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California police shoot bystander’s dog in disturbing video (GRAPHIC)

HAWTHORNE, CA (PIX11) - A video that would break any dog owner’s heart was posted online Sunday; it appears to show an officer from the Hawthorne Police Department shooting a bystander’s dog during a SWAT operation.

It took place in Hawthorne, California, and was posted to YouTube on June 30th.  A man was walking his dog when he decided to take pictures and video with his cell phone of a Hawthorne police operation.  SWAT team officers begin watching the man, Leon Rosby, who appears to yell “civil rights violation” after a brief verbal exchange.

Rosby’s attorney, Michael Gulden, claims police arrested his client because he was obstructing police by standing near the barricade.

Rosby can be seen bringing the dog back to the car and putting it inside.  The police start to walk toward Rosby and handcuff him without incident.

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Once he is handcuffed you can hear the dog barking with his head out of the window of the car.

A few moments go by and the dog leaps out of the car as the police turn to look at the Rottweiler running at them.  The dog stops for a moment and then one of the officers seems to make a gesture toward the Rottweiler.  The animal jumps up at his arm in an attempt to bite him.

Without hesitation the cop pulls his gun and fires four rounds into the dog, killing it.

Gulden said that he does indeed plan on filing a lawsuit against the Hawthorne Police Department.

There is yet to be a response from the police concerning the actions that took place.



192 Comments to “California police shoot bystander’s dog in disturbing video (GRAPHIC)”

    Andrea said:
    July 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    The man had every right to video tape what was going on. They had no right to arrest him full well of his dog being there. The job jumped out to help his owner, stopped when he got there and the stupid ass cop went for the dog, which in turn the dog lunged, but did not seem aggressive. Everyone, especially a cop should know to never make sudden movements with a dog that is protecting what is his. Keep calm and dog will be calm. Cops are stupid!

    P. Smith said:
    July 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    This is absolutely outrageous. The owner of the dog was right there and his car was right there. All they had to do was let the owner get the dog back int the car. The owner wasn't a flight risk, he wasn't cuffed for a violent act. The dog wasn't trying to maul any of those cops. If that had been the case, then the cops would have a case. Disgusting.

    Mike said:
    July 2, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    THIS is a prime example of bureaucratic political correct Excrement in regards to the use of words like "justified" "warranted" etc. Mr Rosby may have been in the wrong…may not, who cares because that's NOT the point.

    The point is it should have never resulted in him seeing his dog executed over something as trivial as crossing a fictional boundary. The term 'peace officer' is still considered a public servant and as such that means THEY are also responsible for the SAFETY of who they arrest.
    ** They should have ensured he secured his dog as well as He should have secured it. **
    It's common sense!!!

    Anonymous said:
    July 2, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    hey pigs i ever see this again ill put four bullets in YOU!!!!

    Tom B said:
    July 2, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Poor dog. His owner was an arrogant SOB trying to provoke the cops and the dog paid the price for being loyal. The cops have every right to defend themselves against an attacking animal especially of that size and breed.

      Benjamin said:
      July 12, 2013 at 12:59 AM

      Defend doesn’t mean kill you idiot, its called use of force. There are different levels of force to be used, which police officers are very well trained for. This fatal usage of force was not justified. If you can’t defend yourself from a dog without fatal force then dont carry the badge. God forbid, a person tries to “attack” him, he’ll have body bags lined up. Any time a typical street cop goes on a bust such as this, emotions are high, temper is up, and every prick who graduated from the academy is excited to finally use their gun. I work on a police department and I see how every officer just waits for the moment. They brag about the moment. The cops emotions were high and was ready to use his gun the second they left the briefing for this bust when he got on shift that day. I know what I’m talking about when I say that officer needs to be arrested for animal cruelty. If you think its ok to defend yourself by killing a dog if its going to bite you when you’re arresting its owner unlawfully then #1 America should probably change the occupation of animal cops to animal military #2 the ASPCA should stop funding shelters and animal care and start funding weapons. #3 Pets should be illegal #4 If a human attacks then he/she should be shot on sight because they can do more harm than a dog….if you’re not getting the picture, ill paint it out for you. If a cop has to shoot a dog when it attacks, then what happens when a human attacks. (Nobody will ever be brought to justice) Man robbed a grocery to feed his kids and attacked and was shot and killed. Man forged a check for $200 and attacked and was shot and killed. Women caught prostituting and attacked was shot and killed. Man trespassing on private property and attacked and was shot and killed. 10 year old stole candy bar and attacked and was shot and killed. Newsflash all you idiots. If your only way to defend yourself is by killing something, DONT BE A COP. Don’t even carry a gun….if you all think its justified to kill a dog when its about to bite your arm then every person killed for “attacking” a cop is now justified

    dalsmom said:
    July 2, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    This was another case of unjustified killing. The police officer wouldn't have had to defend himself, if they would have tried warning the man first, instead of arresting him and then if they needed to arrest him, they could have told him to put the windows up more and call someone to come get his dog. That dog didn't understand and was just trying to protect his owner. I hope that office is suspended without pay until this case is settled, then I hope he has to do community service at an animal shelter and pay a substantial fine to an animal rescue agency. Shame on him. Praise to the decent police, the ones that value all life regardless of whether its human or animal. Bad karma to him, hope he suffers in hell.

    Shannon said:
    July 2, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    UNACCEPTABLE!!! Disgusting and totally unacceptable!

    Jes Paige said:
    July 2, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Just because of the breed. And shoot a dog at least make sure it’s gone. He clearly suffered. Ignorance at it’s finest.

    Barbara Tomlin said:
    July 2, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Lately it seems not a day goes by where there is news about a cop shooting a dog – for no apparent reason! What is it going to take to stop this insane behavior? Not so sure this man would win a lawsuit, but if that were my dog they killed, I sure as hell would file one! Too many cops out there too willing to shoot first, ask questions later. They all need to take a course in humane behavior towards animals! Regardless of how this all came about, I am sure there were other alternative actions that could have been taken other than the ones they took.

    Craig said:
    July 2, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Another case of power hungry cops going too far. The whole situation could have been avoided with minimal effort. And I don't believe for a second that the loud music was the issue…otherwise they could have expalined to him that it was causing a problem and instructed him to turn it down….I think they just didn't like him recording them, which is just too damn bad in my opinion. And the comment that they also had a responsibility to protect the owner of the dog….what a line of crap that is! The dog was trying to protect it's owner, idiots!

      Anonymous said:
      July 2, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      I think the last part of your comment is misinterpreted. What I think they mean by "safety" is ensuring the person they arrest has secured personal effects, ie dog in car windows up enough not to get out, vehicle secure..that sort of thing. They were negligent to put him in cuffs knowing he has a dog and that the windows were down as was He was at fault to illicit them to put him in cuffs and for not securing his dog. Just a really sad disgusting story all the way around…

    Jackie said:
    July 2, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    What a jerk off cop. He needs to burn in hell and realize what he did to an innocent animal who tried to defend his owner….are u going to shoot a 7 yr old child trying to defend his parents??? No so wtf is the difference. Piece of shit cop

      Anonymous said:
      July 2, 2013 at 8:17 PM

      Yup, good thing it wasn't as an earlier post pointed out "Glad it wasn't a four yr old with a steak knife running at him" ..

    murder not defense said:
    July 2, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    You had NO RIGHT to shoot that dog !!!!! NO FUCKING RIGHT. it did NOT pose a threat to your life or endanger you in anyway more then that guy did! YOU ARE the reason NO ONE likes cops rather then doing your job your off shooting dogs! ONE bullet to the dogs leg is self defense… FIVE to his chest is MURDER!! I HOPE YOU ROT IN HELL YOU WORTHLESS PIG!

    1 bullet to the dog = self defense IF You wanna try to claim that… shit you could just shot the gun and it would scare the dog off, notice
    4 bullets is flat out MURDER!!!

    I'd be pressing charges and if that doesn't go through that man should in all rights wake you in your sleep with a pistol in your stomach pop off 3 rounds then shoot you in the dick and both legs and walk out letting you twitch and bleed out you worthless excuse for a human being..

    The first bullet made that dog back off the next 3 was just murder FUCK YOU cop I hope you rot in hell..

      Anonymous said:
      July 2, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      You're intense brother but I was an execution and they could have used non-lethal means.
      This story sickens me….so very tragic.

    angel said:
    July 2, 2013 at 9:04 PM
    so enraged right now heres their facebook page!

    Joe said:
    July 2, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    You all are idiots. It was the owners fault for acting like a dumbass . Police had every right to shoot the dog, the dog lunged at them. You obviously don’t know what it’s like to be a cop especially in that ghetto neighborhood.

    Steve said:
    July 2, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    The problem was not the pig who shot the dog; it was the 2 piggies that neglected their duty to maintain the suspects that were apprehended.

    The moment those 2 idiots ventured out and provoked a bystander looking for lols was the moment they put themselves and their partners in unnecessary circumstances.

    Those 2 piggies should be fired from the force and not allowed to serve and protect in another force ever again. They are liabilities!!

    Joe said:
    July 2, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    A fucking 7 year old cant go for your jugular or kill you. And if a 7 year old had a gun, I’m sure the cop would shoot him

    Negative Eclipse said:
    July 3, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    Reblogged this on 67 Bricks and commented:
    Fucked Up Humans

    66bricks said:
    July 3, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    These cops are assholes – and the shooter needs to go to jail.

    Scott said:
    July 3, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    If you watch the video closely that dog was NOT attacking the officers, in fact the officer who shot the dog approached the dog TWICE in an aggressive manner before shooting him. I'm not sure what the officer was doing leaning into and over the dog like that, even making a hand gesture near his face twice, it almost looks like he was trying to elicit an aggressive response from the dog.

    The officers should have just left the dog alone and called animal control, or better yet not arrested his owner for doing something well within his rights that they just didnt like. The Police need to remember that they are public servants and work for us, far too many of them start to believe that since they wear a gun and a badge they can abuse their power.

    City and Town officials should start firing Officers who make ridiculous arrests like these and situations like this won't happen.

    Ashley said:
    July 3, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Why does this cop have a job?!!?!?!?!?! the cop needs to be fired and put behind bars for a long time! That poor dog…i am so disturbed and upset by this…if there is any justice in this world, lock that officer up and throw away the key…

    Moose McCoy said:
    July 4, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    This was a dangerous situation responding to an armed robbery. The suspect was warned before and purposely drove close to a dangerous situation playing loud music distracting to the operation and communication with the suspects. If you notice he was also in the front of ALL other persons videoing the situation. Clearly ignoring requests to stay back where it was safe. This idiot would be the first person to file a lawsuit against the Hawthorne police if he was injured. The dog was acting to protect it's owner but that takes a backseat to stabilizing a dangerous situation. Those are the facts whether you like it or not. Justifiable killing of the dog considering the situation. You should be directing your abuse towards the owner but of course in this politically incorrect world of disrespect for authority you choose to go with the mob mentality. God Bless the Hawthorne Police dept!

    Cynthia Merriam said:
    July 7, 2013 at 4:40 AM
    cynthia said:
    July 7, 2013 at 4:47 AM

    Comment Part 3

    Texas dog, Lily, shot by Fort Worth, Texas police officer who showed up at the wrong address following up on a report of copper theft. Lily’s case is fueling the fight in Texas for legislation similar to Colorado’s Dog Protection Act.Video made by Lily’s family, Mark and Cindy Boling, is used in Fort Worth, Texas police department’s training in non-lethal methods of handling dog encounters.
    Fort Worth, Texas residents, Mark and Cindy Boling’s video for police department training:

    cynthia said:
    July 7, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    Comment Part 4

    LE’s own publication “Law Enforcement Today” warns “Officers need to be concerned about the possibility of a lawsuit being filed if an officer is involved in a dog shooting!

    According to police trainer Jim Osorio, and a former cop himself, “there are dogs in about one in three households — nearly 80 million in all. He says officers shoot about 250,000 dogs a year… often needlessly. “I’m going to train them whatever they carry can be used on an animal,” Osario explained … “Clipboard, flare… whatever” (video of Mr. Osorio during s Ft. Worth, TX police training session- Ft. Worth police get an 8 hour training session-…. Mr. Osorio further asks for a show of hands in the police auditorium. “How many people here think they can handle a dog encounter without lethal force? I think all of you can,” he said.

    cynthia said:
    July 7, 2013 at 4:50 AM

    Comment Part 5

    The National Canine Research Council (NCRC): The NCRC follows all incidents of LE shooting dogs and is keenly aware of the widespread nature of dog shootings by LE. NCRC’s August 2011 manual was co-authored by an NCRC staff member and advisor for the Department of Justice called "The Problem of Dog-related Incidents and Encounters"… . Staff at NCRC and its parent organization, Animal Farm Foundation, follow Facebook pages for dogs shot by police.

    ASPCA – Most Instances of Police Shooting Dogs Are Avoidable

    Florida Firefighters Laughing About Cop Shooting Dog

    Officers Laughing About Tazing and Shooting Dog

    Cop Says He Shot Dog (11 year old Dachshund) Because It Barked At Him


    Omaha, NE dog, Teela Executed by Police

    Puppycide in Oklahoma

    LaGrange, Missouri – dog shot by police while tied up

    Unnamed Dog Stomped To Death By Police


    Cops Raid Wrong House, Threaten Children and Kill Dog

    10 Year Old Boy Sees Cop Shoot His Dog

    SWAT Team Kills Restrained Dog In Front of Child

    cynthia said:
    July 7, 2013 at 4:51 AM

    Comment Part 6

    Dogs belonging to Iraq vets are shot:

    1.Mongo (5-5-2013 Dacona, Colorado) James Vester, Mongo’s owner stated: “I didn’t think I would see that again. You see it in Iraq — and then you see your best friend here get shot,”

    Help is needed to pay Mongo’s vet bills: If anyone wants to contribute to Mongo's $4k-plus vet bill you can call Aspen Meadow Veterinary in Longmont-303-678-8844. Any amount will help. Just say you want to contribute to James Vester's bill for his dog Mongo- shot by Dacono police.” Additionally, here is the rest of Aspen Meadow’s contact info, ie mailing address and link to their Facebook page.

    A. Link to website:
    B. Mailing address: 104 South Main Street Longmont, Colorado 80501
    C. Internet email address:
    D. Link to Facebook page:

    2.Cindy (6-5-13 Buffalo, NY) Police conducted a drug raid at the wrong address – the home of Adam Arroyo in Buffalo, NY. Mr. Arroyo’s dog, Cindy, was shot by police even though she was tied up in the kitchen.

    cynthia said:
    July 7, 2013 at 4:53 AM

    Comment Part 7

    Facebook pages:

    1.Cops vs Canine:The Hidden Epidemic That’s Killing Our Companions

    2.Dogs Shot By Police

    4.Facebook Causes Page:

    5.No Justice For Dogs


    7.No Excuse for Animal Abuse

    8.National Dog News Examiner

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