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Boulder elk killed by cop deserves a memorial and not JonBenet Ramsey? Really?

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According to a press release from the In Defense of Animals organization and a corroborating story in the Boulder Daily Camera, $3,000 has been raised to put toward a memorial for an elk -- known as Big Boy to some Boulder residents -- shot by a Boulder cop on New Year's Day.

Which is a prime example of taking things a bit too far.

In Defense of Animals donated $1,500 for the memorial, and an unnamed local business matched those funds. Rita Anderson, representing the organization, is quoted as saying, "I think it would be a symbol of who we are and what is important to us."

While potentially true, that statement is more damning than uplifting, unfortunately.
The furor over this shooting is confusing. As a Westword reader pointed out earlier this month, the elk's death has garnered more attention than the killing of many human beings thanks to public outrage.

No one is denying that police officers Samuel Carter and Brent Curnow operated with a reckless disregard for public safety and their responsibilities as law-enforcement officers. The revelation that the shooting was premeditated makes it all the more infuriating. But taking a moment to step back and consider "who we are and what is important to us" might be the best approach right now.

Rather than constructing a "bronze elk" to memorialize the animal, majestic as it was, why not put that money toward hosting a public forum for citizens and local law enforcement to attempt to get on the same page?

Here's another option. The JonBenet Ramsey case left many jaded and bitter about the media circus and the judicial system's collective inability to reach some sort of a decision. Lost in the fallout, sixteen years later, is the fact that a young girl was murdered. Perhaps a memorial to a defenseless child could come before a memorial to an elk.

Two more suggestions: The $3,000 (and there will surely be more donated) could be put instead toward some of the homeless shelters around Boulder County to help those who are really in need during the winter months. Or it could be given to the Boulder County Animal Control division in order to help relocate animals that definitely do not belong in a city.

The outpouring of support for the elk has run its natural course. Carter and Curnow have been formally charged. And "who we are and what is important to us" goes beyond the elk to the officers' breach of trust, which may be the most unsettling part of this saga.

Let's not confuse an unfortunate incident with a real tragedy.

More from our News archive: "Samuel Carter and Brent Curnow: Boulder cops charged in elk shooting resign."



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Alethea Smock
Alethea Smock

Are they gonna stuff the damn thing and put it on display? Sheesh.

ecphelps
ecphelps

I don't understand this attack on private citizens and a not-for-profit group raising money to memorialize a beloved neighborhood animal that was so brutally and callously killed by a couple of Boulder's finest. The neighborhood and community wants the memorial and so they are moving to make that happen.

Are you just upset because you never got off your lazy ass to start a fund to build a memorial to JonBenet? You can still do that - no one will mind.

Wit Knee
Wit Knee

I can't believe this is still news.

Carrie Appel
Carrie Appel

Tens of thousands of dollars could be put to better use.

Chris Frantz
Chris Frantz

I personsally couldn't ntt ... Thank god it's a teens age fictional@ season.

Stefan Baros
Stefan Baros

As an incredibly high Al Sharpton might say, "Only in Boulder brothas!" Really doe. Da fuck.

Beau Davis
Beau Davis

Smoky Hill Bound- So you commented to say you had no comment?

Jen Bannister
Jen Bannister

I think yes. The rest we cannot correct. Doesn't mean we shouldn't start now.

Nancy Ringsoundstudios
Nancy Ringsoundstudios

its insanity, many homeless people and starving children die every day and no one is there for them. I think a second look at what and who we give our attention to is in order. Seriously and ELK???? Granted the cop was a dork, but this isnt even newsworthy crazy shit =crazy boulder

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

If her own parents didn't care enough to 

1) not abuse her to death, 

2) not parade her around like a pedophile's puppet 

3) tell the TRUTH to the police investigating her death, 

4) build their own memorial

... why the fuck should anyone else give a shit ?

Sean Schof
Sean Schof

nobody wants a fucking jon benet ramsey memorial

Marcus Tompkins
Marcus Tompkins

Sure, if there is nothing else to spend money on....

Rob Payne
Rob Payne

Like the Elk, the only people who cared about Jon Benet, is the public....

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

Pretty sick.  That's what happens when you smoke the bad patchouli up in B-town.  This makes me wonder if PETA has its dolphin-safe hooks in this one somehow.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Carrie Appel  .... then take your $10k and do what you want with it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Chris Frantz  ... drunk much?

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@Jen Bannister Yeah, screw the homeless and hungry people that money could help out.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Nancy Ringsoundstudios ... so tell us -- exactly -- how many starving children did YOU save last week?

Be specific, and show your work.

ecphelps
ecphelps

@Nancy Ringsoundstudios by all means, Nancy, get out there and help some homeless people - I'm sure it'll be the first time you've ever done it

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@BackOffImStarving  ... how much $$$ did YOU give to the homeless and hungry last week?

p.s. - donations to yourself excluded

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay I spent it all on a memorial for the squirrels in my backyard.  The homeless and hungry will have to wait until the 15th.

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