Man whose dog was killed by police charged with felony intimidation of a witness

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The man who’s dog was shot and killed by police in Hawthorne California has been charged with multiple counts of intimidating a witness in the aftermath of the incident.

Leon Cordell Rosby, 52, was recording police during a SWAT operation on June 30th, when officers approached him.  Rosby put his Rottweiller, Max, in the car and then turned to talk with the officer, who then put him under arrest for apparently obstructing police by standing too close to a police barrier.

Cell phone video shows Max jumping out of the window of the car and running toward officers.  One of cops then shoots the dog four times, killing it.  The video exploded on the site, and then made national news as people furious over the dog’s death began bombarding the Hawthorne Police Department with threats, as well as angry calls and emails.


A longer video of events leading up to the shooting was also recorded by a second witness, and was later shown in court.

According to prosecutors, Rosby went to the home of the woman who shot the video and confronted her and her son.

He now faces two felony charges each of dissuading a witness from prosecuting a crime, intimidating a witness and making criminal threats, as well as one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.