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Hackers Threaten Police After Dog Shooting, Protesters Gather

July 08, 2013  | 

Screenshot via YouTube.
Screenshot via YouTube.
Protesters gathered in front of the Hawthorne (Calif.) Police headquarters Saturday amid threats to the department stemming from the fatal shooting of a Rottweiler during an arrest.

About 100 people gathered at the station and chanted. Several told the Los Angeles Times that officers went too far when they shot Leon Rosby's 80-pound Rottweiler Max during a June 30 arrest. The dog lunged at officers, who were arresting Rosby for disrupting a police operation. An officer shot and killed the dog.

The Hawthorne PD initially pulled the three officers involved in the incident from patrol duties after receiving threats. They have since returned to patrol after being reassigned. Rosby, 52, held a press conference Wednesday and said the threats need to stop, reports NBC Los Angeles.

"Just calm down," Rosby said. "Stop threatening them and their families. All police officers are not bad."

The hacker group Anonymous also threatened the agency in a video posted to YouTube. In the video, a masked member of the group says, "Hello fellow citizens of Earth. We are 'Anonymous.' Police of Hawthorne, you should know you are our primary target. This matter will not remain unresolved. We are 'Anonymous.' We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us."

As a result of the threat, the agency has been bolstering its IT infrastructure, reports CBS Los Angeles.

Comments (14)

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Ricky @ 7/8/2013 11:09 AM

Get over it!Threatening families over a mutt?

Troop @ 7/8/2013 1:50 PM

Looking for any reason to go wild. 1/3 of US working age citizens on food stamps and people are worried about a dog.

John @ 7/8/2013 5:22 PM

You cannot hid eno matter who you even if FEDs placed you on the best know witness protection they can hunt you down just by you actions and connections even thourgh you cell had better make amend GESTAPO these people can find anybody and do anything even wipe you lives off the known system over and over and are lucky they are mostly WHITE HATS?

Pete @ 7/8/2013 9:06 PM

I don't know how going after an agency would achieve anything, except to make it worse for everyone else if it impeded LEO's from doing their jobs. If anyone were to go after an officer or officers or their families then I don't see how Hawthorne PD, the State of California and possibly a Federal Agency wouldn't move heaven and earth to take them down. Ultimately it was just a dog, an aggressive dog, that would be fine if the owner hadn't attempted to disrupt an active call. If anyone should be held accountable for getting the dog shot it should be Rosby.

Nichole @ 7/9/2013 4:20 AM

I am proud of Max's owner for standing up after a tragedy and getting people to back off. It was his dog and even he's acting more mature than the majority of the public. It was unfortunate what happened, and probably not necessary (ok, it wasn't necessary at all), but lets face it. Most people are AFRAID of Rotties, and other big dogs. And the officer may have been terrified of the Max. In a split second, things could've gone bad.

You can't look at the "well he was a good dog" "he was a nice dog, never hurt anybody". The fact of the matter is, they didn't know, were probably afraid, and Max did look a bit agressive. Those of us who have owned Rotties recognize that behavior as playful, if a bit menacing. But again, NOT EVERYONE KNOWS THAT.

It's a tragedy. The best thing in my opinion? Have the officer that shot the dog apologize to Mr. Rosby publicly and have that be the end of it.

Mike @ 7/9/2013 5:29 AM

I have a question. Does anyone know what the %[email protected]& “John” is talking about?

t murphy @ 7/9/2013 6:03 AM

Mike, it's funny you say that because I read it but it was almost like 'white noise'. I read right past John's cell phone auto correct garble. I had to go back and read it again. I wish I didn't.

Dave @ 7/9/2013 8:07 AM

It's nice that Rosby "gets it" now that his dog is dead, and officers are being blamed for protecting themselves. Nichole, I've owned 2 Rotts, thats wasn't "playful behavior" he was protecting his master. I've watched the video several times. While the officers might have tried other tactics, the owner of the dog wanted to get arrested, and HE caused the problem. HE got his dog killed. I didn't see anyone on the arrest team wearing a Taser, and from experience, OC doesn't always work on large dogs. As far as John's comments,,,,,don't drink while posting dude.

tedb @ 7/9/2013 8:19 AM

"John" is not only a moron...he's also illiterate. That's what comes from spending your life tweeting and texting, you never learn the rules of English.

Leroy Jefferson @ 7/9/2013 9:40 AM

You can second guess the incident but the fact remains that at the time of shooting the officer was reasonably in fear of great bodily injury and acted reasonably. In fact, acted with restraint; plenty of officers and civilians would probably have gone to slide lock.

pup @ 7/9/2013 10:12 AM

I agree with Dave. As I said several times, it was "Rosby" who started the entire incident. He knew what he was doing. He provoked the officers and left the windows down knowing darn well "Max" would jump out of the car. "Rosby" is the guy who killed his dog. Could the officers handled the incident differently? Most likely yes. The bottom line is, put blame where on the person who started the mess, "Rosby". However, "cop haters" and "blacks using their skin color" to make money off of law enforcement will never accept the truth. There was no reason for Rosby to do what he did. It was all caught on video. I'm a dog lover (not a cop hater), and I blame the owner for the entire incident.

Greg @ 7/10/2013 4:35 AM

The problem is not this one's a recurring problem with police shooting dogs...lots of dogs. Dogs shot when officers go to the wrong house, dogs on porches, in houses...non-aggressive dogs. It wasn't this one dog (although some groups need to excuse to hate the police)...I believe it's an epidemic of dead dogs who weren't a threat to anyone...e.g. the man arrested because he wouldn't let the police use his home to spy on the neighbors...door broken down and his dog shot by pepper balls while it cowered in the corner and then locked out side with no water or shade. People love their dogs and we're sure coming across as hating them.

Allie @ 7/14/2013 4:02 PM

About 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs—about one every 11 seconds—are put down in U.S. shelters each year. There- protest that- it will give you all something useful to do.

amdruid @ 10/14/2013 4:40 PM

No- the police were wrong. Standing well back and out of the way, Rosby filmed a police raid. Explain exactly how that DISRUPTED the two policemen who slowly approached, from nearly 20 yards away, to cuff him - for filming.He was not shouting, rallying the crowd, or crossing the barrier- he was simpky filming the police doing their job.They took it upon themselves to divert attention from the job at hand to cuff him - for filming. If they were completely confident in their police work, why lose focus on the raid to hassle with a citizen, who had NOT crossed barriers, shouted, incited a riot - he was merely filming. They should have continued to monitor - perhaps asked him to secure dog with windows up, in case the raid went sour - but he's perfectly within his rights to FILM - we all are.

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