Hawthorne police pull officers involved in dog shooting from the street for their safety

There are 18 comments on the San Bernardino County Sun story from Jul 3, 2013, titled Hawthorne police pull officers involved in dog shooting from the street for their safety. In it, San Bernardino County Sun reports that:

Three police officers appearing in the video where one shoots and kills a dog as they arrested its owner in Hawthorne were pulled from street duty Wednesday following numerous death threats against them and their families, police said.

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Steven Ruiz

Managua, Nicaragua

#2 Jul 3, 2013
It is just sad when the police of Hawthorne result to something so low as to kill an animal who was no threat to them in any way. The dog just came out to see what was happening to his owner and to avoid a possible bite the officer determines the dog should be put down. It is all over the news in other countries as well... You can find fine footage of it in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize etc... you get the picture and you get the image that police officers are portraying to the rest of the world and to its own citizens. The officers involved in this should be fired and animal cruelty charges should be brought up. If anything they should have just brought up charges on the owner for the dog not being muzzled but killing everything seems to be fine. Those men were the prosecution, jury and the judge when they pulled that act. Those cops are sorry excuses for human beings and they must be punished. I hope they run a special to follow up on what these men should be charged with. For sure I do not want them to protect the streets with their happy trigger fingers
Tia

Warrior, AL

#3 Jul 3, 2013
Steven Ruiz wrote:
It is just sad when the police of Hawthorne result to something so low as to kill an animal who was no threat to them in any way. The dog just came out to see what was happening to his owner and to avoid a possible bite the officer determines the dog should be put down. It is all over the news in other countries as well... You can find fine footage of it in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize etc... you get the picture and you get the image that police officers are portraying to the rest of the world and to its own citizens. The officers involved in this should be fired and animal cruelty charges should be brought up. If anything they should have just brought up charges on the owner for the dog not being muzzled but killing everything seems to be fine. Those men were the prosecution, jury and the judge when they pulled that act. Those cops are sorry excuses for human beings and they must be punished. I hope they run a special to follow up on what these men should be charged with. For sure I do not want them to protect the streets with their happy trigger fingers
If the dog was no threat, then why did the people recording shout out to the officer to watch out? Apparently like me they thought the big dog was going to attack. Hummm

Alert !, the police were at a standoff trying not to kill the armed robber! Your trigger happy claim doesn't seem to be holding water!
Chuck

Torrance, CA

#4 Jul 3, 2013
Their alerts were because the dog freed itself from the car, not because the dog was attacking. Since when do the police have to overreact to begin with. I want a level headed person out there using their gun as a LAST RESORT, not just looking for an opportunity to do so. Did they need to escalate the situation by arresting the man? Wouldn't giving the person a citation be enough to begin with, and go further if the doesn't make him stay out of the way. This cop should not be on the streets, and certainly not in this area. It seems that he has to have a chip on his shoulder to react the way he did. We don't need officers like him anywhere around where I live.
Tia wrote:
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If the dog was no threat, then why did the people recording shout out to the officer to watch out? Apparently like me they thought the big dog was going to attack. Hummm
Alert !, the police were at a standoff trying not to kill the armed robber! Your trigger happy claim doesn't seem to be holding water!
Dim

Vladimir, Russia

#5 Jul 4, 2013
The dog was just hanging around his master, maybe he was barking, but he DID NOT ATTACK THE OFFICER.
Specially 2 Tia:
Dogs DOES NOT ATTACK PEOPLE THAT WAY AS THE FOOTAGE SHOWS. He was just barking while standing on back feet, when was murdered by cop. Cop did it just for fun.
philip

Athens, Greece

#6 Jul 4, 2013
YOU LITTLE G A Y officer Salmon i wish cancer to everything you love(you/kids/mother/family in general..)f u c k the police.ACAB
Tia

Warrior, AL

#7 Jul 4, 2013
Chuck wrote:
Their alerts were because the dog freed itself from the car, not because the dog was attacking. Since when do the police have to overreact to begin with. I want a level headed person out there using their gun as a LAST RESORT, not just looking for an opportunity to do so. Did they need to escalate the situation by arresting the man? Wouldn't giving the person a citation be enough to begin with, and go further if the doesn't make him stay out of the way. This cop should not be on the streets, and certainly not in this area. It seems that he has to have a chip on his shoulder to react the way he did. We don't need officers like him anywhere around where I live.
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It looked to me that Mr Rosenby had the hard on for the cops.
I am deeply disappointed Max had to be put down, but big dogs that are not secure are the responsibility of the owner. People are afraid of big dogs or even dogs in general. Mr Rosenby could have had Max in a safe and secure place while he was acting like a drunken fool out there. No Mr Rosenby chose not to put the safety and well being of Max ahead of his own idiotic behavior. When dogs jump at you .. You are not required to wait and see if it is going to maul you or not. That is unreasonable thinking. Mr Rosenby chose to put himself in this position along with Max and blatantly showed no respect for Max or himself. Rest in peace Max.
Alrick Man

Bridgeport, CT

#8 Jul 4, 2013
The community should have heard some response from the mayor on this. This is unacceptable police behavior. It is clear from the video that unreasonable force was used. There were other means at hand like a tazor or mace. Maybe as simple as the police not cuffing the man and simply explaining that they don't want him taping them. He was not resisting arrest and this could have been reasoned out. These were heavy handed tactics by over zealous police. This has to be curbed. Police are out there supposedly for our protection not to treat us with gestapo tactics!
Tia

Warrior, AL

#9 Jul 4, 2013
When using mace or pepper spray if the wind is blowing the wrong way you expose everyone downwind to it and the animal often times like people do not respond to it especially in a high adrenaline atmosphere. A tazer only works if the the little prongs stick in. I understand too that not all police departments have tazers because of the controversy concerning those.
The dog lunged at the officer and was as tall as the people in the video. I am sure that if something that big was that close to me in a high stress situation I would have shot at it to. I will never be an animals snack! Shoot if a snake or even a spider gets too close I kill it. They are animals too but don't invade my space if you don't want get injured or killed.
NoTo986

Moorpark, CA

#10 Jul 4, 2013
The Hawthorne police needs to kill more dogs. We need more dead dogs...and criminals.
NoTo986

Moorpark, CA

#11 Jul 4, 2013
Great job protecting yourselves...kudos to the Hawthorne PD cop. Please kill more dogs, particularly pit bulls.
Crystal

Santa Ana, CA

#12 Jul 5, 2013
For one the dog was placed in is car so he did put the dog away, second they had guns out on an unarmed man, third the dog didn't trying to get out until they started pushing him around, fourth the dog sniffed the ground and went to a bowing position that's when the cops started shooting and the dogs reaction to being shot was to attack back ...
Tia wrote:
<quoted text>
It looked to me that Mr Rosenby had the hard on for the cops.
I am deeply disappointed Max had to be put down, but big dogs that are not secure are the responsibility of the owner. People are afraid of big dogs or even dogs in general. Mr Rosenby could have had Max in a safe and secure place while he was acting like a drunken fool out there. No Mr Rosenby chose not to put the safety and well being of Max ahead of his own idiotic behavior. When dogs jump at you .. You are not required to wait and see if it is going to maul you or not. That is unreasonable thinking. Mr Rosenby chose to put himself in this position along with Max and blatantly showed no respect for Max or himself. Rest in peace Max.
TC Tan Capulcu

Leverkusen, Germany

#13 Jul 5, 2013
sorry for my english,
filming the police on a public street is not a crime, he was far enough even there was no loud music or anything (stop fucking lying)! The two fat bitches who arrested the man better stay where the action is! They left that place in front of the action because of that black guy, for sure he is no danger for anybody there, imagine the cops inside need their help and the two fat bitches disappear for arrest of this guy, I would call this tactical disaster! This cops better go to clean toilets!
The City of Hawthorne paid until now a lot becauce of that moron Officer! Jeffrey Salmon has cost already more than 1 000 000$(google) he is really crap and a moron, I want to see his IQ test! The only right thing now is to fired this son of a bitch...Jeffrey Salmon.
I heard

Memphis, TN

#14 Jul 5, 2013
I heard the officer who shot the dog takes it up the old kazooooo...I hear he is the wife
I heard

Memphis, TN

#15 Jul 5, 2013
Tia wrote:
When using mace or pepper spray if the wind is blowing the wrong way you expose everyone downwind to it and the animal often times like people do not respond to it especially in a high adrenaline atmosphere. A tazer only works if the the little prongs stick in. I understand too that not all police departments have tazers because of the controversy concerning those.
The dog lunged at the officer and was as tall as the people in the video. I am sure that if something that big was that close to me in a high stress situation I would have shot at it to. I will never be an animals snack! Shoot if a snake or even a spider gets too close I kill it. They are animals too but don't invade my space if you don't want get injured or killed.
Then turn a little then spray dumb ass
Super Victim

San Bernardino, CA

#16 Jul 5, 2013
Tia wrote:
<quoted text>
It looked to me that Mr Rosenby had the hard on for the cops.
I am deeply disappointed Max had to be put down, but big dogs that are not secure are the responsibility of the owner. People are afraid of big dogs or even dogs in general. Mr Rosenby could have had Max in a safe and secure place while he was acting like a drunken fool out there. No Mr Rosenby chose not to put the safety and well being of Max ahead of his own idiotic behavior. When dogs jump at you .. You are not required to wait and see if it is going to maul you or not. That is unreasonable thinking. Mr Rosenby chose to put himself in this position along with Max and blatantly showed no respect for Max or himself. Rest in peace Max.
What idiotic behavior
Super Victim

San Bernardino, CA

#17 Jul 6, 2013
Tia wrote:
When using mace or pepper spray if the wind is blowing the wrong way you expose everyone downwind to it and the animal often times like people do not respond to it especially in a high adrenaline atmosphere. A tazer only works if the the little prongs stick in. I understand too that not all police departments have tazers because of the controversy concerning those.
The dog lunged at the officer and was as tall as the people in the video. I am sure that if something that big was that close to me in a high stress situation I would have shot at it to. I will never be an animals snack! Shoot if a snake or even a spider gets too close I kill it. They are animals too but don't invade my space if you don't want get injured or killed.
So if a police K-9 invades my space can I kill it?
Cops fault

Memphis, TN

#19 Jul 7, 2013
They should have never arrested the man in the first place and none of this would have happened to the dog...Blame it on that stupid ass cop. Personally, I hope the cop falls down, gets a cut on his ass, and 10 people hold him down and someone pour alcohol on the wound...lol............All kidding aside, I thing people are going to some how get this cop back...That is my personal opinion.
K9 Trainer

Modesto, CA

#20 Aug 5, 2013
I've worked with service/guard dogs for over twenty years. Ive worked extensively as a trainer. I also do evaluations of animal behavior and temperament.
I also have a lengthy firearms background. Over the past ten years I've also worked in tactical firearms training. When I was first told of the incident my first thought was another punk with a big mean dog being used for image and intimidation.
When I saw the video I think my jaw hit the ground. Max was excited. What happens when you come at a dog with a toy in your hand waving it in front of its face? This is simple! You don't even need to be a dog owner to figure that out. This idiot cop essentially put a toy in the dogs face. Max jumped for the gun in the officers hand. Not the scared little cop! In the video it looks like he even had his mouth on the gun.
Then this sick little man pumped lead into the dog letting it suffer incredibly! He was feet away and had all intention of killing the dog. Rather than putting the dog down, its as if he closed his eyes and pulled the trigger. Sick bastard!!
Did this idiot consider there were humans at all side when he started shooting? I think that's obvious.
This scared, untrained weak minded little man needs to face legal action. Not just be put on desk duty for his own saftey.

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