07/13/2013

Dog owner files claim against Hawthorne police

The dog's owner filed a claim with the city asking for more than $25,000 in damages

By Angie Crouch
NBC Los Angeles

HAWTHORNE, Calif. — The viral video of a Hawthorne police officer shooting and killing a dog during its owner’s arrest on June 30 continues to spark outrage and mistrust of the department.

On Thursday, Rosby took the first step toward suing the police department. He filed a claim with the city asking for more than $25,000 in damages.

According to Hawthorne Police Department spokesman Lt. Scott Swain, the Hawthorne city attorney has now recused himself from deciding whether to formally charge Rosby with a misdemeanor count of interfering with officers the day of the shooting, saying it would be a conflict of interest, because Rosby has a previous excessive force lawsuit against the city.

Instead, the police department will hand the case over to the LA County District Attorney’s office, which has until Aug. 12 to file charges.

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