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Black teenager sentenced to 23 years in prison for shooting a dog


A black teenager will spend over two decades in prison for killing a dog. According to Sun Sentinel, Ivins Rosier, 17, and his friends broke into the home of a Florida state trooper and burglarized the house.

During the burglary, Rosier shot a retired police dog who was barking. Five days after the German Shepard dog was shot, he was euthanized. Rosier was arrested and tried as an adult for shooting the dog.

A law enforcement agent lied to Rosier and told him that killing a police dog was similar to shooting a police officer. However, since the dog was retired, the teen could not be charged with murdering a police officer.

The teen’s defense attorneys argued that the indictment violated his right to be sentenced as a juvenile and the police lied in order to get a confession from the teen.

On July 11, Circuit Judge Robin Rosenberg handed Rosier a sentence that is usually given to those who kill human beings. Rosier was sentenced to 23 years in prison. If he was tried as a youthful offender, Rosier would have only received 6 years in prison.

Rosier’s lawyers called the sentence a “sadistic” punishment to be given to a child. His lawyers also said they will seek a new trial.


  1. kate on July 12, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    In light of the rash of police shooting and slashing the throats of people’s beloved pets while they are in their own yards, I can’t help but think the severe sentence this guy got was because it was the home of, and the dog of, a law enforcement officer. Now, I’m NOT condoning breaking and entering, or the shooting of dogs, but I can’t help but think the sentence was affected by who the victim was.

  2. Atlanta Owner on July 13, 2014 at 2:01 am

    Oh PLEASE. He is NOT a “child” – he’s a young man who is old enough to drive and months away from being able to vote. And he was armed with a loaded gun – and broke into someone’s house. For that ALONE he should get 20+ years. Shooting the Dog whether it was “active duty police” or not is irrelevant. Treat him like a child and give him 6 years and he’ll be back out doing it all again within hours of his release. No ladies and gentlemen – this “child” knew exactly what his actions were, like an adult, and he should be treated as such – regardless of the color of his skin.

    • alg1052 on July 13, 2014 at 2:14 am

      I bet you are white.

      • Devin Clarke on July 13, 2014 at 2:10 pm

        and I bet you are another typical Black ASS HAT, that blames white folks for all your problems… That kid is a menace to society and the very reason why are communities have so many problems…and Black folks like you always making excuses for N behavior..

        • Greg Lewis on July 15, 2014 at 11:43 pm

          Da same police make a excuse when they wants to lock a black man up

          • Debra Mulgrew on September 23, 2016 at 11:29 am

            it is a 2 way street dam a black police man locked me up because i wouldn’t tell them who my father was and i was 36 at that time having trouble with a tenant but us whiteys don’t whine like pitiful idiots and we don’t get the news coverage in the media like blacks

      • Atlanta Owner on July 13, 2014 at 4:20 pm

        And I’ll bet you are wrong (aside from betting even more that you’re an idiot)

    • Gregory on July 15, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      Shut up

  3. Brian Hughes on July 13, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Wow. So your complaint is that this SEVENTEEN year old thug who was carrying a gun while burglarizing a house should have been treated as a wayward child?

    • Devin Clarke on July 13, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      I agree 100% that kid is dangerous and would have killed someone eventually if he hasnt already..

  4. Devin Clarke on July 13, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    And here we go again with this Black and white Bull crap…. For one he broke into someones house carrying a loaded gun.. ask yourself why? what was he going to do if he confronted someone in that house? two, instead of a human he shot a dog, but no doubt he would have killed a person if confronted..he didnt get all that time for shooting a dog, he got it for burglary and carrying a pistol that could have been any of our families.. I am Black as hell and proud of it , I get tired of Black people using race in every situation instead of owning up our side of things. This Kid was dangerous and would have eventually killed someone if he hasnt already. I have known many criminals when I was younger and none of them would have broke into a house carrying a gun unless they planned to use it.. Stop complaining and defending Black trash affecting our community and stop crying racism all the time..

    • Mya on July 14, 2014 at 10:11 am

      YOU know and I know that this was some RACIST CRAP! Yes as an African American I get tired of racism, but GUESS WHAT, IT AIN’T GOING AWAY no matter hos much of a blind eye you turn. That young white rich boy who killed those people got a few years at a posh “recovery center” and this young man kills a dog and gets 23 years??? DO THE MATH and stop being so stupid! It’s not about defending “trash” it’s about defending and demanding JUSTICE which has failed this young man!

    • djs on July 19, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      the point is would a white person get the same amount of time? Whites/minorities are not treated the same when it comes to the judicial system. People don’t want to admit that.

  5. Mya on July 14, 2014 at 10:08 am

    I am ALL for convicting people who abuse or kill animals, BUT what kind of system do we have where people can take a human life, plot their own husband’s murder and have a boyfriend to carry it out, smother babies, rape and sell young girls and they get off or a few years and this young man gets 23 YEARS?????????? This is ridiculous and whether WHITE America want to admit or not this was some RACIST CRAP! This young man obviously needs help, not to be locked up because YES, his next steps may be to do something even more dangerous, but just throwing him in jail is not the answer!

    • Devin Clarke on July 14, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      Its Blacks like you that make us look weak and like we are childlike… I dont see you saying a single word about all the Big fat, load mouth Black females abusing their children. I dont hear you saying a word about all the Black men that impregnate Black women and dont stick around. I dont hear you saying a word about all the Black men killing other Black men at retarded rates in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Detroit? where is your outrage for that ? You talk about Justice for this Kid that is just like too many of our young Black males..Stop crying racism all the time AND CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE.. Black folks are such hypocrites and blame white folks for everything wrong we do ..Just like you…

      • Nine lives on July 15, 2014 at 1:21 am

        Dude STFU because u a coon to the 5th power!

      • James on July 16, 2014 at 11:37 am


        • Devin Clarke on July 19, 2014 at 5:05 pm

          and you niggas kill each other at 10 times the rate the white man is ….

          • Lyric on July 23, 2014 at 12:03 pm

            Oh such simple minded people like you are such a disgrace and a waste!

      • Mya on July 23, 2014 at 11:59 am

        Um, this article isn’t about fathers not stepping up to their responsibility first off, second “make us look weak”??? Only YOU can do that which you succeeded at with your statements. I merely stated a fact that we ALL know is true. The judicial system is NOT designed for any minority that is no secret and that is what we are discussing here, not women abusing their kids or people killing in Chicago. And “Crying Racism??” No one is crying anything, like I said, stating the facts buddy. I don’t need to change my attitude because I see what’s up and do something about it every damn day like mentoring AA males and females, volunteering in my community, etc. WTF are you doing in addition to posting moronic remarks and sounding like the next white person who believes RACISM is a thing of the past????? IDIOT, as soon as you forget where the hell we came from and turn a blind eye to what’s going on, that’s when you have lost the battle and your little rants on RO won’t save you or any other person color. NO ONE IS BLAMING, IT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING BEFORE OUR EYES DUMB A$$ and there is nothing wrong with stating that, HOWEVER there is something wrong when we say it and do nothing about it! BIG DIFFERENCE MORON!

  6. Always.Right! on July 21, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    No matter if he’s black or white or indeed did break a entry, its wrong to sentence him to 23 years in jail for killing a pet that in dog years, probably would have died soon anyway. Yea i believe race played a BIG FACTORY!