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Police Shoot Young Rottweiler in Front of Owner During Arrest

A young rottweiler was shot and killed by Hawthorne police officers as they arrested his owner Sunday for obstructing justice at a crime scene. The dog was shot four times and the incident was videotaped by the man, who has a pending court case of police harassment against Hawthorne officers. [Gabriel Martinez via YouTube]

A young rottweiler was shot and killed by Hawthorne police officers as they arrested his owner Sunday for obstructing justice at a crime scene. The dog was shot four times and the incident was videotaped by the man, who has a pending court case of police harassment against Hawthorne officers. [Gabriel Martinez via YouTube]

“All he did was love me.” – Gabriel Martinez, owner of dog shot by Hawthorne police

THE STORY of a young rottweiler being shot in front of its owner has gone viral, the video sparking outrage that’s now gone international. There is perhaps nothing that captures the attention of the public like the brutal treatment of an animal, especially when it’s someone’s pet.

The man, Gabriel Martinez, was being arrested for videotaping the police.

The Daily Mail has a moment by moment pictorial, but like the video, it’s heart wrenching to watch, which is why I won’t post it.

From the Daily Breeze on Monday:

Once police arrested the suspected robber, officers motioned to Rosby and began walking toward him. Swain said they intended to arrest him and told him to put the dog in his car. He complied.

The video shows him putting the dog in the car, but leaving the windows open. Rosby said he walked toward officers, turned and put his hands behind his back, and waited for them to arrest him. The video shows the dog barking as officers took him into custody.

Suddenly, the 130-pound, 3-year-old dog jumped out of the car and ran at them.

“I said, ‘No, Max!’ ” Rosby said. The dog is seen lunging at the officer, who fired several shots.

“He literally shot my puppy I had since he was 6 weeks old,” Rosby said.

The dog died in the street.

“I was crying and hollering, ‘My dog! My dog! Max! Max!’ ” he said.

I’m very squeamish when it comes to anything having to do with animals, having rescued far too many in my life, including birds. It’s just too hard for me to imagine watching my beloved animal being shot and killed in front of me simply for protecting me. I’d never forgive myself for not rolling up the window; for not thinking clearly that my pet could easily jump out of the window.

Rottweilers can be dangerous dogs, there’s no doubt about it.

But why don’t the police carry pepper spray? When my husband was a gas technician that’s what he carried and he easily fended off dogs when he went into back yards to do his job.

The police overreacted and their behavior is inexcusable. A simple can of pepper spray would have easily stopped the dog in his tracks long enough for them to get the upper hand on the animal without shooting him in front of his owner.

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2 Responses to Police Shoot Young Rottweiler in Front of Owner During Arrest

  1. Cujo359 July 2, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Arresting someone for “obstruction of justice” when he’s taking a video of them doing their jobs as public servants strikes me as an overreach, too. At least some of those cops are dangerous – they seem more interested in asserting power than they are in doing their jobs properly. Someday, they will probably shoot a person when they didn’t have to. Thank goodness no one will make the mistake of videotaping them as they do it.

  2. giantslor July 3, 2013 at 3:32 am #

    “A simple can of pepper spray would have easily stopped the dog in his tracks”

    And this applies to so, so many more situations. Imagine if every gun used for personal protection were replaced by pepper spray or a tazer.

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