Two Rockland Police Department officers —27-year-old Addison Cox and 30-year-old Michael Rolerson —were fired after allegedly beating porcupines to death.
According to The Courier-Gazette, Cox and Rolerson beat porcupines with their nightsticks until they were dead, while a third officer recorded the beating.
The incident took place in June but wasn’t reported until late August. The Rolerson and Cox were swiftly fired in early September and the third officer was placed on administrative leave. By Oct. 2, Cox and Rolerson were hit with a count of aggravated animal cruelty and a misdemeanor count of night hunting charges. Cox was also charged with misdemeanor unlawful use or possession of implements or aids and Rolerson was charged with misdemeanor illuminating wild animals or birds.
Interesting how police can charge officers when it comes to the death of animals but can’t seem to make it happen when it comes to Black lives.