The owner of a Rottweiler shot dead by Hawthorne police was acquitted Monday of a charge that he dissuaded a witness from prosecuting a crime, but a jury deadlocked on two counts of obstructing police.
The jurors, who began deliberations Friday, told a judge at the Airport Courthouse that they were unable to reach unanimous agreement on the two obstruction counts against Leon Cordell Rosby, 53.
Rosby has filed suit against the city and Hawthorne police, alleging civil rights violations and infliction of emotional distress.
He made headlines after a graphic video of the June 30, 2013, shooting of his dog Max was posted on YouTube, resulting in millions of views.
Rosby had been taking photos at the scene of a barricade situation near 137th Street and Jefferson Avenue when police determined he was interfering with officers and moved to arrest him.
Apparently acting to protect his owner, Max jumped out of the backseat of Rosby’s car and began lunging at the officers, one of whom fired four shots, killing the dog.
Officers seen in the video were placed on desk duty after threats were made against them and their families.
Prosecutors had alleged that Rosby confronted a woman who also videotaped the shooting. The Hawthorne Police Department released that video, saying it showed more of the incident.
— City News Service