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3 Officers Taken Off Street After Dog Shooting

July 05, 2013  | 

Three Hawthorne (Calif.) Police officers appearing in a video in which one shoots and kills a dog as they arrested its owner were pulled from street duty on Wednesday following numerous death threats against them and their families, police said.

The decision to assign the officers to duties within the station for their safety followed an inundation of threats over the telephone, on Facebook and in emails, Hawthorne police Lt. Scott Swain said.

The vitriol followed the Sunday incident at 137th Street and Jefferson Avenue during which the Rottweiler was shot after lunging at the officers. The dog had reacted aggressively after officers handcuffed its owner, Leon Rosby of Hawthorne, for allegedly causing a disturbance toward the end of a nearly two-hour police operation to arrest a suspected robber holed up in a house.

Read the full Daily Breeze story.

Tags: Animals Gone Wild, Hawthorne (Calif.) PD, Threats to Officers, Hawthorne Dog Shooting


Comments (6)

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Nicolas @ 7/6/2013 2:01 AM

Well, after expressing my outrage for this, I feel so much better now. Kinda want to take back some of the stuff I said but I don't know how to delete my comment. But anywho, yeah, I was so mad I just went all out cursing and swearing. With good reason. Who wouldn't be pissed after seeing someone shoot a dog? It literally just made my heart sink. I don't care about cursing out the cops who did this anymore. They ruined a man's life and ended a dog's. In such a case, only God can forgive them. But the people will not. This is worse than when the police jailed a boy for making a sarcastic comment in an online game as a joke. The thing is, they did not have to shoot the dog. The dog did not have to die. At the MOST EXTEME, one shot was far enough. But then the cop decided to shoot it again until it died. You CANNOT DEFEND THAT. Under ANY CASE. One shot stopped the dog. But that bastard just wanted to end him. The worst part is, he isn't even jailed for it. I just hope that this will forever stay in his conscience, if he has one. Let the guilt punish him, and the other 2 police officers. But then again, I'm sure they've done worse. Welcome to America, people.

Nichole @ 7/8/2013 4:51 AM

Wow... take a pill dude.

Jeff Wagner @ 7/8/2013 9:17 AM

@ POLICE MAG,

You think you could start maybe enforcing the below quoted from under the submit button...it gets old reading nothing but people doing exactly what you say is forbidden.

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WebEdPaul @ 7/8/2013 10:04 AM

@Jeff Thanks for the comment. We've removed several comments that contained personal attacks and profanity. Sorry about the delay. Our comment policing staff was off for the holiday weekend. If you see any other offending comments, please email paul.clinton@policemag.com. Thanks!

Jeff Wagner @ 7/9/2013 12:13 PM

Thank-you sir, will do if I see any, hope you all had a safe and happy 4th weekend.

Ima Leprechaun @ 7/18/2013 10:41 PM

Never do anything "overt" while on video. I am so glad personal video did not exist prior to 1970. Remember the big white rabbit made of steel.

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