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Calif. Officer Shoots Lunging Dog


A Hawthorne (Calif.) Police officer shot and killed a Rottweiler after the dog lunged at a fellow officer who was arresting his master. Warning: This video contains graphic content. Read the full story here.

July 02, 2013
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Tags: Hawthorne (Calif.) PD, Citizen Video, Hawthorne Dog Shooting


Comments (70)

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Blake Hutchins @ 7/2/2013 11:24 AM

I recognize that there was a threat to the officers, but that was handled very poorly. Both arresting officers knew the man had a large rottweiler in his car with the windows down, they could have walked him away from the dog a little before this went down. They could have deployed a tazer, or OC, etc. Every officer knows that rottweilers are a protective breed, there was no need for this to happen. The poor dog was just taking care of his people, it isn't the dogs fault that the owner was apparently a criminal. I do not see why the officers made contact with this man in the first place however. The whole thing seems like an unnecessary escalation.

CE @ 7/2/2013 11:33 AM

And what law had that man broken? I've had video of me taken, man simple walking the dog, and now his dog is dead- killed in front of citizens. Great way for people to like the cops.

Dianne Tritschler @ 7/2/2013 11:41 AM

Handled very very badly .... No need cops should have arrested the owner after the dog was secure owner didn't look as if he was resisting arrest also dog went down and officer continued to fire on the animal

Dawg @ 7/2/2013 12:01 PM

That was totally uncalled for. the officers did not bother to use common sense...and someone's family pet pays the price. That oficer needs to be relieved and retrained. Ridiculous. Makes me cringe to think these are our "PEACE" officers.

David Presson @ 7/2/2013 12:05 PM

It could have been handled better. Firing at the dog put people at risk.

ralph ream @ 7/2/2013 12:25 PM

the dam fuck did not have shoot the dog let someone shoot his fucking pet should have let that guy put his dog back in the car put no the guy is GUN HAPPY

News Stringer @ 7/2/2013 12:58 PM

As somebody who makes a living filming police incidents for the news, this outrages me. More than just the dog getting shot, from the video it appears that the officers were upset that the dog owner was taking their pictures/filming. This is a problem everywhere now. Police need to understand that damned near everybody has a camera on them, and they will be getting their picture taken while working. My city has made it very clear to officers that this will happen, and as long as the person is not interfering or a threat to their job, its our right to film. I can say that the dog owner may have been annoying, but he didn't approach their scene. He stayed behind the police cars, where I would have been shooting from if I were there. If the police didn't want people there because of the situation, then they should have used their "free time" to string tape, instead of arresting somebody because he was annoying them. I understand why they shot the dog, it was a threat, but the officers put themselves in a situation where they had to use force against the dog. Cops are taught to look at situations better than this. Dude has an 80lb dog in a car with open windows... Tell the guy to leave or Tell the guy to secure the dog. This could have been avoided, but it's pretty clear the officers had a point to make with this guy, and didn't think his 80lb protective-breed dog would come to the rescue of his master. Bad Cop... No Doughnut.

JoJo @ 7/2/2013 3:15 PM

What a bunch of idiots. A dog tries to bite you, you shoot it. Maybe the moron shouldn't have stayed and gotten himself arrested.

Regular Joe @ 7/2/2013 3:16 PM

News stringer and David Pressin I'll be sure to allow any dog to continue to bite you if we ever encounter each other, for the safety of the dog of course. Oh you disagree? Apparently only cops should be bitten. Call your local thug when you need help since you hate the police so much and think you could do everything better.

J.Brown @ 7/2/2013 3:29 PM

Possibly more to this than meets the eye. Everyone with a camera is hoping for a million dollar shot of "police improprieties". Firing around a crowd is always a high risk event, judgement is a split second thing. Friend of mine has been mauled by a dog and the results are less than pleasant.
Dog owner could have secured his dog more properly by rolling the windows up.
Unpleasant to see the animal die as well.

westcoastleo @ 7/2/2013 3:33 PM

Years ago people would stay far away from the police as they conducted business but now days it's, "lets all get into the mix". It appears that this idiot stopped just to get his snaps of the incident. You can tell this by the car as it was parked with windows down. he should have kept the dog in the car windows up as he took the photos that he loved of the coppers doing the job. It could all have been avioded by the OWNER OF THE DOW IF HE JUST KEPT GOING OR KEPT THE DOG IN THE CAR WITH THE WINDOWS UP WHEN HE FIRST STOPPED. Now,, it cost him his lil pal and for you idiots out there who ask what this guy did wrong? He interfeared in the duties of the officers who were watching the suspects who were sitting on the curb. He was also taking photos of them people who were obviously involved in this incident. So, shut the hell up and move on you stupid nerds...

S Michael DeHart @ 7/2/2013 3:36 PM

First of all, what law had this individual broken?? Video/filming a totally separate incident, I cannot see where he had done anything wrong, unless we now live in a police state. On the other hand, the individual had every chance to leave, but decided to hang around. Was he wanting to be arrested for something?? I think that there are several questions that need to be answered before passing judgement on both parties.

Don B @ 7/2/2013 3:37 PM

As a former LEO, I can tell you that this is all wrong by the local yokels there. The two had no control over the scene and they caused the problem. Both should get 30 days minnimum off with out pay! There was no obvious reason for the arrest.

Bluevixen @ 7/2/2013 3:59 PM

I'm sorry but unless I am watching a different video than the one the majority of these comments are coming from, I don't see how such "matter-of-fact" statements can be made. For example, I cannot hear any conversations except for the individuals filming the video. At one point I do hear them repeat what the arrested man allegedly said to the officers, "why aren't there any black officers here?" And I heard the arrested man say "it's a violation of civil rights." However, the video does not show us the purpose for that many officers being present on scene; but it would be safe to surmise that they are there to either execute a search warrant and/or an arrest warrant. Now it appears that after some conferring they decided to call the man over and without hesitation he "assumed the position." Now this man knows the behavior of his dog, these officers don't and their job does not require them to be an expert on certain breeds of dogs behavior; so therefore if he was "securing" his dog in his vehicle, then he should have rolled the windows up to prevent the dog from escaping or he should have locked the leash in the door when he put the dog in the car. What if it wasn't a police officer the dog went after but a child passing by or another adult and the dog "assumed" they were intent on harming his master? Besides if the man was concerned about his dog being shot by the officers, when the "film crew" yelled "watch out" why didn't he give the dog a command to retreat? If anyone in this situation is to blame for the dog being shot it is the owner of the dog. Now whether or not the officer shot more times than necessary that is for the investigation to determine.

Dan @ 7/2/2013 4:00 PM

Ok. Clearly, this wonderful "citizen" was doing everything he could to get himself arrested. It would be nice to hear what he was saying to the officers that made them approach. And the "citizen" knew he did something to provoke them because he immediately turns around and places his hands behind his back. This tells me had a plan of some sort. I heard something about "civil rights violation." He was clearly trying to create a situation where he thought he could build build a case for himself to file a worthless lawsuit. Now, with that said, the dog came out of the car. There was 13 seconds from the time the dog was out until shots fired. They could have sprayed the dog with that much time. If the dog continues to attack, then use lethal force. YOU NEVER TASE a dog!!! Because unlike a person who will comply and give up after a few cycles, a dog will immediately be violent as soon as the 5 second cycle ends. The dog will not sit still and behave if it gets TASED.

pup @ 7/2/2013 4:15 PM

As a ex handler, I first will say the POS was the first to start the incident. He caused the effects of the incident and the lost of his K9. As for Yagman, he's in prison where most likely he was your cell mate. As for the officers, the situation could have been handled in a different manner. The dog didn't become aggressive until the officer reached to either grab the lead or the dogs collar. I don't know what his intent was at the time. The officers should have put the POS into the radio car with a rear guard protecting officers in the event the dog became agressive.
However, the incident turned out bad becuase of the POS and the rest of you idiots caused LE to be put into this type of situation. Why didn't you bystanders tell the guy to roll up his windows? Why didn't you tell the POS to get in his car and leave? Why didn't you idiots tell the POS to back off and let the officers do their job without and not start trouble. Did you idiots know this POS has had incidents with LE and been a constant problem? Did you know the POS threathen the officers in the past with his dog? Of course not. All of you are just as much the blame. You're just as stupid as the POS. Now, instead of harrassing cops, get a job, stop living off tax payers and mind your own business.

Dan @ 7/2/2013 4:17 PM

Additionally, I do not believe the officers were offended by the "citizen" filming them. In a few shots, the guys filming with their cell zoom out. You can clearly see there are three people filming the scene. The "citizen", the two guys, and a third male who appears on the far left of the incident, well out of the way. The officers could have put up yellow tape, but like it was said early, if this was a search warrant/arrest warrant, my department does not set up yellow tape for service of warrant. Something happened where the "citizen" knew he was going to be contacted by the officers, so he put his dog away, walked toward the officers, and then turned around and put his hands behind his back. I was actually waiting for resistance. "Why you arresting me? What did I do. Get you hands off me. I'm innocent." this is what I was expecting. Or maybe this guy was the ideal "citizen" and knew it is the law to comply with LEO orders, who knows. Fact is, this guy clearly had an agenda, pushing the envelop with where he was walking and filming, the comments he was making in regards to race and civil rights, and putting his dog away as soon as the officers approached. I honestly believe he wanted to get arrested so he could later file a lawsuit. He just didn't think about what his dog would do when he got arrested.

DM @ 7/2/2013 5:09 PM

Officer safety is first in my department. The perp brought the issue of his dead K9 on himself. Filming the PD while they are conducting lawful business is not against the law, but he was clearly attempting to provoke a situation. He poked and he provoked. End of subject K9 due to the perps antagonistic behavior. The comments of John Q citizen and other LEOs above suggest the officers should have acted differently, walk in their shoes before throwing judgement.

Joe @ 7/2/2013 5:20 PM

As a cop that arrest was f***ing stupid. What because he said something to the cop holding the rifle that he didn't like. When your in their neighborhoods your going to encounter this by the people who live there. As for the ass**** who shot the dog. Too f***en trigger happy. I've been doing this job for 19 years and that whole incident was just plain stupidand avoidable. You kill a mans dog for what, breach or interfering arrest. You can see that the suspect arrested is not a player.

Mike Floyd @ 7/2/2013 5:21 PM

Why did they arrest the man? They should have secured the dog. The dog showed no threat until the officer (should be fired or arrested) walked toward him a started shooting. All those officer there with tasers. I have been in Law Enforcement over 42 years that did not need to happen. They should do a background check on that off. look into his past, he wanted to shoot that dog. Sad

Dan @ 7/2/2013 5:24 PM

Here is a second video. As always, there is more to the story than what gets out to the media.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffwxaTpJTyI&feature=player_detailpage#t=77s

This guys stops right in the middle of the road and stares at all the officers in the street. "Hey what's going on? Maybe I'll just park right here in the middle of the street and stare. I hope I dont get shot. Oh wait, I can hear they are on a PA giving orders or commands. Let me blast my music so the officers have some jams to chill to while they try and do their job. Better yet, lemme park my car and get out and yell at these guys while they are workin'. They aren't that busy, they only have eight units here. If they were busy there would be at least 10 units."

Sounds like what any normal "citizen" would do if they saw a bunch of cops blocking the entire street, right?
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.

Dan @ 7/2/2013 5:24 PM

Rosby, 52, is seen in video footage walking with Max, his two-year-old Rottweiler, near several patrol cars to capture the scene on his phone. 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.

While Rosby is handcuffed, Max is seen escaping from the vehicle through an open rear window and then approaching the officers while barking. When one officer motions toward the animal, the dog is seen jumping up and toward the officer, at which point four shots were fired, according to Gulden. “He wasn’t just a dog,” Rosby said. “He’d lick on my face, lick on my hands.” Gulden said he plans to file a lawsuit against the Hawthorne Police Department.

Rosby has filed six previous complaints against Hawthorne police

Mike Floyd @ 7/2/2013 5:37 PM

Bad arrest, supreme court ruling. People can video in public, this guy and others were excising their rights. Police knew he had a dog in the car they should have secured the dog first. The officer walked toward the dog and started shooting. He was wrong and a coward. Write letters to the chief and council.

Eastcoastleo @ 7/2/2013 5:49 PM

The dumb cop who reached for the dog twice! Was just trigger happy flat out! The situtation could of been dealt with a lot better if they would of just told the man to leave the area. Totally uncalled for and unproffsional.

B-mo @ 7/2/2013 5:51 PM

Seriously...you say the cop is trigger happy. I've been a handler for 10 years and am quite familiar with do posturing and bite wounds. I guess you would have taken one for the team. The officer tried to introduce the back of his hand for the dog and the dog tried to bite. Give me a beeak. Also...you dont know the neighborhiod they were in and neither do I. I do know that in certain neighborhoods in my jurisdiction if you got punked, you were fighting every night. They may have needed to make the arreat. YOU WERE'NT THERE!!! You have no clue other than video. You ar only doing what most cops hate having done to them. Arm chair quarterbacking with minimal info!

Lenny @ 7/2/2013 6:08 PM

Perhaps the Lt. thought the dog was giving him "dehumanizing looks"(seems to be a problem in Florida these days)oh wait he is a dog. We should be thankful though, 30 years ago and 500 miles to the east our boys would have just shot the owner and claimed he was being uncooperative.

B-mo @ 7/2/2013 6:26 PM

Mike... You need to watch the video again. The didnt just walk up and shoot the dog!

Lou @ 7/2/2013 6:30 PM

Not totally sure why the owner was detained (other then him being parked in the red I don't really dont see a violation. and being parked in the red doesnt warrant being handcuffed)They might know something that I don't. It's sad to see the dog die like that but I rather the dog lose his life than to see that officer/father/husband/son/friend of somebody seriously injured. It look like the officer was trying to be friendly with the dog until he lunged at him. And lets be serious, if the owner was minding his business and not trying to stir things up In the first place, his dog would still be alive.

ANIMAL PROTECTION @ 7/2/2013 6:32 PM

DOES THIS MORON HAVE PEPPER SPRAY?

Getalife @ 7/2/2013 6:51 PM

Everybody has a comment after the fact...people expect officers to get shot, stabbed and bit then react. Well f#^* that. Dog is dead. It's property. The City should pay fair market value and move on.

Capt. Crunch @ 7/2/2013 7:43 PM

Unfortunately for the dog his IQ was higher than his master and thats what got the poor dog killed. The officer did the right thing it does not matter why they wanted to talk to the suspect (he the suspect) is responsible for his dog.

cop-apps.net @ 7/2/2013 8:35 PM

Poor poor dog! Those who are critical must not have a man's best friend in their life. I would be devastated if my dog was killed. But, in giving my brother's the benefit of the doubt, they are well within their rights if they made a lawful, albeit necessary, arrest. Did they tell him to get back? I saw no other people across the street with him. Did they tell him to get out of the street? Was his comments distracting police for a more important task? If so, the police were in the right. But, if he's merely exercising his First Amendment rights to have a verbal opinion and video record the police, they're in the wrong. Case and statutes addressing this: 42 U.S.C. sec. 2000 (aa) and Glik v. Cunniffe, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 17841 (1st Cir. 2011).

Bernie @ 7/2/2013 8:36 PM

Its interesting that there are 31 comments on this incident so far. When there is a video of a cop getting shot at, and returning fire, where are all the dog lovers who posted here? "Wow, that crazy guy tried to shoot the cops. Thank goodness they nailed him." Right? No, more compassion for a dog with an owner who was looking for a fight and not the cops who are trying to protect the citizens by putting their lives on the line.

cop-apps.net @ 7/2/2013 8:58 PM

I found an alternate video: http://youtu.be/ffwxaTpJTyI

Looks like they're giving commands through a loud speaker and this guy comes blasting his music and causing a distraction. He should have been arrested. His dog was just collateral damage to his own conduct.

Amazed! @ 7/2/2013 9:43 PM

Well Mr. Dog Owner, your attempt at 15min of fame cost you. But then again, you were exercising your right to video, and trying to capture something different than the other 20+ people were captioning. But then again you were the only one trying to get close to the action with ur friendly lil doggie, paying more attention to capturing a possible payday, than the fact that your actions could end badly for someone.

mjwilton @ 7/2/2013 9:54 PM

Your dog tries to bite me or my partner, one of has to take action to stop your dog's force. I never like to see an animal shot. I never like to see a pet do something stupid. If the cops are out and working.....let them do their jobs. Video all that you want. Just put your pet away, PLEASE!

cheetahgirl @ 7/2/2013 9:58 PM

I noticed in the video that the dog didn't lunge at the officer, the officer went towards the dog, that's when the dog went for him. That poor dog died for no reason. Stupid owner with his stupid phone cost him his dog's life. Moron........... Taser or something else should have been used. Bet you that cop is kicking his ass tonight. Sweet dreams officer.

mjwilton @ 7/2/2013 10:02 PM

@cop-apps.net:

It makes no difference as to why the officers detained the subject. They should have been free from assault to detain and question the subject. If the dog's master didn't have proper control, then, these cops had every right to defend themselves from an attack.

I love my dog and most dogs. However, if you can't control your dog.......

Thomas @ 7/2/2013 10:14 PM

People are saying "they're just doing their jobs" but I'm sure if this were your dog then you wouldn't have the same feelings. Plus, they could've stopped the dog without killing it. One shot to the leg wouldn't have done perfectly well, but no, let me just shoot him 4 or 5 time in the back, face, or side.

@Thomas @ 7/2/2013 10:35 PM

Thomas you're absolutely right... A shot to the leg which is roughly 2 1/2 inches in width, moving around as he's pacing back and forth and suddenly lunges toward the officer as he makes a move to grab the leash is highly probable and a very capable shot to make in a stressful scenario. You sir, must either be an incredible sharp shooter capable of near impossible shots or you watch way too much television from your couch and think the real world is all about shooting the bullet out the air with your bullet as it flies toward you. Get a grip on how real life works before you try and comment on things you obviously have no grasp on.

Ron @ 7/3/2013 12:33 AM

It seems like every city that has a law enforcement problem, also has the most bars on their windows or wrought iron fences with dogs; geeeeeeee I wonder why? Could it be they might not feel safe around their own neighbors? Bad Law enforcement policies.

me @ 7/3/2013 12:54 AM

I'll make his home address public....just give me time

Tom G. @ 7/3/2013 7:41 AM

I was a LEO for 23 years...I agree aproaching the dog was stupid, but when the dog tried to bite, the cop was justifided in shooting the damn thing...I would have done the same thing...

krisnlc @ 7/3/2013 7:55 AM

Wow... Stupid police at work. I am in law enforcement...today right now. However, this is a poorly handled situation unnecessarly escalated by the police. Although the guy was a nuisance presence, he really was not doing anything wrong, simply posing and taking pictures... but not even in a dangerous proximity. He put his dog away and walked toward the officers as instructed to do so. Why did the officers detain him?...the two officers making that decision Screwed their fellow officer with the outcome. This is a error in the "king syndrome decision", the officers think they were king at that time, and no one can do anything so lets mess with this guy since he seemingly wants to get into the mix. Even poorer decision by the officer shooting the dog...why did he not deploy his pepper spray...

and what about shooting safety...two officers immediately around the dog...as he shoots down into the dog several times hard surface, no regard or thinking through richocet??? poor police work, poor police decision, poor police response... These guys are to keep the community safe... okay.

patrol @ 7/3/2013 8:17 AM

Hey all you professionals and experts, guess what? At 3:21 the officer was trying to grab the dog's leash. How was he supposed to grab the leash, hold his gun and tase (if he had a taser) the dog? Oh whats that you say? Why the gun in hand and not a taser? Maybe because of the close proximity and the risk of his forearm getting turned into a pulled pork sandwich. I'd prefer to have my sidearm ready vs a taser, because if you miss/misfire with a taser your now getting mangled and have to drop the taser, draw your gun (still getting mangled). Let me know how this weeks episode of < insert fictitious law show where unrealistic scenarios take place, here > goes. With that being said, good job officer.

John @ 7/3/2013 11:46 AM

Forget all the Monday morning quarterbacking. The cops made a bad arrest and the dog paid for it!

Craig @ 7/3/2013 12:44 PM

As a 27 year law-enforcement officer, I am deeply embarrassed and ashamed of the actions of these officers. They created the situation, to include the incident with the dog, and now a dog who was just doing his job is dead and community confidence shredded. What if it was a person or other family member interfering with the arrest? Would they have jumped immediately to deadly physical force? The dog was not that aggressive from what I can tell from the video. This is the bullshit that ruins our support with the community. Most people cherish animals more than human beings...stupid, trigger-happy, wrong move!

AST @ 7/3/2013 1:38 PM

Rottweiler bite could be considered serious injury. Isn't lethal force justified at that point?

Lenny @ 7/3/2013 2:50 PM

The police issued a statement confirming the officer had killed the dog after it ran toward him aggressively

No Kidding!
As someone who had a morning paper route way back in the 1970's I came across more than my share of aggressive dogs.
Never once occurred to me to shoot them, yet here I am.

The Hawthorne Police Department statement continued, "Fearing that the attacking Rottweiler would imminently bite the officer(s), one officer fired his duty weapon several times, striking and killing the dog."

Not sure how you can kill a dog because it ran toward you aggressively and then fear that the attacking Rottweiler would imminently bite the officer.

I have a feeling this story is going to be rewritten many times before they find some way to hang an air freshener on it.
And by the way Commander Conelius Clusterf%*$, didn't fire his duty weapon several times striking and killing the dog.
He pulled out his gun and shot the dog, no wonder you guys justify this, you can't even say what happened.

Lt, Scott Swain told the Daily Breeze: "It looks like the officer tried to reach down and grab the leash, and then the dog lunges in the direction of him and the other officers there. And 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."

To me this is the is the biggest lie and I hope will be discussed at length as it is clear to see that as soon as the dog approached the group the officers pushed Rosby out in front of them as a shield.

das bams @ 7/3/2013 10:05 PM

sucks but in this case he was just defending himself I think I would've done the exact same thing, common people it's just a freaking dog, it's not like he shot a human or anything,there are much worse things going on around the world,damn humans open your damn eyes.

Johan @ 7/3/2013 11:32 PM

Patrol fuck of !!! He did a hasted rush toward the dog , you know if you so that the dog vill proteckt it self, i know that ! You know that and the fucker officer salomon knows that, itts a police murder , a dog natzi!!!!

Johan @ 7/3/2013 11:34 PM

Tom G i wood do the same to you then and i promise you wont feal a thing!!!

Johan @ 7/3/2013 11:59 PM

Problem with The police are they think everybody is bad . Wy cuff a person instead of reason with him first?????? You make your own work invierment bad

HeKilledMax @ 7/4/2013 3:32 AM

The mother fuckin pig shot the dog three times and killed it.... Oh wait no he didnt. He shot the dog(Max) three times then watched as Max shook violently due to the massive trauma.....first he had no reason to shoot Max. How about let the owner go for a second to calm him down and put him up. Next that pussy fuck kept reaching for Max's leash/collar whatever. Thats smart. Put ur hand near a dogs mouth. Hes gonna snap at you if he feels threatned. Use non deadly force if need be.
Fuck that shit head cop didnt follow any common sense approach.
The worst though is not putting Max out of his pain. Shoot him in the head if you gotta shoot him. So he doesnt shake and writhe from the pain. Ur the opposite of a man. Ur a coward who has shit for aim. Fuck

jttk @ 7/4/2013 8:13 AM

Looks bad, but there could be more to the story.

Billy Armistead @ 7/4/2013 9:01 AM

A couple of comments:

1. The dog owner, who has several lawsuits going already against Hawthorne PD, may well be a professional plaintiff looking to set up the PD for yet another suit.
2. The dog owner had not properly trained the dog, an act of incredible negligence with a Rottie. Note that the dog wanders around, tugs on the leash, etc., rather than being at heel.
3. The dog was not trained to "stay." Had it been, the owner could have directed a "stay" inside the car and avoided the killing.
4. The dog, when it approached the officers, was not in attack mode. It was barking, not attacking.
5. The officer provoked the dog by idiotically approaching the dog, and leaning over the dog with his hand above the dog's head, palm down. Dogs see this action as a threat and an incipient assault. I learned this as a toddler; I don't understand why the officer did this.
6. Even after the officer's threat the dog was still barking, not attacking.
7. Putting aside the legal question of whether the officers were justified in detaining/cuffing the dog owner, it is clear that the dog owner bears responsibility for not training his dog, securing his dog, etc.
8. An untrained Rottie is a menace and a disaster waiting to happen.

nick @ 7/4/2013 9:01 AM

every anti-law enforcement moron should take a second to decide what to do with a lunging rottweiler; would you shoot it, run, or give it your face as a chew toy? I'm sure it'll take longer for you to act upon the matter at hand. if you cant then shut up cause I'm sure if you were in his shoes you would be the idiot cop on the news that got mangled by an inferior species.

Jon Erikson @ 7/4/2013 9:07 AM

Correction to several comments above:

There were not 3 shots. There were 4. One shot, followed shortly by what could be described as a triple-tap.

As to the many comments suggesting the cop fire a headshot to put the dog out of its agony, I would note that probably such an act is forbidden by regulations. However, maybe departments should consider having a pre-loaded euthenizing dartgun available for situations like dogs or cats or deer hit by cars.

cesar @ 7/4/2013 10:30 AM

shit that officer didnt have to shoot the dog worst police in the world

Funny @ 7/4/2013 12:25 PM

I love all the idotic comments. You can't get arrested for fliming, well do you know what the charge was? More then likely it was disorderly conduct for standing in the street, blasting his car radio and yelling for no apparent reason. For all these dog experts the officer was putting out his hand, twice, so the do could sniff him and hopefully calm the dog. The nuts here would rather seen the cop bit and mauled rather then the dog shot. It's just cop haters and internet lawyers. Cudos to the other filmers who stood back, did not cause a disturbance and where not bother for "fliming" nor was the guy with on the left with the camera. Film al you want, but keep your distance.

Dean @ 7/5/2013 11:18 AM

If you watch closely, the office lunged at the dog 1st. Anyone who has a dog knows you don't wave your arm in front of a strange dogs face. Its an act of aggression. That is what the dog reacted to. In short, the officer shot the dog, for acting like a dog. If this isn't bad enough, he missed and needed to continue shooting. At the least the officer should be charged with animal cruelty.

marie monroe @ 7/5/2013 1:19 PM

this cop is a punk along with all the rest of them that let that happend!! i hope ur family rotts in hell!!!

Tyler M @ 7/6/2013 1:38 AM

I have been LEO for two years. I understand many of my fellow officers defending the actions of the shooter and sticking up for him. However, I also know what's being said behind closed doors without outsiders listening. We are all PISSED at that idiot. He has made all of our jobs and lives harder because of his hard on for shooting. My son has got in two fights already defending me over this POS. That breaks my fn heart! My son was proud of me, but cried the other day and asked me to quit.
It's obvious the owner was up to no good, looking for trouble. But the way they handled that arrest was about as poorly handled as it could have been. The shooter needs his file reexamined and his psych profile readministered. If checks out, he needs to be reassigned and retrained.

mark haskins @ 7/8/2013 12:06 PM

Nobody mentions using a fire extinquisher on the dog. It usually works great.They probably all had one in their cars which were close by.
The owner was an idiot. That's obvious. Unfortunately his dog died partially to his stupidity.
What was the arrest for? We've all been annoyed by amateur videographers but can we arrest unless they are actively interfering in a crime scene or disturbing evidence etc.

John R @ 7/8/2013 5:37 PM

No need to shoot his dog could have pepper sprayed this animal justas easily but since you all have weapons and think you do as you please in that city sooner or later a GREAT FORCE not STRUNG OUT NIGGERS and MEXICANs will invade that dump one day with hard core convictions that will be a civil war and then you will flee like cowards either quitting or relocating as fear of real combatants not helpless animals?

Longarm9 @ 7/19/2013 3:03 AM

All of you bleeding heart idiots who think that deadly force isn't justified on a lunging 100+ lb Rottweiler need to have your heads examined.

I was a K9 handler in a previous job, and my dog could crush a hard sleeve and probably could have snapped a man's arm like a twig of balsa wood. Max the Rottweiler wouldn't have hesitated to rip those officers throats out to "protect" his ass hat master. Tasers are not designed for use on dogs and would almost certainly be useless. Pepper spray is only going to piss off a dog like that.

It's very clear from the video that the officers were trying to avoid shooting the dog by trying to scare it off. It was only when the dog lunged at the officer that he was forced to shoot it.

What was this douchebag arrested for? How about obstruction of a police officer? Where I come from that's a criminal offence. Causing a disturbance might apply too, if he's blasting loud music while the police are trying to issue orders via loudspeaker.

You morons need to give your heads a shake after you pull them out of your posteriors.

Ray @ 7/28/2013 12:17 PM

i have never witnessed any more attriciast of an act of abuse of authority and intimidation and the blatant act of trying to intice the detainee's dog into lunging at him so he could kill that mans dog. i have never witnessed a more cruel act hiding behind a badge. If this is protect and serve I dont want it .The police are a problem in this nation. Far too many times they unnecessarly abuse people they come in contact with , they deem their authority exceed every citizen,and they forget who they work for . I dont want my tax dollar supporting the very organization that is oppressing my people,(the gang of murderer and killers hiding behind our nations badges and blue and red lights.Everyday some where they are violating citizens rights or they have their hands in your pocket, generally making your life miserable ,thats for the average citizen . If they foght crime with that same zeal we would not need as many ticket writers as we have natio wide (with all our bad roads and bridges and pot holes,)just venting I beleive in the peaceful law abiding order of things when applied equally to all citizens and locations across these united states.

mary @ 8/3/2013 6:29 AM

to manre dog

trtr @ 8/10/2013 8:08 PM

gee kill the dog thats real nice.... not what the heck did the dog do to you you have to shoot it i have a 6 and an 8 watching this and their crying poor dog why did you have to do this cop not happy

Jeffrey @ 3/7/2014 8:06 PM

That police would be mad as hell if i shoot his k9 in the back seat there was no need for dat bs

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