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July 2, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A video showing a Hawthorne police officer fatally shooting a dog is drawing outrage on the Internet, and its owner claims he was targeted because of pending claims against the department. The shooting Sunday occurred after a standoff between police and armed robbery suspects near the intersection of 137th Street and Jefferson Avenue. Officers handcuffed bystander Leon Rosby, 52, after he walked close to the scene with an 80-pound Rottweiler on a “long leash-line," creating “an increasingly dangerous situation,” the Hawthorne Police Department said in statement.
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November 1, 2013 | By James Barragan
A judge on Friday sentenced the former owner of a Gardena guard dog company to three years' probation for his conviction of animal cruelty. Charles Ferguson, 52, will also be required to attend counseling for animal neglect and will not be allowed to own any dogs for 10 years under the sentence handed down by Superior Court Judge Allen Webster. Earlier this year, Ferguson was convicted of neglecting four of the dogs he owned by depriving them of drink and shelter and subjecting them to needless suffering.
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July 6, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter
About 100 people held a spirited protest in front of the Hawthorne police headquarters Saturday, angered by an officer's fatal shooting last week of a Rottweiler who approached police aggressively as the dog's owner was being arrested. "We're here to let the police know how much we care about this," said David Rutan, 48, a Manhattan Beach lawyer speaking above a din of chants. Rutan said the protest was spurred not just by outrage over the killing of a dog named Max, who approached officers while barking aggressively after they handcuffed his owner, but also by wariness of police power in general.
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August 13, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, This post has been updated. Please see note below.
Prosecutors on Tuesday charged the owner of a Rottweiler that was fatally shot by Hawthorne police with a half-dozen felony counts for allegedly threatening a witness who recorded the incident. Leon Cordell Rosby, 52, faces two counts each of felony dissuading a witness from prosecuting a crime, intimidating a witness and making criminal threats and one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. Rosby was expected to surrender Tuesday morning at the Airport Courthouse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1992
To the spirited debate on medical costs that has emerged in this space, I would offer yet another perspective. A man I know recently underwent a total hip replacement for both hips. The medical costs totaled $98,000. Another friend of mine has a Rottweiler that recently had both hips replaced for $6,000. The human patient still walks with a limp, and the Rottweiler is chasing cats. Apparently, as Ross might (have said), it's not that complicated. ROBERT ARNOLD Tustin
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April 9, 2000
Re "Dog Fight," April 4: The Rottweiler custody battle is really a case of greediness by a jilted boyfriend and a desperate attorney. How can C. Brooks Brann, the former boyfriend, say that all he wants is the dog when he is also suing for $25,000 in damages? I think both he and his attorney should be fined 1,000 hours to be worked off at the nearest animal shelter as a cleanup crew. KAREN MACK Costa Mesa
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September 28, 1997
A Gardena police officer shot and killed a charging pit bull Saturday in an effort to rescue a toddler, who was cornered by the dog and a Rottweiler in the front yard of a house, officials said. The dogs were chasing a group of children about 2:40 p.m. in the 1400 block of Spinning Avenue, said Officer Cruz Olivarez. Parents called the police when they could not get past the dogs to get their children.
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August 13, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, This post has been updated. Please see note below.
Prosecutors on Tuesday charged the owner of a Rottweiler that was fatally shot by Hawthorne police with a half-dozen felony counts for allegedly threatening a witness who recorded the incident. Leon Cordell Rosby, 52, faces two counts each of felony dissuading a witness from prosecuting a crime, intimidating a witness and making criminal threats and one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. Rosby was expected to surrender Tuesday morning at the Airport Courthouse.
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July 3, 2013
The Hawthorne Police Department says it will investigate the shooting of a Rottweiler after a video of the incident went viral on the Internet. "I'm not saying it's justified, but even when it's justified, there are some learning points," Hawthorne police Lt. Scott Swain said. "Could we have done anything different? We'll look at all those facts. " Join Times reporter Matt Hamilton at 9 a.m. on L.A. Now Live to discuss the latest on the case. The incident Sunday was videotaped (note that it contains strong language and disturbing images)
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November 1, 2013 | By James Barragan
A judge on Friday sentenced the former owner of a Gardena guard dog company to three years' probation for his conviction of animal cruelty. Charles Ferguson, 52, will also be required to attend counseling for animal neglect and will not be allowed to own any dogs for 10 years under the sentence handed down by Superior Court Judge Allen Webster. Earlier this year, Ferguson was convicted of neglecting four of the dogs he owned by depriving them of drink and shelter and subjecting them to needless suffering.
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July 27, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A Los Angeles police officer shot and killed a pit bull Friday night after he was bitten by the dog while pursuing a parolee on foot, according to police. The incident occurred about 6 p.m. in the 1700 block of West 24th Street in South L.A., said Officer Rosario Herrera, a spokeswoman for the department. Two officers from the gang unit were on patrol when they spotted a known felon with a parole violation, according to the watch commander for the LAPD's Southwest Division.
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July 10, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The city of Hawthorne has been besieged by protests since a video emerged of a police officer shooting a Rottweiler. The city was forced to cancel its City Council meeting Tuesday after Web traffic overwhelmed the city's website and prevented officials from posting the meeting agenda. The website, down since last Monday, was flooded with traffic after a public outcry against a video posted to YouTube that shows a Hawthorne police officer fatally shooting a dog while restraining its owner, Leon Rosby.
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July 6, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter
About 100 people held a spirited protest in front of the Hawthorne police headquarters Saturday, angered by an officer's fatal shooting last week of a Rottweiler who approached police aggressively as the dog's owner was being arrested. "We're here to let the police know how much we care about this," said David Rutan, 48, a Manhattan Beach lawyer speaking above a din of chants. Rutan said the protest was spurred not just by outrage over the killing of a dog named Max, who approached officers while barking aggressively after they handcuffed his owner, but also by wariness of police power in general.
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July 5, 2013 | By Jim Newton
It's tough to watch the video that has circulated so widely of a Hawthorne police officer shooting a dog last week. I own a couple dogs -- a very responsible yellow Lab named Honeybee and big, gentle retriever named Woody -- and the thought of violence coming to either of them is stomach-churning. Many of our readers have responded similarly, calling the shooting “despicable” and a dangerous abuse of power, among other things. Others are even angrier, and Hawthorne police report that their officers are receiving threats.
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July 5, 2013 | By Carla Hall
There are many disturbing questions raised by the dog shooting by Hawthorne police. The video of a police officer shooting the 80-pound Rottweiler, Max, as the dog's owner was being arrested has gone viral online and prompted outrage far beyond the South Bay city. The second most heartbreaking part of this video -- after the injured dog rolls over, flinching from the shots -- is the sound of the bystanders screaming and crying out in horror as they watch. The video shows five police cars blocking off a street and officers halfway down the block from Leon Rosby, who saunters back and forth as he videotapes the police action.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2013
The Hawthorne Police Department says it will investigate the shooting of a Rottweiler after a video of the incident went viral on the Internet. "I'm not saying it's justified, but even when it's justified, there are some learning points," Hawthorne police Lt. Scott Swain said. "Could we have done anything different? We'll look at all those facts. " Join Times reporter Matt Hamilton at 9 a.m. on L.A. Now Live to discuss the latest on the case. The incident Sunday was videotaped (note that it contains strong language and disturbing images)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A Los Angeles police officer shot and killed a pit bull Friday night after he was bitten by the dog while pursuing a parolee on foot, according to police. The incident occurred about 6 p.m. in the 1700 block of West 24th Street in South L.A., said Officer Rosario Herrera, a spokeswoman for the department. Two officers from the gang unit were on patrol when they spotted a known felon with a parole violation, according to the watch commander for the LAPD's Southwest Division.
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November 10, 1987 | JACK JONES, From Staff and Wire Reports
When Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies sent their dog sniffing into the bushes for the driver of an apparently stolen van in Carson early Monday, neither they nor he realized the incident would meet the criteria for news. Chris, an 8-year-old Rottweiler, quickly located Pablo Santiago, 26, and grabbed him by the leg. Santiago, deputies reported, bit back. Both held on grimly until the Rottweiler's handler, Deputy Dave Lloyd, reached them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton and Veronica Rocha
Hawthorne police are receiving threats after a video of officers fatally shooting a Rottweiler was posted on the Internet. The department is investigating all "credible" threats and beefing up security, spokesman Lt. Scott Swain said. No other details were provided. The controversy surrounds a video posted on YouTube showing a confrontation Sunday afternoon between police and Leon Rosby at 137th Street and Jefferson Avenue. Discussion: Weigh in on shooting of dog by Hawthorne police Officials and witnesses said Rosby, 52, stopped at the corner to shoot video of a police standoff.
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July 2, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
Leon Rosby was thrust into the spotlight after a video of his dog being fatally shot by Hawthorne police went viral, sparking outrage and raising the ire of local civil rights activists. The married father of three and ordained minister on Tuesday said the shooting was an act of retaliation by police for allegations he had made against the department. Police officials, meanwhile, issued new details about their investigation of the incident. Rosby, 52, said he was returning home from the park Sunday afternoon with his 2-year-old Rottweiler, Max. His home is about a block from 137th Street and Jefferson Avenue, where police officers were engaged in a nearly two-hour standoff with armed robbery suspects that ended with one suspect taken into custody.  Discussion: Weigh in on shooting of dog by Hawthorne police “I got out of the vehicle with my dog and took some video with my phone to make sure their civil rights weren't being violated,” Rosby said.
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