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Man found guilty in stomping death of opossum on Danville police ride-along

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Published: October 20, 2009

A Vernon Hill man was found guilty Monday of animal cruelty after he stomped an opossum to death while on a June 20 ride-along with a Danville police officer.

Evan Bryce Schuler, 23, appealed the judge’s decision, and his case will now move to circuit court.
He appeared in Danville General District Court, where Judge M. Lee Stilwell Jr. reached his decision after hearing two police officers’ testimony.

Officer M.A. Gibbs said she and other officers had stopped at the gas pumps off Monument Street at about 6:30 a.m. Schuler was with one of the officers, J.R. McBride.

While there, Schuler got out of the cruiser and chased an opossum as it ran along a fence, Gibbs said.

“He grabbed a hold of the links of the fence and just started stomping,“ she said.

Schuler then ran back to the police cars.
“He was like, ‘I shouldn’t have done that,‘“ McBride said.

Schuler’s attorney, James Priest, said that his client was riding with McBride because he was thinking about applying for a job with the police department. But that opportunity evaporated after the animal cruelty charge. Schuler served in the military and does not have a criminal record, he added.

Priest said his client grew up on a farm, where opossums killed more than 50 of his chickens. Schuler acted on “strict, basic instinct,“ Priest said.

Robert Adams Jr., senior assistant commonwealth’s attorney, said that opossums and other animals act on instinct as well.
“Hopefully, what differentiates us, is that we don’t just act on instinct,“ Adams said.


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Added: Oct-20-2009 Occurred On: Oct-20-2009
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  • maybe it was just playing dead

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    • LOLZ! Nah If a possum was in feet stomping reach, you'd better stomp the shit outta it, because possumes are mean as a mofo!

      -Tell me this story isnt, he unlocked a cage and stomped a possume to death. LOL

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  • I think some version of the "Possum Test" should be discreetly administered to every police officer candidate.

    "Okay Ted, in that scenario you were supposed to help the little boy catch his puppy............ Can you tell me why you felt using the tazer was an appropriate way of accomplishing that, Ted?

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  • I hate those viscous little bastards but this guy is an idiot

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    • i hate them too, they're pretty mean, but he didn't have to do that

      this is one of those rare instances where we read about a cop actually being held accountable by the law

      most of the time an incident like this would just be a passing news story and nothing would happen to the cop

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    • True. Scary thing is when they violate another human beings rights and get away with it. Its always good to keep a recorder in your car and to know your rights.

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    • I don't think the stomper was a cop yet.

      "Schuler%u2019s attorney, James Priest, said that his client was riding with McBride because he was thinking about applying for a job with the police department."

      He'd probably have gotten away with it if he was ;)

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    • ahhhh, my bad

      thanks

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    • Once again you show your ignorance. First if you had ever been around possums you would know they are timid animals. They are in my back yard all the time. second you projected your anti police leanings into your comment and didn't even bother to note the guy wasn't a cop. Before you start ranting about trolling you, this was one of three postings I hit and voila! there's a stupid comment by you. That tells me your stupid comments are everywhere, nobody has to go looking for them. If the new ava More..

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  • what did this genius think was going to happen!
    at least they know now that he is not suitable for the job seein he is a freakin psycho!

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  • "Schuler got out of the cruiser and chased an opossum as it ran along a fence"

    This guy is mental, making him a cop sounds like a terrific idea.

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  • note to self... dont stomp any opossums in front of cops....do it where they cant see

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  • WTF ???

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  • Opossums ate 50 of his chickens? Opossums are fairly timid creatures that eat mostly road kill, carrion, garbage, etc. - just about any chicken could kick a 'possum's ass. Have you ever been bitten by a possum? They scream and make a lot of noise, but I don't know. I think something else was eating his chickens. Like maybe the fat guy next door.

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    • Interesting. I would think that one of the chickens would wake up and make some noise thus waking up some other chickens, but what do I know? Chickens are pretty dumb. I guess I would focus on blocking up the entry route for the possum if they were causing a problem. I had one living in my house once and my idiot roommate shot it several times with a BB gun, then it took off and died inside the wall somewhere, what a stench. Either club it with a bat or chase it out of the house. BB guns aren't More..

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  • Priest said his client grew up on a farm, where opossums killed more than 50 of his chickens. Schuler acted on "strict, basic instinct," Priest said.

    prosecutor: "strict, basic instinct??? he's a human being and not an animal with lesser faculties."

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  • I'd rather have possums in my yard or house than rats. At least possums don't carry the plague.

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  • ^^ my drunk ass think's there should be a "E" at the end obvioulsy ^^

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  • So when I beat a possum with a club in trap it's animal cruelty? That said I would not chase one down on a street and stomp it to death.

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  • Possums are disgusting good job for him. there rodents people.

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  • it's kind of good he did it.
    imagine if this nutter had gotten onto the force? he'd be stomping ppl in two weeks--maybe sooner.

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  • close him in padded room

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