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Cops arrest California man for filming them and then kill his dog

Published time: July 02, 2013 17:32
Edited time: July 02, 2013 18:43
source: http://rt.com/usa/california-police-kill-dog-557/


An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on June 30, 2013 by user@gabriel martinez

California police on Sunday arrested a man for playing music and videotaping them, and then fatally shot his pet dog after the animal jumped from an open car window.

Police arrested Leon Rosby, 52, near the scene of a SWAT barricade in Hawthorne, California. Officers were responding to an armed robbery, and claimed Rosby was disturbing the crime scene by playing loud music and videotaping the showdown with his cell phone.

“They had asked me why am I there?” Rosby later told NBC4. “And I said I was filming them so that no one’s civil rights were being violated.”

Cell phone video from a witness shows Rosby walking his dog while watching the police response to the robbery. The Usher song “Tell Me Again” was playing on repeat in his parked rental car, which had the windows rolled down.

Police claim that Rosby ignored their first request to turn down the music. Hawthorne police Lt. Scott Swain told the Daily Breeze that it interfered with their response to the robbery. A neighbor claims that Rosby cursed at police in response – a statement that the 52-year-old denies.


An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on June 30, 2013 by user@gabriel martinez

"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 admitted that he should have complied, but believes the police response was unnecessarily brutal. After officers arrested the suspected robber, they motioned to Rosby and told him to put the dog in his car. He complied, leaving his Rottweiler in the backseat with the windows open.

Rosby then walked toward the officers, turned and put his hands behind his back, waiting to be arrested. As the man was being handcuffed, the dog started barking loudly and jumped out of the window. While barking, the dog approached the police, and video footage shows the 130-pound animal lunging at one officer.

“I said, ‘No, Max!” Rosby told the Daily Breeze, describing his reaction to the barking dog. One police officer took out his gun and fired four shots at the dog, fatally wounding the animal. The dog writhed in pain, kicking its back legs and convulsing until it died on the street. Rosby’s knees buckled as he cried out for his dog. He later told NBC4 that his animal was not just shot, but “executed”.

"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.”

The owner says he was “crying and hollering, ‘My dog! My dog! Max! Max!”


An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on June 30, 2013 by user@gabriel martinez

Neighbors who were at the scene cried out at the sight of the dying dog, and witness Samantha Othieno told ABC7 that she is deeply disturbed by what she saw.

“I started screaming,” she said. “Now I’m traumatized. I never saw someone get shot or get killed or see anything get killed like that.”

After the dog was shot to death, Rosby was taken to the police station and spent a night in jail on suspicion of obstruction. He was released Monday morning.  He claims police were out to get him because of previous encounters with officers. Rosby already filed six complaints against the Hawthorne Police Department for mistreatment and racial profiling.

“There’s been a pattern of harassment against him and other African-Americans in Hawthorne,” Rosby’s attorney, Michael Gulden, told the Daily Breeze. “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.”

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Police in California receive death threats after killing man’s dog
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2013, 01:35:21 PM »
Police in California receive death threats after killing man’s dog

Published time: July 05, 2013 19:22
source: http://rt.com/usa/california-dog-shot-aftermath-712/


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The police officers caught on tape last week fatally shooting a dog in front of a crowd of people are now facing criticism and even death threats from animal lovers across the nation.

A video of last Sunday’s incident quickly went viral, directing a wave of condemnation towards the Hawthorne, California Police Department.

Three police officers were involved in the arrest of 52-year-old Leon Rosby, who they say was disturbing a crime scene by videotaping it and blasting music from his car. While apprehending the man, Rosby’s pet Rottweiler, Max, jumped out of an open car window and approached the officers while barking. One policeman shot the dog four times, causing the writhing animal to slowly bleed to death on the street.

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Since the cell phone video was posted on YouTube, the officers and their families have received threatening phone calls, emails and Facebook messages. In some cases, California residents who share the same name as the officers have mistakenly received threats. A shop in Glendale was flooded with angry phone calls because the storeowner’s name is the same as Hawthorne police spokesman Lt. Scott Swain.

“These aren’t just threats of ill-will,” Hawthorne Police Chief Robert Fager told NBC News. “These are absolutely threats to life.”

The police department issued a statement on Wednesday apologizing for the fatal shooting of the dog and the pain it inflicted upon animal lovers.  The statement garnered thousands of critical comments on the department’s website and Facebook page.

“Unfortunately, in the midst of this social media response, fallacies are being perpetuated and outright criminal threats are being made,” the police department wrote. “In the public forum of various websites, department employees have been misidentified as the officer who shot. This has led to criminal threats of harm directed not only at city employees, but also at similarly-named public citizens who just happen to live and work in our surrounding region.”

But the department’s apology did little to calm the criticism, and angry pet lovers have continued to threaten the police and condemn their actions.

“You know you’re a disgrace when people would rather see your officers dead than an innocent dog. Find a hole, crawl in it,” Facebook user Harmit Tamber wrote on the police department’s website.

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Even Anonymous, the computer hacking activist group, has commented on the issue. The group has threatened to retaliate against the Hawthorne Police Department, and on Wednesday a person wearing a Guy Fawkes mask appeared in YouTube video with a digitally altered voice to call the shooting “unacceptable” while promising to take action. A police source told the Daily Breeze that its website had been attacked on Monday, and was down for several days. It is not clear who was behind the attack, but some suspect Anonymous may have been involved.

During a July 3 press conference, the man whose dog was killed went on camera to ask people to “just calm down” and to stop threatening the families of the officers. Even though he lost his beloved pet, he insisted that “not all police officers are bad.”

But since then, the threats have continued. The three police officers involved in the incident have been pulled from street duty to avoid any confrontations with angry pet lovers.
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California man whose dog was killed by cops faces up to five years in prison

Published time: August 14, 2013 15:59
source: http://rt.com/usa/california-man-dog-killed-police-492/


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The California owner of a Rottweiler that was fatally shot by police has been charged with multiple felony counts on Tuesday, including one charge of intimidating a witness.

He is currently being held on $310,000 bail and faces up to five years in prison if convicted of the six felony counts and one misdemeanor he is charged with.

Leon Cordell Rosby, a 52-year-old man from Hawthorne, Calif., was walking his dog “Max” while watching a police response to a robbery on June 30. The California man had loud music playing from his car and was videotaping the showdown with his cell phone.

Police accused him of disturbing the crime scene, and a video of the incident quickly went viral, garnering millions of views. As three officers approached him, Rosby put his Rottweiler in his car and allowed the police to apprehend him. But while he was being arrested, the dog jumped from an open car window, ran toward the officers and barked at them. One policeman shot the dog four times, causing the writhing Rottweiler to slowly bleed to death on the street. Rosby’s knees buckled as he cried out for the dying animal.

“There was no way Max should have died like that,” he later told NBC4, describing the shooting as an “execution”.

The incident outraged animal lovers and animal rights activists across the country, and the Hawthorne Police Department received letters of condemnation and death threats.

In response, the police department released a second video of the incident, which showed more of the officer’s actions before he shot the dog. More of Rosby’s taunts to police could also be heard in the clip. After the release of that video, Rosby allegedly went to the home of the witness who recorded it and “verbally confronted” her and her son, police told KTLA. Now, Rosby is facing additional charges for his reaction, and is being held until his court date.

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Despite the public outcry against the actions of the officers, Rosby was on Tuesday charged with two counts of intimidating a witness, two counts of dissuading a witness from prosecuting a crime, and two counts of making criminal threats – all six of which are felonies. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.

Mark Geragos, the attorney representing Rosby, told KTLA that police are trying to cover up the fact that they killed the Rottweiler by instead focusing on the wrongdoings of the defendant.

“The videos have shown that these cops killed this dog for absolutely no reason,” Geragos said. “That’s precisely why the cops now are scrambling to try to get him convicted, get him into custody and do anything else in order to try and turn the spotlight away from their actions.”

Rosby pleaded not guilty to all of the charges against him and is due back at the Los Angeles Airport Courthouse on Sept. 10.
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