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Boulder elk shooting: Suspended cop has taxidermy business

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Original post, 6:09 a.m. January 7: Never underestimate passions stirred by the death of an animal. Example: The shooting death of an elk well known to residents of Boulder's Mapleton neighborhood. Since the creature was killed on New Year's Day by an on-duty police officer later seen posing for a snapshot with the carcass (see it here), anger over the incident has led to the creation of a Facebook page devoted to the case, as well as a weekend vigil featured among the videos below.

At about 11 p.m. this past Tuesday, as our Sam Levin has reported, an officer later identified as Sam Carter, a five-year veteran of the Boulder Police Department, shot the elk , known by some residents as Big Boy, allegedly because one of its antlers was broken off and it was limping -- claims disputed by at least one neighbor. However, neither Carter nor fellow officer Brent Curnow, a thirteen-year BPD member called to the scene by Carter, reported the incident at the time. Moreover, a photo of Carter posing with the elk like a trophy subsequently surfaced. Here's how it looked in the Boulder Daily Camera:

boulder elk daily camera screen capture.jpg
Courtesy Boulder Daily Camera
Adding to the ire felt by locals with affectionate feelings for the elk, which was seen regularly throughout the area for the past several years, was a BPD release confirming that the elk's body was taken to Curnow's home for processing as meat.

On Friday, as questions about the shooting continued to grow, Carter and Curnow were placed on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation, and BPD chief Mark Beckner wrote a letter to the community explaining the process; see it below in its entirety. However, his words did placate visitors to Justice for the Mapleton Elk, a Facebook page that's garnered more than 600 likes at this writing. Here are two comments on a link about the letter:

'Paid leave' so will they have to repay the city for that time if convicted? Why not unpaid leave and IF they are not convicted they can collect?
I bet ya Chief Beckner is working so very hard to protect His BOULDER Barney Fife who was just itching to take down this beautiful animal as a CONQUEST to satisfy his EGO! NOW, Barney gets a paid VACATION at the Boulder taxpayers expense...HUMMMMM...Nice job if you can get it.
Continue to read more about the latest developments in the Boulder elk shooting.

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38 comments
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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