Meanwhile 90,000 sign petition calling for officers involved to be arrested
By Mary Noble
Three police officers in Hawthorne, Calif., have been taken off duty after receiving numerous death threats from outraged dog lovers. The officers were caught on video fatally shooting Max the Rottweiler while arresting his owner, Leon Rosby.
The officers were taken off duty for their own safety, according to a police spokesperson.
The police department claims that shooting the dog was necessary to protect Rosby, who has filed a complaint against the department over the killing of his dog.
Police Lt Scott Swain actually claims the police were protecting Rosby, 52, from his own dog. “I know it’s the dog’s master, and more than likely not going to attack him, (but) we’ve got a guy handcuffed that’s kind of defenseless. We have a duty to defend him too,” he told the Daily Mail.
Rosby’s petition, which calls for the officers involved to be arrested and prosecuted, has already received nearly 90,000 signatures.
If you haven’t already seen the video, be warned that it is disturbing.
The video below appears to show the Hawthorne police officers fatally shooting the dog while they arrest Rosby for obstructing justice.
The video shows Rosby begin filming what looks like a police barricade or stakeout. After a few moments, police arrested him for “obstructing justice” by playing loud music from his car and distracting the police while they investigated an armed robbery.
While cops were handcuffing Rosby, his dog jumped out of his car through an open window and ran towards him. A policemen fired several shots at the dog, killing him.
“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.”
“All he did was love me,” he added.
You can watch the incident on video below, which was uploaded to YouTube on Sunday. Be advised that the content is upsetting.
Rosby’s attorney Michael Gulden said his client will sue the police department. This wouldn’t be the police department’s first lawsuit from Rosby. “Last July, the police responded to his home and beat him unnecessarily, then threw him in jail for no reason. We sued for that,” Gulden said. Rosby also has prior convictions for resisting arrest, battery, and driving under the influence, according to the Daily Mail. He has filed six complaints of mistreatment and racial profiling by the Hawthorn Police department.
Via the Daily Mail.