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Boulder elk shooting: Suspended cop has taxidermy business

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Update: The shooting of an elk in Boulder by an on-duty police officer has stirred controversy and prompted a candlelight vigil; get more information from our previous coverage, on view below. The latest developments: Boulder police chief Mark Beckner addressed concerned community members at a meeting shortly before news broke that one of the officers on administrative leave over the incident runs a taxidermy business.

Around 11 p.m. on New Year's Day, Boulder police officer Sam Carter shot and killed an elk that's lived peacefully in the Mapleton neighborhood for the past several years, allegedly because it had a broken antler and seemed to be limping. Carter is then said to have called fellow officer Brent Curnow to the scene, where assorted photos with the felled animal were snapped. However, the shooting wasn't reported, and the elk was allegedly taken to Curnow's home to be processed for meat.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, Curnow may have had a professional interest in the kill. He's the registered owner and listed contact for Buffalo Peaks Taxidermy, which touts "quality taxidermy at an affordable price" on its website. Here's a screen capture from the site:

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Curnow also called in sick the night the elk was killed.

This news was not yet out when Police Chief Beckner met with more than fifty members of the community concerned about the elk's shooting. He provided details about the investigatory process being undertaken by the Boulder Police Department and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and stressed that if information surfaces implicating the officers in illegal activities that rise to the level of firing offenses, they will indeed be dismissed.

After the meeting with Beckner, the Justice for the Mapleton Elk Facebook page posted an item that poses the following question: "So you've had a vigil and a meeting with the chief. What's the next move?"

Here's a sampling of the answers:

GO NATIONAL -- It's all about social media. Hire a bright youngster who has the skills to kickstart the social media campaign to keep the pressure on, publicize the NO Hunting yard sign campaign, Get on Colbert Report, Brian Williams NBC Nightly News, Bloggers. Get Wayne Pacelle HSUS involved , PETA , and have a quick fundraiser to get someone going to direct this....

Keep the pressure on, if it appears that interest is waning they will back off the investigation.

Return the carcass, cremate him, spread the ashes and put up a memorial. Make the police pay for it all with the $10,000 poaching fine.

Hire a lawyer, class action suit.

Here's a video from the Beckner meeting, courtesy of the Daily Camera. That's followed by our earlier post.

Continue for more about the Mapleton elk shooting, including photos and multiple videos.



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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

The Boulder Police have just announced the discovery of evidence, linking 'Big Boy', the deceased beast w/ local Colorado gangs . It has been officially confirmed, he was in fact a member of the 'Elks' as well as being a Republican, NRA card carrier .

Additionally, through D.N.A. tests on elk-shit found along w/ photos not far from where he was shot, police have learned 'Big Boy' was both homosexual & into young 'bucks' .

Officer Sam Carter was immediately reinstated & word is to have already received a 'Hero's' welcome-home  from both the Chief of Police & Mayor of the now SAFER,  city of Boulder, Colorado .

Officer Carter will be honored during 1/2 time of this Saturday's,  Broncos payoff game .


J Patrick McDuff
J Patrick McDuff

I can't wait for the outcome. The city council is getting briefed as I type.........

Hillary Leftwich
Hillary Leftwich

Wow his small penis somehow got a lot bigger after he managed to huny down that elusive elk, I tell you what.

Bengy Martinez
Bengy Martinez

Have fun in prison with the people you helped put away, tainting the badge and reputation of your fellow officers is a disgrace to them as well as the community that signed on to protect...

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

This gets more disgusting, the more we learn ! Will he lose his job AND be criminally prosecuted ? Most likely not . Reason being when a cop's actions warrant a dismissal, the 'powers that be' consider loss of job more than adequate of a punishment . Short of 1st degree murder, cops are immune to the laws they are paid to enforce .

Question, how many incarcerated still maintain employment,  AND was loss of job figured into their  sentencing by the judge ? No & no to both . 

Cops are privileged and can do what ever the fuck they want ! These arrogant douche-bags have the audacity to photograph their crimes KNOWING, the department and courts both have their backs, regardless how loud the community cries ! 

bongsucker
bongsucker

Well now the citizens know what to do if they ever encounter a Boulder cop who appears to be limping ... with a broken fingernail ...

Booooo yaaaaah!

Tim Tindle
Tim Tindle

Truth is he was shot because he was too brown for boulder.

kadargo
kadargo

3 CU students kill a raccoon and they go to jail.  3 high school boys kill geese, they go to jail.  A Boulder cop kills an elk, he goes on paid administration paid leave...paid vacation!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Violent Cowardly Cops -- typical gun nuts -- love killing unarmed defenseless creatures.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Forgive me but I still can't stop laughing after watching the news footage of the 'vigil' for the elk,  with EVERYONE singing 'Amazing Grace' !

Did the elk have the opportunity to confess it's sins and accept jesus as it's savior, before dying ? Sources tell me he was a BIG-TIME sinner & a republican !!!

Matt Baca
Matt Baca

Colorado Police officers routinely kill people with little to no reporting by the various Colorado news affiliates, but kill an animal, dog or elk, and all the bleeding hearts come out of the woodwork. If we had half the concern for loss of HUMAN life as we do animal life in this world we'd be 50% less shitty.

Jay Jurgens
Jay Jurgens

he should go and hang out with the asshole that shot clhoe

Jeff Williams
Jeff Williams

yet they arrest flash mob girls. illegal discharge of firearm paid vaca dancing in the streets prison guess thats the new world order

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Liv Michaelson 

  SIGN THIS THING !!!!

RUNNING YOUR MOUTHS & FINGERS ISN'T ENOUGH !!!

May Carole Chambers be your 'new' neighbor, IF YOU DON'T !!!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Tim Tindle  Is has been confirmed, he WAS involved in gang activity ! Boulder police found plenty of evidence linking him to the 'Elks Club' !

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@kadargo ... Abby Toll TAPES a dog to the fridge during a domestic dispute with her boyfriend ... and gets prosecuted and convicted of a FELONY.

The corrupt lowlife trigger-happy pigs who SHOT and KILLED this elk deserve AT LEAST a FELONY conviction.


BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@Juan_Leg It's going to hell because it didn't go through Confirmation and its First Communion.  It's now a Helk.  Ba dum dum.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Craig Hawkins ... may you contract CWD

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Matt Baca Very interesting view, Matt. We're going to make your post an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for weighing in.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@Matt Baca It's Boulder.  Their hippies only care about animals.  Screw people.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@Rob GraayWolf Denman You look like you've eaten your share of woodland critters, Rob.

kadargo
kadargo

@DonkeyHotay I had forgotten that one.  She too was arrested and thrown in jail...being forced to bond out etc...  I vote the cop and his accomplice be forced to go through the same "punished until proven innocent" like all the rest!!


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