incident and inappropriate actions.”

Witnesses said the same officers also drove the cart over tee boxes and onto greens on the course. Local ABC News 10 columnist John Gray theorized alcohol likely played a role in the officers’ rowdy and cruel behavior, though that has not been confirmed. Gray called for the pair to be terminated on principle, saying [emphasis added]:


“If you follow this page, you know I’m a big supporter of police, but that job requires a certain level of maturity and decency, and killing an animal that way shows a massive lack of both. Frankly, it is the kind of stunt from a disturbed teenager who needs mental help. There is nothing funny about it. There is no excuse for it.

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