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Man charged with kicking service dog in the head at South Station

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Transit Police report arresting a Quincy man they say kicked a woman's service dog in the head in South Station around 4:40 p.m. on Wednesday.

According to police, William Bagen, 43, had a problem with the dog, in the Red Line area of the station, and kicked it in the head while yelling "get that fucking dog out of my way!"

The woman found T cops, who in turn located Bagen on a bench on the outbound side, where he was eating some food, at least until the officers detained him and brought him to the woman, who identified him as the angry kicker. He was then transported to Transit Police headquarters on Southampton Street for booking on a charge of animal cruelty, police say.

Police say the dog was not seriously injured.

Innocent, etc.

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The new Florida Man.

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Quincy Center - the Methadone Mile South. Why do the acts of people with obvious issues get so much press? Kicking a service dog is essentially unthinkable, so what normal person would ever do it?

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You sound like an elitist, privileged snob. Quincy Center is booming. It has new apartment towers, restaurants and stores. Good luck finding a parking spot in the evening, so many people are coming into town now there's stiff competition. Your angst probably has more to do with classist prejudice against the old working- class Irish-Americans than reality. The surprise in this story is that the animal abuser was arrested, considering Rachel Rollins hands off approach to abusers and criminals.

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Could you provide any evidence to support your claim that Rachel Rollins is taking a hands off approach to any crimes of violence?

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And I think it's gonna be a long long time
'Till a beat down brings me round again to find
I'm not the man they think I am at home
Oh no no no I'm a Brockton Man

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In metro Boston come from all over the East coast, even from the West coast, all over New England and MA.They come to Quincy, Boston, Cambridge because the welcome mat is put out. Very simple.

I live in Quincy. 99% of the homeless young druggies and the mentally ill are not from Quincy, or Boston.

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... How?

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That's one way I know. I also know people who where homeless. I also grew up 'lower class' in what most people would consider rough big city neighborhoods.

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A top issue in MA and the country as a whole?

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Why isn't overall healthcare reform (meaning both physical and mental) reform a top issue here in the Bay State and the United States, as a whole?

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What I can't understand is why do you and yours try to change the direction of a discussion automatically to Politics

I know that you hate the President and you also appear to hate the tens of millions of people who think that the President is a "Breath of Fresh Air" among the Dismal Swamp Emanations of the Politics as Usual

However -- the issue of Help for the Mentally Ill and especially those who are on the streets is an issue of Humanity and Humaneness -- these people through no fault of their own are incompatible with Civil Society.

You and yours purport to be Scientiphiles -- everything is all about Science -- Well the science is in on Mental Illness -- Some Percentage of Humanity is Congenitally Mentally Ill -- and to date we have no real way of fixing the problems [i.e. Cure]. What we have is some tools for treating the symptoms. In many cases this has to happen under controlled conditions -- generally incompatible with the patient being a participant in open Civil Society.

So let's agree to Drop the Politics.
We won't blame Michael Dukakis for closing the Mental Hospitals and letting the Inmates out onto the Streets -- if you stop tying Mentally Ill People doing what Mentally Ill People do when they are not under medical care to the Policies of the Current Administration and its Supporters.

Let's get together and admit that the Great Social Experiment of Mixing the Profoundly Mentally Ill with Civil Society has failed for the vast majority of the patients who are out On the Street. Let's get State Legislatures and if necessary Congress to fix the laws so that the Profoundly Mentally Ill wandering on the streets can be given "Permanent Places of Support" -- at least until or if Medical Science finds a Cure.

Taking the Profoundly Mental Ill Off the Streets will reduce a whole lot of the problems from the very serious:

Homelessness, open injection of "Hard Drugs," loose needles, spread of infectious disease, assaults

to the annoying:
small-scale non-violent street crime, vandalism, animal abuse, human waste on the sidewalks, etc.

Everyone will be better off

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Going by your use of capitalization, quotes, bolding, etc I think you yourself may be mentally ill.

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What I can't understand is why do you and yours try to change the direction of a discussion automatically to Politics

Maybe because politics (no initial cap needed) has a lot to do with people not getting healthcare -- and, not so incidentally, to why certain individuals use terms like "you and yours" to refer to a single person in a discussion. Why don't you just go with "you people"? It's clearly more in your comfort zone.

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Interesting discussion on Beat the Press last night about how the handful of respectable news organizations who were still posting arrest mugshots of individuals (who hadn't been convicted of a crime) are now rethinking their clickbait strategies.

https://www.wgbh.org/news/national-news/2020/02/14/news-orgs-rethink-usi...

Of course there's a whole other category of websites such as this one - they continue to go low.

So let's all revel in the pathos of this man and his mental illness. Hahaha, Quincy!!!

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I appreciate the mug shots, my neighborhood has been overrun with guys like this since the mayor's successful campaign to manage the homeless mentally ill population - if one the guys regularly milling around my block has kicked a dog in the head I would like to know about so I can cross the street safely. The fact that he has not been charged doesn't mean they didn't get the right guy.

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Done.

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Not all people who are mentally ill are violent. Also, mental illness does not excuse violence.

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Is a haven for desperate and dangerous souls in need of drug treatment and mental care. As the frigid temperatures return the station overnight services hundreds of homeless seeking shelter. Pretty soon major construction will begin on the new tower and the police will be ordered to evict the desperate souls seeking shelter.

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Not looking so honest these days.

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And sane.

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Here's hoping that he gets tried for and charged with his crimes, and gets put behind bars for awhile.

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From one news report?

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The attitude that we can arrest and imprison people out of their mental illnesses and cognitive disabilities.

It clearly does not work.

This guy looks like he may have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, judging from his classic facial features. If so, he may be entirely unable to control his behavior, and yet he isn't going to improve at all with imprisonment.

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If so, he may be entirely unable to control his behavior, and yet he isn't going to improve at all with imprisonment.

Assuming he is guilty as charged... The question is not whether imprisonment would improve his behavior, it is whether imprisonment protects the rest of us from his behavior, which it clearly does. I am not interested in punitive justice here, I just want a secure physical barrier between him and me. His side of the barrier can be comfortable and well provided with services, but the barrier needs to be in place.

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He and his girlfriend are regular panhandlers in Dorchester. I don't know if he's a bad guy or not but he definitely has problems with drugs and mental illness.

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I remember seeing him around in Dot many years ago. Always asking for change or cigarettes. He is quite scary looking so I just started crossing the street when I saw him out.

That's awful if he did that, but it does sound like something he'd do. Glad the dog's ok.

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