This is not exactly photography related, but considering I was one of the first news sites to post the video of a California cop killing a dog while arresting its owner for video recording them, I wanted to provide this follow-up.
The story went completely viral, so a Facebook page went up called Justice for Max the Rottweiler – Murdered by Hawthorne Police that has 15,739 likes in less than a month, which is an astronomical number if you compare it to PINAC’s Facebook page that has 11,600 fans after two years.
The problem is, they’ve banned Max’s owner, Leon Rosby, from participating on that page as well as several of his friends.
Nevertheless, this is how they describe the page:
We’re a group demanding justice for Max, the innocent rottweiler, who was shot and killed by police when they arrested his owner for filming a situation from a public area (which is not illegal!!)
The debacle is being discussed on Rosby’s page where we became friends but he currently has set to only where his friends can read his content. I’ve asked him to switch the page to public so everybody can read for themselves because it’s a lengthy discussion on several threads.
But if you send him a friend request, he will accept.
The administrators of the other page refuse to identify themselves and may even be making money off the site, but that has not been determined. They’re claiming they’re only using Max’s name to benefit all dogs.
But they apparently accused Rosby of stealing their photo of Max, which was his photo in the first place. At least that’s what Rosby’s friends are saying.
The administrators are welcome to comment here and explain the situation and I will update this piece accordingly. I just don’t feel like dealing with anonymous people at the moment.
And friends of Leon on Facebook say he has trademarked Max’s name, so if so, then I imagine he can sue them for infringement.
Here are copy and pastes of the conversation we’re having on Facebook, which will help you understand the situation that I am still trying to piece together, starting with one from Rosby:
@ (Justice for Max the Rottweiler – Murdered by Hawthorne Police) I just read a comment from you guy’s once again and you said it’s not about me and Max but about all the animals that are abused. I agree to that somewhat. Now, if that’s the case use another name in stead of Justice for Max. The incident happen to us! I will get Facebook to deleted the page. I don’t feel that you guy’s are being truthful and up front with all the supporters. Justice 4 Max, it mean more than just getting someone to LIKE a PAGE! I would like to thank all the supporters that want JUSTICE FOR ME AND MAX……….*****
Tamara Rivera I believe there’s someway she’s making money off of this page. If u dnt have time to tlk to maxs owner on the phone but have time to run the page…theres something fishy. She stated a bunch of times she’s a social media manager and she has tons of other pages…so someway she’s making money off of this, and that’s why she doesn’t want suggestions to help her page out with accurate and important info abt what’s going on with leon and his fight for justice 4 max. So with that said, we need to try and get everyone on one official page with leon as the admin like he is doing now. We need organization and we dnt need that page for anything!
Tamara Rivera Without leon and all his info from his supporters they wouldn’t have their page in the first place. They have my pic inside of their collage on their cover photo but u dnt see me upset lo
UPDATE: The Justice for Max page also lists the following disclaimer that they are in no way affiliated to Max and his owner.
**Disclaimer: This page is in no way directly affiliated with or run by Max’s owner, Leon Rosby, or his legal team, though we may choose to post information that they have provided if deemed appropriate.Please TAKE ACTION and JOIN THE FIGHT – sign the petitions below!Here is the WHITE HOUSE PETITION:https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/terminate-officer-jeffrey-salmon-hawthorne-police-department/1jyg1MvnHere is the CHANGE.ORG PETITION:http://www.change.org/petitions/police-unlawful-arrest-and-animal-brutality-prosecute-the-corrupted-hawthorne-copsWe want #JUSTICEforMAX, the innocent rottweiler owned by Leon Rosby, who was brutally murdered by officer Salmon of the Hawthorne Police department. Leon was practicing his constitutional right to photograph a situation from a public area (according to the ACLU:http://www.aclu.org/free-speech/know-your-rights-photographers), when he was arrested. He complied with the officers and put his dog, Max, back in his car before complying with the arrest. Unfortunately, because it was hot outside, the windows were down and the dog curiously jumped out of the car when his owner was being taken away. Instead of using alternative force, such as tackling, kicking, a baton, pepper spray, a taser, or anything else that the officer could have chosen besides his firearm, he made the CHOICE to use DEADLY FORCE against the dog, who was frightened and confused. Please join us in the fight for #JUSTICE!!
There doesn’t seem to be any monetary incentives on the site but on several posts throughout the page they state that the falling out with Rosby is because he has asked them to identify themselves and they refuse, which seems weird considering they are using Max’s name to promote the cause they believe in.
After all, you can’t have Justice for Max without having justice for Rosby because not only was it his dog killed, but he was the one who was jailed for video recording cops.
Rosby, who is already immersed in a lawsuit with the Hawthorne Police Department, should get an even higher settlement because of this latest incident.
That other group is asking everybody to sign petitions with their real names yet they refuse to reveal their real names.
If that’s the case, then they should not use Max’s name to further their agenda when Rosby is the one who is really seeking to make the Hawthorne Police Department pay for the murder of his dog.
UPDATE II: Here is a lengthy comment left on Rosby’s Facebook page that gives detailed background on the situation: