Police Kill Dog While Arresting Its Owner; Video Goes Viral
A video that depicts police in Hawthorne, Calif., shooting and killing a dog as they arrested a man Sunday for allegedly causing a disturbance at the scene of an armed robbery has gone viral on YouTube.
The video has received more than 746,000 views as of Tuesday afternoon and shows four police cars parked at the scene of an armed robbery. A man accompanied by a leashed dog that looks like a Rottweiler is shown holding up his cell phone to record police as they stand on a sidewalk in the residential neighborhood.
Police approach the man, who leads his dog back into his car. The man stands a few feet away from his car on the sidewalk, where officers place him in handcuffs.
As they start to lead him away, the dog jumps out the car window and rushes toward police.
Police attempt to shoo the dog away, but when the animal doesn't leave, an officer shoots it multiple times, killing it.
According to local news website Daily Breeze, Leon Rosby is the man who was placed in handcuffs.
Rosby was driving through the area, then parked and got out of his car to record police at the scene of the armed robbery, the site reported.
Hawthorne police Ltd. Scott Swain said that he asked Rosby to turn down the music in his parked car because it was interfering with the police work.
"It's distracting the officers," Swain told Daily Breeze. "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.”
Rosby admitted to ignoring the police order to turn down the music but still felt the officers had no right to shoot his dog. He told the Daily Breeze he believed his arrest was related to both of his previous convictions for resisting arrest, battery, and driving under the influence. He also previously filed a lawsuit against the department related to a domestic violence dispute.