California man whose dog was shot by police charged with intimidating a witness

By Arturo Garcia
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 9:24 EDT
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Dog owner Leon Rosby accused of intimidating witness [KTLA-TV]
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The California man involved in a wave of outrage against local police who shot his dog has been charged with intimidating a witness in the case.

KTLA-TV reported on Tuesday that 52-year-old Leon Rosby turned himself in after being accused of confronting a woman who filmed the encounter between Rosby and Hawthorne, California police that resulted in the shooting death of his rottweiler. The woman’s video shows more of Rosby’s interaction with officers before the dog was shot and killed.

One video of the June 2013 confrontation received widespread attention online, leading to complaints against both authorities and, in one case, a local business mistaken for police.
Rosby has argued that police have harassed him for years prior to the shooting.

“The videos have shown that these cops killed this dog for absolutely no reason,” Rosby’s attorney, Mark Geragos, told KTLA. “That’s precisely why the cops now are scrambling to try to get him convicted, get him into custody and do anything else in order to try and turn the spotlight away from their actions.”

Watch KTLA’s report on the charges against Rosby, aired Tuesday, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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