Police Kill Dog in California, Disturbing Footage Captured on Camera

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WARNING: The following footage is graphic in nature.

In a video posted June 30, we see cops in Hawthorne, California surround a home on a local street.

We also see a man named Leon Rosby taking a cell phone video of the situation, eventually yelling something about a "civil rights violation" that catches the attention of the officers.

Rosby puts his leashed dog in his car... walks up to the officers and places his hands behind his back, in anticipation of an arrest... only for the dog to escape through an open window, barking and showing aggression toward the officers.

When it jumps in their face, the officers open fire, leaving the dog twitching on the ground. It's very disturbing stuff:

"It looks like the officer tried to reach down and grab the leash, and then the dog lunges in the direction of him and the other officers there," Hawthorne police Lt. Scott Swain told The Daily Breeze of the incident.

"And I know it's the dog's master, and more than likely not going to attack him, (but) we've got a guy handcuffed that's kind of defenseless. We have a duty to defend him, too."

The canine, a Rottweiler named Max, was two years old.

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