GRAPHIC VIDEO: Hawthorne officers shoot the dog of a man being taken into custody

Jul 2, 2013

After arresting Leon Rosby, his two-year-old Rottweiler, Max, jumps out of the car. Max barks and jumps at one of the officers, and the officer shoots him four times.

A seemingly routine arrest has turned into a viral video on YouTube, and the Hawthorne Police Department are under fire for shooting a dog. According to the Hawthorne Police Department, officers were responding to an armed robbery when a dog-walking bystander, Leon Rosby, was blasting loud music from his car and filming too close to the scene. Rosby put his 80-pound two-year old Rottweiler into the car with the windows down. Then, the police peacefully took Rosby into custody. However, the Rottweiler, Max, started to bark and jumped out of the car. Max jumped at one of the officers, and the officer shot the dog four times. As the dog very graphically twitched around on the ground, neighbors screamed.

Warning: This video contains graphic content. An edited version by the NY Daily News, is seen below. For the full, unedited video, click here.

The Hawthorne Police Department later arrested Rosby for “Interference with Officer(s)” and is currently investigating the situation. Rosby plans on filing a lawsuit against the Hawthorne Police Department.

Are the arrest of Leon Rosby and the shooting of the Rottweiler justifiable? How should officers react when witnesses are filming police activity?

Larry Altman, crime and courts reporter for the South Bay newspaper The Daily Breeze, based in Torrance

Michael Gulden, attorney representing Leon Rosby, the owner of the rottweiler (Max) shot by Hawthorne PD on Sunday afternoon

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