Second Video Of Dog Shooting Exonerates Police, Department Says
In the wake of a shocking video that showed Hawthorne police officers fatally shooting a dog, the department has released a second video that it says exonerates the officers.
After the original cell phone video of the incident was posted to YouTube, the Southern California police department was bombarded with angry calls and emails, including death threats that prompted the department to take the three officers involved off street duty.
But the video taken on a cell phone by a second witness at the scene, shows more of the interactions the dog owner, Leon Rosby, had with police before the shooting. It also more clearly shows the officers’ actions before shooting the dog, a large Rottweiler. In the video, the shooting officer reaches his hand toward the dog and hesitates before shooting it four times.
“This video will help us tremendously regarding [Rosby’s] actions prior to his arrest,” said public information officer Lt. Scott Swain, who sent the video to The Huffington Post. “You can see the officer gives out his hand to let the dog sniff it and tries to grab the leash.”
According to a police statement, Rosby was arrested for “interference with officers” because his “loud, distracting music (from the individual’s vehicle) and his intentional walking within close proximity to armed officers, while holding an 80-pound Rottweiler on a long leash-line … created an increasingly dangerous situation and demanded officers’ focus away from the matter at hand.”