“Man Shoots Dog” Is Not News. “Dog Shoots Man” is News.

rottyBy now you’ve seen the video of the police in Hawthorne CA arresting and handcuffing a man, then shooting his dog dead when it became upset.  If not, here’s a link.  Warning: it’s upsetting.

Of course there’s more to the story, and even more will emerge.  The man, Leon Rosby, was videoing a police operation in the neighborhood while walking his dog, Max.  Two cops near the scene walk over and handcuff Rosby, who had just put Max in his car.  Max, seeing the police physically handling Rosby, becomes agitated, starts barking, and jumps out the car window, menacing the arresting officers. So naturally, one of the cops shoots him dead.

According to a report by the Daily Breeze, Hawthorne police claim they arrested Rosby because the music playing in his car was loud and was “distracting the officers.” Additionally, Rosby had previously refused to comply with a request by police on the scene to turn down the music. As for why they shot Max, a police spokesman said they did it out of concern for the safety of the officers, but also out of concern for Rosby: “We’ve got a guy handcuffed that’s kind of defenseless. We have a duty to defend him, too.” —uprox.com

There’s some history here.

[Rosby] said Monday he believed police were retaliating against him because of previous run-ins and struggles with officers. Court records show he has previous convictions for resisting, battery and driving under the influence. Rosby, who is black, said he has filed six complaints against the Hawthorne Police Department, alleging mistreatment and racial profiling.

Rosby filed a lawsuit against the city of Hawthorne and two police officers in March, contending officers broke one of his ribs when they responded to a domestic violence disturbance at his house, not far from the dog shooting scene.

“There’s been a pattern of harassment against him and other African-Americans in Hawthorne,” said Rosby’s attorney, Michael Gulden. “Last July, the police responded to his home and beat him unnecessarily, then threw him in jail for no reason. We sued for that. We’ll amend that complaint to include the dog incident.” — Daily Breeze

Renowned dog trainer Cesar “The Dog Whisperer” Millan, clearly agitated, commented, ”While it’s gut-churning to watch the dog’s pre-death writhing, what makes it even more infuriating is his final bark, which interprets roughly as, ’Don’t Tase me, bro’.  This was entirely unnecessary.”

Local activists raised the issue of race.  “You can’t tell me the fact that Max was a 130 pound black Rottweiler didn’t influence the white officer’s fatal action,” one told reporters.  “You think this would have happened if Max was a Yellow Lab?  We weren’t born yesterday, you know.”

No hoodie required.

Even the President, still in Africa, weighed in.  “On a personal level, this is a very upsetting development,” he told the international media.  “If I had a dog, it would look like Max.”

I’ll try to keep this distressing story updated.   The way I feel, “Dog Shoots Man” would be the next best development.

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13 Responses to “Man Shoots Dog” Is Not News. “Dog Shoots Man” is News.

  1. Private Partz says:

    Best comment: police said they did this “to protect the dog owner.” This is why people hate cops. Cops are pigs.

    • 60s Radical says:

      That’s why I think we should abolish all police.

  2. Wonton Amaro says:

    I don’t see how this even works — maybe somebody in law enforcement can tell me. Let’s say the dog does NOT escape the car. Police arrest and haul off the alleged perp for something like 12 hours, and would leave the 130 pound dog locked in the car? Is that smart policy? Would they do that if it was a child in the car?

    • A. Pigg says:

      This is easy. You call animal control and they hold the dog in a safe place until the owner can claim it.

  3. 'Nonymous says:

    That’s right, libs. Evil police out to stomp all over everybody’s rights and their little dogs, too. Or maybe it’s this wise-ass serial cop-suer and ex-con finding out that words have consequences. Too bad about the dog, but it I’m a cop threatened by a 130 pound dog while I’m trying to do my job, I’d have done the same thing.

    • Dawgbowl says:

      I’m with you completely, ‘Nonymous. Who cares about shooting a dog to death when there are guys hiding behind the law to videotape your every move –and blasting their car radios, too! The law must be obeyed, and since the legal system favors criminals, it’s up to the cops on the streets to maintain order. You’d make a good cop, alright.

  4. Frank of Oregon says:

    Rosby said today that the officer who shot the dog was Jeffrey Salmon. “Jeffrey Salmon was one of seven Hawthorne Police Department officers charged with alleged deprivation of civil rights resulting from excessive force, denial of medical treatment and malicious prosecution, stemming from an incident that occurred on July 21, 2006. Hawthorne Police Department settled that lawsuit for one million dollars.”
    Source: http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/hawthorne-dog-police-shooting#fn9

  5. syrbal says:

    I am pretty sure the dog would not have been shot if the owner had been white, to be honest. The dog was just trying to get TO his owner, that was readily apparent. And Anonymous, you guttless fuck…they arrested the guy not for the noise, but for the legal activity of filming them with his cellphone. I love how all the right wingers comment without recourse to adequate identification.

    • 'Nonymous says:

      syrbal: this is from the daily breeze article linked in the post:
      Rosby drove up in his rented black Mazda. Swain said Rosby stopped in the intersection with music blaring from his windows. Officers told him to turn down the music because they were trying to hear what was happening down the street. Rosby pulled forward, parked and got out with his dog, but left the music still playing loudly.

      “It’s distracting the officers,” Swain said. “It’s interfering with what they are able to hear. 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.”

      Martinez said the Usher song “Tell Me Again” was looping over and over.

      Rosby, who pulled out his own cellphone to record the police activity, did not lower the volume.

      “I do apologize if I didn’t immediately comply. The music may have been a little loud but I was complying,” Rosby said. “I said, ‘Sir, I want to make sure nobody’s civil rights were being violated.’ ”

      A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said the officers asked him to turn the music down, but he refused. Rosby, she said, responded, “It’s my (expletive) radio!”

      Nothing about his cell phone, and obviously he wasn’t the only one filming because the film of him getting arrested wasn’t his. Typical liberal bullshit. Make up your own favorite story and accuse others of bullshitting.

      • Squathole says:

        I’m not buying that story, ‘nonym-ass. Read the whole account. There’s a lot of ill will between Rosby and this police department, and that one particular cop in particular. Whether it’s because he was filming them, running his radio too loud, or wearing his pants down too far, they’re out to bust his ass. Anybody who’s ever been on the wrong side of the cops for any reason knows just how this works. Obviously you don’t, and more obviously, don’t want to.

  6. Bones says:

    “He’s dead, Jim.”

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