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July 05, 2013
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Owner of dog killed by police calls for threats to stop

"Just calm down. Stop threatening them and their families," the man said at a news conference

By PoliceOne Staff

HAWTHORNE, Calif. — The man who was arrested for blaring his music while police were surrounding the home of an armed robber stated at a press conference that the threats against the officers, who were forced to shoot and kill the man’s dog, had to stop.

"Just calm down," said Leon Rosby. "Stop threatening them and their families. All police officers are not bad."

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Meanwhile, the Hawthorne police released the following statement:

"This Department truly feels in the loss of the Rottweiler dog 'Max' and for those impacted by such. We, as a department, as animal owners ourselves, and the officer directly involved himself, all relate and empathize in this."

The police department re-assigned the officers Wednesday to other patrol areas and placed their families under protection, according to NBC Los Angeles.

"These aren't just threats off ill-will," said Hawthorne Police Chief Robert Fager. "These are absolutely threats to life."

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