Cop fired for shooting a deer (to protect the public)

A Muscle Shoals, Alabama cop is in trouble for shooting a deer.  He apparently used his own rifle, carried with him on patrol, to kill the 10-point buck.  As a result, he was fired and charged with reckless endangerment, hunting without a permit and hunting with the help of a motor vehicle.

The cop claims he was protecting the public because the deer could wander into the road creating a traffic hazard.


What makes this story unusual with respect to much of what we read about on sites like The Agitator, is that the cop received any punishment at all. American law enforcement culture revolves around the belief that laws are for ordinary people.  No ordinary citizen would get a pass using the excuses this cop is using and neither should he. Cops should not be held to a lower standard. They should be held to a higher standard. After all, they are law enforcement professionals, right?