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Dog intimidation at Alabama Protest
Dog intimidation at 02/12/05 protest at construction site of new private prison in Perry County, Alabama.
Yesterday I attended a sit-in in Perry County, Alabama. Uniontown, to be exact. We were protesting the building of a private prison.
Almost as soon as we arrived an SUV pulled up on the opposite side of the road and a clean-cut white man began to take pictures of us with a digital camera.
Then he rolled down his back window and a vicious, trained, man eating german shepherd dog stuck his head out and looked at us.
I told my fellow protesters that there was an undercover across the road with a dog and that photos of us were being taken.
About 10 minutes later as I was filming the sign being erected, and had my back to the road, I hear this god awful snarling, barking and snapping that couldn't have been more than a few inches from my head.
I turned around....camera rolling and saw this man is driving by just inches from us, he has the back window down and this dog is in full "IM GONNA EAT YOUR ASS MODE"!!
The driver had come over onto the shoulder of the road in order to get his dog closer to us.
This is the first time I have ever seen a dog used in a drive-by.
The Abu Ghraib pictures of dog intimidation came to mind.
It's still 1963 here.
Here are some still shots taken from what I videotaped.
Here's the raw footage.