GRAPHIC VIDEO: Cops shoot California man’s dog in front of him during arrest

Warning: This video contains graphic footage of a dog being shot to death.

Disturbing video has surfaced online showing police in California unloading bullets into a pet dog after they handcuffed its owner.

Leon Rosby, 52, of Hawthorne, was arrested after using his cell phone to record video of heavy police activity in his neighborhood following an armed robbery Sunday evening, according to the Daily Breeze. Rosby can be seen on the now-viral video, which was recorded by another bystander, walking back and forth around multiple police cars with his leashed rottweiler Max. He left his car parked with the radio loudly blaring and the windows down.

Officers said they asked Rosby to turn down the volume so they could better hear what was going on at the crime scene, but he didn’t immediately cooperate. Eventually, Rosby can be seen putting Max in the backseat of his car as two officers approach him. Rosby walks toward the officers and they begin to arrest him — he doesn’t resist. As more officers approach, the 130-pound dog is seen barking from the backseat until he jumps out of an open window.

At first, the confused animal moves toward his cuffed owner, then backs away. An officer attempts to pick up his leash, but Max jumps forward and an officer abruptly shoots him four times as Rosby watches on in horror. Max, not immediately killed, writhes in pain on the cement, until he finally dies. Onlookers can be heard on the video screaming in horror and outrage. Rosby was taken to jail on suspicion of obstructing justice and was released the next morning.

“There was no way Max should have died like that,” Rosby said, according to the Daily Breeze. “Max was only protecting his master. He was trying to stop them from beating on me. … I was crying and hollering, ‘My dog! My dog! Max! Max!’”

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

“It’s distracting the officers,” Hawthorne police Lt. Scott 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.”

Rosby has had several run-ins with police in the past, leading to convictions of resisting, battery and driving under the influence. He filed a lawsuit against Hawthorne and two officers in March claiming excessive force after one of his ribs was broken when police responded to his home for a domestic violence call.

Rosby appeared in another YouTube video posted Tuesday, describing the incident. He says in the video that police accused him of resisting arrest and the officer who shot his dog had full intentions to do so.

Read Rosby’s lawsuit against Hawthorne and two of its officers.


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