Target: Hawthorne, California Police Department
Goal: Arrest the officer who shot and killed Max the dog for trying to come to his owner’s aid
Southern California Officer Jeffrey Solmon has become notorious recently for shooting and killing a dog whose owner was being arrested for playing his music too loudly during a police barricade situation.
The owner, Leon Rosby, left his Rottweiler Max in his car as he complied to being arrested. Distressed, Max jumped out of the car’s window in response to his owner being taken away. Although he advanced toward them, he stopped and seemed calm as he sniffed the ground where Rosby had dropped his wallet. As one of the officers tried to reach down towards Max’s dog collar or leash, Max became agitated and defensive due to the stranger’s close proximity and got up on his hind legs.
The officer, Jeffrey Slomon, saw it fit to respond by shooting the two-year old Rottweiler four times, even though it was clear that one shot was enough for Max to walk away. Max stumbled into the street and lay on the ground, twitching and whimpering until he died.
This all happened in front of a crowd of people, distressing the onlookers, including a sixteen-year-old girl who said the event traumatized her.
Officer Jeffrey Solmon must be punished. Four gun shots was excessive for a dog, especially when he could have used the non-lethal alternatives every officer carries. This needs to be held as a national example of this type of careless reaction being unacceptable and punishable. According to the ASPCA, about half of all police shootings involve shooting a dog, even though the majority of the time these dogs are only trying the defend their homes and families.
In addition, Officer Solmon has been charged with police brutality in the past, and now this is pushing it too far. He needs to be removed from his position before he causes further trouble.
Dear Lt. Scott Swain,
As you know, on June 30th, one of your officers repeatedly shot and killed a Rottweiler by the name of Max, and I believe he did so unnecessarily and should therefore be punished.
Although the owner, Leon Rosby, was handcuffed, he was not in danger of his own dog as you had stated previously. Max was a well-behaved dog and actually seemed to be trying to come to his owner’s aid, seeing as though Rosby was being taken away by strangers in Max’s perspective. Max’s response to the officers was neither life threatening nor vicious; he was just trying to defend himself and his owner.
Officer Jeffrey Solmon’s reaction to Max was careless and unthoughtful, unnecessarily ending the life of an innocent dog. One shot, not four, was enough to have Max walk away. In addition, other non-lethal alternatives were available. Instead, what resulted was a distressing public murder of an animal many of us would consider family in our own homes.
Max stumbled into the street and lay on the ground, twitching and whimpering until he lay dead. This distressed not only Max’s owner, but the onlookers on the street that day, as well as countless others across the nation who learned of this brutality.
Officer Solmon must be punished, and I urge you to do so by relieving him of his duties as officer and thus show other police officers that this type of thoughtless behavior in unacceptable and punishable. He has had past charges of police brutality, and this event further disgraces him and shows that he is not considerate of his power as a police officer.
[Your Name Here]
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