In the study of psychology, there is a term for those who hurt animals for personal pleasure. It is called intentional animal torture and cruelty and even has its own initialism, IATC. Psychologists have long studied the reasons behind why a person would intentionally harm an animal and the types of people associated with this behavior are often society’s worst. So, when two police officers beat porcupines to death with their batons, while another films it, it should certainly raise some red flags.
Last year, TFTP reported on two cops who filmed themselves beating porcupines to death and this week, they were finally held accountable — sort of. On Thursday, two former Rockland cops were sentenced to jail for beating a dozen porcupines to death with their batons while on duty.
While it is common knowledge that police officers kill dogs on a regularly basis, many folks don’t realize that cops also kill lots of small animals in sadistic ways as well.
In October, two Rockland police officers were arrested for animal cruelty for torturing and beating several porcupines to death — for fun. The animal cruelty charges were also accompanied by multiple night hunting violations for how and when the animals were beaten to death.
Addison Cox, 27, of Warren and Michael A. Rolerson, 30, of Searsmont were both charged Oct. 2 with Class C aggravated animal cruelty and a misdemeanor count of night hunting. Cox was also charged with misdemeanor unlawful use or possession of implements or aids. Rolerson was charged with misdemeanor illuminating wild animals or birds.
A third officer, Officer Kenneth Smith, was not charged nor fired despite filming the act and sharing it with other officers on Snapchat. According to the department, Smith is currently on administrative leave for another incident. According to the Village Soup, Smith is accused of posting a video of Rolerson killing a porcupine to Snapchat in June of 2020.