A video posted on YouTube Sunday apparently shows Hawthorne, Calif., police officers arresting a man for “obstructing” a nearby barricade situation with loud music coming from his car and then fatally shooting the man’s dog.
The undated video shows a man, identified as Leon Rosby, 52, driving up to what appears to be a police barricade in Hawthorne and then proceeding to videotape the scene.
“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,” CBS Los Angeles reports.
Rosby is shown in the video walking his dog near several police cars while he holds his phone up and records officers’ actions. The dog appears to be a Rottweiler.
After talking back and forth with a pair of police officers, Rosby is heard saying, “civil rights violation” before returning the dog to his car.
The officers were apparently upset because the music coming form Rosby’s car was too loud and he didn’t immediately turn the volume down.
“It’s distracting the officers. It’s interfering with what they are able to hear,” Hawthorne Police Lt. Scott Swain reportedly said. “It’s not just a party call. It’s an armed robbery call. The officers need to hear what’s going on with the people being called out of the residence. That music in his car is bleeding over and it’s distracting them.”
The officers are seen quickly approaching Rosby, who shows no signs of resisting and puts his hands behind his back before he is handcuffed.
The video then shows the dog escaping the vehicle and approaching the officers while barking. Rosby is heard pleading with the officers not to shoot his dog.
When one officer repeatedly approaches the animal, the dog is seen jumping at the officer. That same cop then shot the dog four times.
The dog appears to suffer from the multiple gun shots.
“He literally killed my puppy I had since he was 6 weeks old,” Rosby told DailyBreeze.com. “I was crying and hollering, ‘My dog! Max! Max!’”
“There was no way Max should have died like that,” he added. “Max was only protecting his master. He was trying to stop them from beating on me.”
“All he did was love me.”
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Swain actually claims the cops were also trying to protect Rosby — from his own dog.
“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,” he said.
Rosby reportedly spent the night in jail on suspicion of obstruction of justice and was released at 5 a.m. the next morning.
“Apparently this isn’t the first time that Rosby has had issues with the local police. His prior record includes convictions for resisting arrest, battery and driving under the influence. Rosby, a black man, has filed six complaints alleging mistreatment and racial profiling by the Hawthorn Police,” the Daily Mail notes.
“There’s been a pattern of harassment against him and other African-Americans in Hawthorne. Last July, the police responded to his home and beat him unnecessarily, then threw him in jail for no reason. We sued for that,” Gulden, Rosby’s attorney, said.
Gulden said he plans to file a lawsuit against the Hawthorne Police Department.
This story has been updated with new details regarding why Leon Rosby was detained by police.