Hawthorne Police Launch Investigations in Wake of Police Shooting of Dog Whose Owner They Had Arrested

future training videoYouTubeThe Hawthorne Police Department in California will be investigating the man they arrested while he was filming police officers at a crime scene (for allegedly interfering with a police investigation) and promise to hold an “administrative investigation” into the actual shooting of the dog. Brian Doherty blogged about this earlier this week, when we learned police claim the man had his car stereo on too loud for them and that the man claims the arrest was in retaliation for previous complaints of his about the police department and its treatment of minorities. A spokesperson described what the internal affairs probe would look like:

“The administrative investigation will run its course and, depending on its findings and the outcome of that administrative investigation, the Hawthorne Police Department will take appropriate action with the officers involved,” said Lt. Greg Tomatini.

“The very least, as a result of the nature of this incident, and this organization’s desire to avoid a similar incident in the future, we’re absolutely going to use it as a training type of example,” Tomatini added.

An attempt by Internet users to identify the officers involved has also led to an art store in nearby Glendale to be flooded with angry and threatening phone calls because it shares the name of one of the Hawthorne police spokespersons identified in the original reports. Why they didn’t just do an internet search for a phone number to the police department itself is beyond me. According to CBS Los Angeles, Hawthorne police are working with police in Glendale to “sort out the misinformation.”

Hawthorne police are also asking the public not to rush to judgment about the police shooting, though the dog’s owner and many others are certainly wishing police hadn’t rushed to judgment and decided the way to deal with an upset dog was to blast him full of lead. Unfortunately that kind of rush to judgment is not rare.

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  • Marshall Gill||

    I took my boxer/bull terrier to the children's day camp, today. There were dozens of people and dogs and cats around and he just sat and let all the children pet him.

    Fucking, shit-eating, cock sucking pigs. I have decided that an unprovoked murder of my dog just might be enough to make me snap. I pray to Science that I don't find out.

  • Bryan C||

    "There were dozens of people and dogs and cats around..."

    Game over, man! Game over!

  • Tonio||

    blast him full of led

    Sigh. They weren't playing Jimmy Page at high volume, Krayewski.

  • Ed||

    I see what you did there. Thanks, fixed!

  • ||

    “The very least, as a result of the nature of this incident, and this organization’s desire to avoid a similar incident in the future, we’re absolutely going to use it as a training type of example,” Tomatini added.

    "Now see boys, this is a good example of how to suppress the populace. Only mistake? That other camera, the one filming? Make sure to shut that one off too."

  • IamNotEvil||

    Seize ALL the Camera's

    Shoot ALL the dogs

    Looks like they need to spend less time on icanhascheezburger and more time in the law library.

  • Loki||

    “The very least, as a result of the nature of this incident, and this organization’s desire to avoid a similar incident in the future, we’re absolutely going to use it as a training type of example,” Tomatini added.

    The Lesson: make sure there's no cameras recording the shooting. If there is a camera, make sure you intimidate the person filming into giving up their camera before they have a chance to upload the video to the intertubes. End of Lesson.

  • Otto Partz||

    I left a few comments on the initial thread that referenced this story. It revealed rage at the cops, cop lovers, all understandable of course. Cooler heads will prevail I hope. In all seriousness, if I had the chance to speak face-to-face to the cop responsible, I'd say that his actions actually endanger his fellow officers...and make them less safe. Because when a cop murders a dog (read: a family member), he'd best watch his back. If it was my dog that he shot, I'd have a difficult time watching him get an administrative slap on the wrist.
    Don't get me wrong. I generally support law enforcement. I grew up in metropolitan New Jersey, surrounded by both Jersey and NYPD officers. I served in an army airborne infantry unit-many of my fellow troopers went to work for law enforcement following service. But we were brought up by the old breed. Maybe we were fortunate to have leaders like we did. They cautioned us against the kind of cavalier actions that resulted in the death of this dog and more than likely resulted in even more hate against the police. We were counseled to always strive to take the high road, never forgetting that everyone puts their pants on the same way. Nobody is special. And ordinary civilians must be treated with respect. This cop just needs a good old-fashioned ass whooping, that's what he needs

  • sarcasmic||

    We were counseled to always strive to take the high road, never forgetting that everyone puts their pants on the same way.

    That's so quaint. Now office safety is all that matters. If it means killing dogs, children with remote controls, or homeless people who resist arrest, it's all justified in the name of officer safety.

  • Otto Partz||

    sarcasmic, what u think means quaint, means to me have some fucking respect for people in general. Please tell me ur not another cop-loving drone who can't think for him/herself

  • Calion||

    Otto, look closely at what you're responding to. Nobody's going to seriously and publicly advocate that police kill children in the name of safety.

  • Brendan||

    I went forward in time and learned the results of in the investigation:

    Dynamic situation in which shots were fire. Investigation of the police officer by other police officers has found that procedures were followed.

  • Combaticus||

    Those cops' belts are bristling with use-of-force "tools," but his first instinct was to go for the deadliest. Imagine if one of his rounds had hit a toddler.

  • GILMORE||

    "Imagine if one of his rounds had hit a toddler"

    The toddler would be investigated, and accused of 'crawling irresponsibly'

  • GILMORE||

    "Imagine if one of his rounds had hit a toddler"

    The toddler would be investigated, and accused of 'crawling irresponsibly'

  • Whahappan?||

    No, the dog owner would be charged.

  • GILMORE||

    we’re absolutely going to use it as a training type of example,” Tomatini added

    Over the next 6 months, with the cooperation of the local Animal Shelters, Hawthorne police then shot 275 dogs in similar example 'training' missions, producing some of the finest Dog-shooting officers in the country, capable of one-shot stops of Rotweillers, Mastiffs, and even a Great Dane*

    (*note: Shotgun employed)

  • Calion||

    Hey Ed, I know it's awesome that you're a Reason staffer and have access to the secret trove of Admin tags, but the rest of us proles have to make due with the publicly available tags (translation: Update the"not rare" link).

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