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Windham Police Department Officer Ernest MacVane's takedown of cows gets clicks, laughs

Posted at 1:46 PM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-02 13:48:25-04

WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — A Maine police officer's intervention in a possible "mad cow" situation is getting guffaws.

Officer Ernest MacVane of the Windham Police Department was responding to two young cows that escaped and wandered onto a road late last week. He says he made a cellphone video of an attempted arrest of the cows for his 10-year-old son and fellow officers, but it went viral after the department posted it on Facebook.

On the video, MacVane warns the bovines after they attempt to flee, "Don't run from me — I'm the police!" He also tells them, "Down on the ground, stop resisting!"

MacVane says he hopes the video gives people a laugh and puts a human face on police officers after unrest caused by fatal police shootings and officers being targeted this summer.