Ok let me clear some things up here for you...
The incident that occured with the dog and the young black boy was in of itself not an isolated incident... from the article the dog has had several experiences which led either observers or victims of the dogs behavior to make a compliant or file charges (the dog history wasnt very detailed).
It is completely possible that the dog has developed a tendancy to attack dark skinned people, either thru experience, i.e. - percentage of people being arrested which really relies solely on the location and district or Scent (if a dog can sniff out "cancer" I am sure that a dog can tell other differences as well)... could also be possible but I have never heard of any testing of that...
to say that a dog is racist:
1.\tThe belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
2.\tDiscrimination or prejudice based on race.
then I would apply this too the second definition only... as in experience too...
dogs are also very visually reactive... if you run, an animal will run after you... when you run you identify yourself as prey... to an animal this is almost irresistable... if I get excited and run towards my other dog or make any subtle attempt to indicate any action of violence or defence my other dog will co-operate and assist in a "pack-like" reaction... I know this first hand... there are soo many variables that could change the outcome of the situation... plus the is alot we dont know about what went down in the past to create this reaction in the dog if it is a learned behavior... did the child happen to run in the wrong direction? was the child between the true bad guy and the cop or maybe too close?
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