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July 09, 2013
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Calif. police release second video of dog shooting

Video taken from another perspective exonerates police from any wrongdoing, according to the department

By PoliceOne Staff

HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Hawthorne police have released a second video of the incident in which an officer fatally shot a man’s Rottweiler as it lunged at the officers arresting it’s owner. Police believe this angle of the video exonerates the officer’s actions.

The second video, taken by another witness on the scene, shows more interaction between the officers, the dog, and Leon Rosby, the dog’s owner, who was being arrested for interfering with in a police operation, according to

One officer is seen reaching several times for the dog's leash as it becomes aggressive and lunges at this officer, who is forced to fire at the dog.

The original video, which went viral two weeks earlier, angered the neighboring community and sent a throng of death threats to Hawthorne police, forcing the three officers involved to be removed from their regular patrol.

Rosby remains critical of the police, but asked for the community to discontinue their threats of violence against law enforcement. 

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