A video posted yesterday on YouTube shows the grisly shooting of a dog by a police officer in Hawthorne, California.
The 130-pound, 3-year-old Rottweiler named Max was shot to death after he escaped through a window in a parked car and ran over to his master, Leon Rosby, who was being arrested for filming the scene on his phone.
He is seen filming the scene in order ‘to make sure nobody’s civil rights were being violated,’ he told DailyBreeze.com.
Rosby is then seen talking to a pair of police officers in the distance.
Hawthorne Police Lt Scott Swain said that officers were warning Rosby to turn down the music in his car.
‘It’s distracting the officers. It’s interfering with what they are able to hear,’ Lt Swain said. ‘It’s not just a party call. It’s an armed robbery call. The officers need to hear what’s going on with the people being called out of the residence. That music in his car is bleeding over and it’s distracting them.’
A neighbor who witnessed the event said they heard Rosby yell ‘It’s my (expletive) radio!’ to officers.
But Rosby said that didn’t happen because as a Christian he doesn’t swear.
‘I do apologize if I didn’t immediately comply,’ Rosby said. ‘The music may have been a little loud but I was complying.’
Eventually the two officers start walking towards Rosby, who puts Max into his car where the windows are rolled down. Rosby seems to calmly walk over to the officers and turn around, volunteering himself for arrest.
As the officers put handcuffs on Rosby, the dog starts barking and manages to jump out of the car. Another police officer comes over and looks like he’s trying to grab the leash when the dog jumps up and the officer shoots him several times
‘He literally killed my puppy I had since he was 6 weeks old,’ Rosby said.
In the video, Rosby is noticeably upset.
‘I was crying and hollering, “My dog! Max! Max!”’
Rosby doesn’t understand why police didn’t let him go to properly secure his dog, or why they continued to arrest him after he put the dog in the car - a sign that he was leaving.
‘There was no way Max should have died like that,’ Rosby said. ‘Max was only protecting his master. He was trying to stop them from beating on me.’
‘All he did was love me,’ he added.
Lt Swain, however, alleges that the officers were also looking out for Rosby.
‘I know it’s the dog’s master, and more than likely not going to attack him, (but) we’ve got a guy handcuffed that’s kind of defenseless. We have a duty to defend him too,’ Swain said.
Rosby was held overnight in jail on suspicion of obstruction of justice and released at 5 AM the next day.
Rosby says that police would not return his dog’s body to him.
His attorney Michael Gulden says that Rosby is planning on filing a lawsuit against the Hawthorne Police Department.
Apparently this isn’t the first time that Rosby has had issues with the local police. His prior record includes convictions for resisting arrest, battery and driving under the influence. Rosby, a black man, has filed six complaints alleging mistreatment and racial profiling by the Hawthorn Police.
‘There’s been a pattern of harassment against him and other African-Americans in Hawthorne. Last July, the police responded to his home and beat him unnecessarily, then threw him in jail for no reason. We sued for that. We’ll amend that complaint to include the dog incident,’ Gulden said.
adoptpets: Horrible! This little boy cop just couldn’t wait to fire his gun. The dog even at one point cowers because he’s afraid of what’s going on, and it’s not until the officer tries to grab the dog, which wasn’t the thing to do, when his owner was right there, that the dog starts to lunge at him. The officers should have asked the owner to calm the dog down, or they could have used pepper spray or at the most a taser. Then the officer had to keep shooting even once the dog was down.
Also, when did it become illegal to video tape the cops? Granted the guy was acting like kind of a punk and the music was distracting & it seemed like a tense situation in a rougher part of the neighborhood. That being said, what this guy did didn’t deserve an arrest. I don’t think he was obstructing justice. And the little boy cop overreacted & killed that poor dog. That cop should not be carrying a gun. Fire him!