In this shocking video out of Hawthorne, 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 to rescue his loving master.
The dog is seen flailing around as his life is drained from him thanks to the officers’ actions. “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”.
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 an exchange with nearby officers, Rosby is heard saying the words, “civil rights violation” before returning the dog to his vehicle. As officers begin to proceed toward Rosby, he also begins walking in the direction of the officers and is then taken into custody without any further exchange.
Attorney Michael Gulden said his client Leon Rosby was watching and taking video of the Hawthorne SWAT team when police claimed Rosby was obstructing officers during the barricade. Rosby is seen in video footage walking with the dog – which appeared to be a Rottweiler – near several patrol cars to capture the scene on his phone. 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.”
It should be noted filming police is entirely legal, the cops falsely charged the man with “obstruction” as a pretext to falsely arrest him, therefore it’s irrelevant the dog threatened the officers, as the cops consciously and cynically chose to commit a false arrest because they didn’t feel comfortable with him videotaping.
While Rosby is handcuffed, the dog is seen escaping from the vehicle through an open rear window and then approaching the officers while barking. This is when the cop mercilessly killed the loving pet of the man they arrested showing that they are no match to be cops as they do not know how to handle such a petite situation.