Sunday, May 15, 2011

Gator vs. Cop, Man vs. the State

I think this May 3 animal-related news item has a certain rustic charm – and interesting legal fallout:

10-foot gator chomps on Fla. deputy's cruiser

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A 10-foot-long alligator has taken a bite out of a Florida deputy sheriff's cruiser...near the Gainesville Golf and Country Club...[T]he car's front bumper was heavily damaged...[T]he alligator was put down under the state's nuisance gator policy.  Under that policy, the trapper is allowed to keep meat and hide from the gator.

I feel I keep hearing contradictory things about whether alligators are dangerous, so I’m going to err on the side of avoiding them (unless I have this cat with me, of course).

But where does libertarian Democrat Dan O’Connor, who is running for U.S. Congress from New York City’s Chinatown/Williamsburg/etc. district, stand on a national gator policy?  Where does he stand on attacking police cars?  These questions and more YOU CAN ASK HIM TOMORROW (MON.) NIGHT BY JOINING US AT LANGAN’S BAR-RESTAURANT (47th just east of 7th), 7-10pm, at the monthly Manhattans Project social gathering.

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