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Video Shows Hawthorne Police Arresting Man, Killing His Dog

A video making the rounds this evening allegedly depicts California man Leon Rosby being arrested yesterday before police shot his dog to death as he and other civilians looked on in horror. According to Rosby's attorney, Michael Gulden, Rosby was simply videotaping a police action in his Hawthorne neighborhood when cops approached him to arrest him for "obstructing an investigation," a charge Gulden calls "ridiculous." "[H]e was driving by and noticed the police activity and stopped to watch," Gulden told me in an email, "as is common when this type of activity is going on in any neighborhood."

The Daily Breeze reports that the music playing in Rosby's car may have been what initially motivated police, who were on an armed robbery call, to confront him:

As some, including resident Gabriel Martinez, aimed their cellphones at the scene to record it, Rosby drove up in his rented black Mazda. [Police spokesperson Scott] Swain said Rosby stopped in the intersection with music blaring from his windows. Officers told him to turn down the music because they were trying to hear what was happening down the street. Rosby pulled forward, parked and got out with his dog, but left the music still playing loudly.

"It's distracting the officers," Swain said. "It's interfering with what they are able to hear. 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." Rosby admits that he didn't turn down his music at the officers' requests, telling the Daily Breeze, "I do apologize if I didn't immediately comply. The music may have been a little loud but I was complying. I said, 'Sir, I want to make sure nobody's civil rights were being violated.'"

After recording with his smartphone for a couple minutes, Rosby is seen in eyewitness video putting his dog, Max, into his car as two officers approach him. Rosby in turn approaches the officers and looks to submit willingly to an arrest. As officers cuff Rosby, however, Max leaps from the car's rear window and lunges toward them, at which point the police shoot the animal multiple times, killing it.

Gulden says Rosby, who has previously made a formal complaint about the Hawthorne Police Department using racial profiling, spent the night in jail and had his phone confiscated. Gulden adds that Rosby and his family are “very, very upset" about Max's death.

An interesting wrinkle to this story is that Rosby is already a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed in March that accuses the Hawthorne Police Department of excessive force. That suit, which is published below, stems from an incident in July of last year in which police responded to a domestic dispute at Rosby’s home and, according to Gulden, attacked him without reason. Gulden says all the charges against Rosby in that case have since been dropped. He now plans to amend Rosby's first suit to include yesterday’s incident.

Multiple requests to the Hawthorne Police Department for comment went unreturned.

by Anonymousreply 1707/03/2013

The dog did not deserve to be shot.

by Anonymousreply 207/02/2013

Cook the fucking cops.

by Anonymousreply 307/02/2013

I don't recommend anyone watching the video, because its hard to watch the dog getting shot, and in pain. It seems that the dog was trying to protect its owner. But, cops will shoot other dogs if they are attacked...especially Pitbulls.

by Anonymousreply 407/02/2013

Just as an aside, my pics and videos upload immediately to cloud based storage. This way anything I get can't be deleted, even if my phone is taken.

by Anonymousreply 507/02/2013

You don't have to upload it, r5.

by Anonymousreply 607/02/2013

What do you mean, R6?

by Anonymousreply 707/03/2013

You know, a phone can be taken by the cops and "disappear." It happens.

by Anonymousreply 807/03/2013

I really wish I would have read r4 before clicking on the link.

by Anonymousreply 907/03/2013

What kind of dog was it? I don't want to watch the video.

by Anonymousreply 1007/03/2013

r10 It was a Rottweiler. And the guy was being an asshole. He drove up, "bumpin'" his music at an obnoxiously loud level, gets out of his car, with the dog (what was the point of taking the dog out of the car?!), strutting around with it. He could have stood over with the other 40 or so spectators with camera phones and gotten his "footage", but he had to make it all about him, walking around in front of their cameras to make sure he was in the shot.

Note to attention whores: if your dog shows up on several "restricted breed" lists, better make sure it's secured in the presence of the police. They will consider it a weapon.

by Anonymousreply 1107/03/2013

No sympathy for the egomaniac; the dog gets some.

by Anonymousreply 1207/03/2013

While I really feel for the dog, who was innocent in all of this and did not die an easy death, his owner doesn't seem to show much,if any, remorse in the post incident interview.

As usual, though, another case of police totally over reacting and likely never to pay the consequences.

by Anonymousreply 1307/03/2013

An officer killed a dog in Austin a few weeks ago too. These officers are out of control.

Thank God I live in a state where there's no danger of getting my guns taken away. I never want to be defenseless against anybody, including police officers.

by Anonymousreply 1407/03/2013

I feel bad for the poor dog, but not the owner. The owner was trying to show-off, and act big in front of the cops...he had no business walking the dog in front of the cops with loud music playing. The idiot owner should have kept the dog in the car, so he couldn't escape. Very stupid move.

by Anonymousreply 1507/03/2013

Female cop kills man in Sacramento

by Anonymousreply 1607/03/2013

My GAWD, r16! That's police brutality, what a sadistic woman.

by Anonymousreply 1707/03/2013
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