Warning: This post contains a video of a deer being shot which some may find disturbing.
2013 might be the Year of the Deer, but this is a very sad update to an otherwise adorable trend. An upsetting YouTube video began circulating on Tuesday, showing a Michigan State Police Trooper shooting a deer in the head at point blank range.
The deer is initially frozen in the trooper's headlights and you can hear the man filming exclaim, "He ain't goin' nowhere, dude." The trooper attempts to get the deer to move, sounding the siren and horn, nearly nudging him with the car so the dear will get out of the way. You can then hear those at the scene discuss the deer's possible injury, and another man asks, "Wally, you want me to grab that fucker and drag it across the road?"
Once the animal's fate is decided, everyone at the scene seems to have fun with the situation. After the deer is shot, a man behind the camera makes falling noises, while another jokingly adds, "Man down. Man down." The other man proclaims, while laughing, "That's better than huntin'." There's also an unclear (though surely hilarious) comment made about a "hard on."
This video, unfortunately, comes at a bad time for Michigan police. Earlier this week, a Grosse Pointe Park Police officer was accused of humiliating a black man, making him "dance like a chimp," and then recording the actions on his cell phone.
The Michigan State Police says they are aware of the deer video and investigating the incident, but MSP spokesperson Lt. Mike Shaw told Fox 2 that the troopers do not appear to have done anything unlawful.