HAWTHORNE, Calif. (KTLA) — Protesters rallied in Hawthorne on Saturday after an officer fatally shot a dog.
They gathered outside the Hawthorne police station and demanded that the officer in question be fired and that the department’s officers be trained to avoid such an incident in the future.
The shooting occurred Sunday after dog owner Leon Rosby captured video of police officers outside a barricade in Hawthorne, about 15 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Rosby, 52, was walking his Rottweiler, Max, and recorded the stand-off with armed robbers on his cell phone camera.
As police approached Rosby, he could be seen placing his dog in his car and then putting his hands behind his back to be arrested.
As Rosby was being handcuffed, Max started barking and jumped out of the car.
When Max approached the officers, one of them shot him four times.
A bystander recorded video of the dog lunging at officers and being shot, then posted it on YouTube.
The Hawthorne Police Department on Wednesday urged the public not to rush to judgement in the wake of a deadly dog shooting.
Hawthorne police Chief Robert Fager said during a news conference that the three officers involved in the incident had been taken off of field duty because they received a series of death threats.
Fager also announced the department would investigate the dog shooting.