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Hawthorne, California Dog Shooting:Justified Or Not-You Be The Judge

Updated on January 6, 2015
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Greg has many opinions when it comes to politics and education. He has no qualms with voicing his opinion..

The following video has gone viral.

The Location:

Hawthorne, California.

The Reason For So Many Police:

Investigation of an armed robbery.

This video is not for those young children. It is extremely violent.

Following the video will be a poll. Please vote in it and then read all the rest of the particulars that have been uncovered. There will be a final poll.

Please tell us in the comments section if you changed your vote and why.

I will attempt to write this as one who has no opinion. I do have my opinions, but I am very curious how the rest of you think.

Here is the video:


Was the police officer justified in shooting this dog?

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Hawthorne, California Laws

I found that there is a California law that prohibits any citizens with video taping police. This law has been argued and it has been won by many who have been arrested for videotaping. The law does have the ability to arrest you in California though.

If you listen to eyewitnesses, the man with the dog was blaring music very loud. This is also against the law. It is called disturbing the peace and interfering with police action.

If you look at the video clearly, the car the man was driving was also illegally parked.

These are some of the things you must consider before deciding this case.

Hawthorne, The Place

I decided to take a close look at the crime rate in Hawthorne, California. I know that when I lived in Southern California, I was told to stay away from Hawthorne. It seems to be very crime ridden.

This link will show all, but here are just a few statistics:

Violent crime rate in 2011 was 401.5. The United States average was 213.6. Murders, rapes and robberies are a common occurrence in this Los Angeles area. The crime rate in Hawthorne is much higher than all other areas surrounding it.

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The man with the dog is named Leon Rosby.

He has had difficulty with Hawthorne police before. He has been convicted several times and has accused police of mistreatment many times.

The following video is Leon describing his feelings of when his dog was shot.

The Cop

It is not guaranteed, but Leon claims the cop who shot his dog was one Officer Jeff Salmon.

When you do a search of this Hawthorne cop, you will find he was involved in a 2006 incident where a man was kicked multiple times by multiple officers. Salmon admitted he was one who was kicking.

Hawthorne, California settled the case for one million dollars.

Facts are facts. Hawthorne has settled out of court many cases involving the police department. They have settled for over two million dollars in maltreatment cases between the years 2004-2009.


The Dog

We don't know a whole lot about Leon's dog.

There are some interesting things you should consider though when watching the first video. His dog was well mannered. He was a huge dog, but he was being led on a leash that you would use for a much smaller animal. Many untrained dogs would have broken that leash in a second.

The dog was very behaved when put into the car. He didn't react until he thought his master was being assaulted.

Watch the video very close. The dog was backing away because of orders from Leon. I did not see it try to bite the officer. No claims have been made that anyone was bit.

Watch further. The dog was suffering from the several shots. Any one with heart would have at least given it one last shot to the head to end the suffering.


Ok, here is your opportunity to change your vote.

Was the cop justified?

Do keep in mind that there were other citizens in the vicinity including children.

After you vote, I will have just a few comments that I must interject. I hope that I never see a video of this kind ever again.

Final Vote

After the rest of the story, was the officer justified in shooting the dog?

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My Thoughts

First, Leon you were kind of stupid. You endangered your dog. You have been through this with Hawthorne cops before; you should have knew this could happen.

Leon could have rolled up the windows enough that his dog didn't escape.

Why was he blaring music when the cops were trying to find a robbery suspect?

C'mon Leon. You knew better.

Jeff Salmon. Should you be a cop? You have assaulted before and you probably will again. What if one of those bullets would have hit a bystander?

Yes, Hawthorne is a very dangerous place.

What I see in this circumstance was two stupid idiots that made Hawthorne look bad again.

My impression is that Leon has shown stupidity before and probably will again. His stupidity can be overlooked, because he was probably born that way.

As for a Public Servants stupidity in this case and others. No, it cannot be overlooked. No cops or their bosses should be able to settle out of court. It should always go the full extent in my opinion. Public Servants should always be held to higher standards.

If someone shot a police dog, it would be deemed murder.

What about this dog? Was it murder?

Ok, one more poll for those of you who feel the cop was guilty.

Only For Those Who Feel The Cop Was Wrong

What should the sentence be if Jeff Salmon is guilty of killing Leon's dog?

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Maybe that last poll had a bit of humor in it, but there is nothing humorous about this at all.

I hope I never see another thing like this again, but as long as there are ignorant people, we probably will.

© G.L. Boudonck

© 2013 Greg Boudonck


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      PAS 4 years ago

      "Little Man Syndrome" was the reason for shooting, there was no need but what is worse, there was a desire.

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      LauraGT 4 years ago from MA

      It's really unclear why this guy was even being arrested. He does not seem to have been posing any type of threat - the officers were standing there kind of watching him for a while, and then it seems like he was being compliant with their requests and not resisting arrest. It seems like the whole situation could have been handled much better. Many people are saying he should have better secured his dog. Of course in hind sight that might have been smart, but I doubt he thought it through as he was being confronted by the police or that he understood that he was going to be cuffed and taken away.

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      Greg Boudonck 4 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Yes, the police could have handled it in a much better way.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      I have to say it...this was abusive. Police should prevent by all means. I have so much to really say in this case from lack of professionalism to prejudice.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      1 Peter 2: 13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. 15 For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. 16 Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. 17 Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.