After NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s career was almost ruined for taking part in a dog fιghting ring, some observers wondered whether society valued the life of dogs more than black men. This conversation is bound to be reignited now that a 17 year old black teen has been sentenced to 23 years behind bars for taking the life of a retired police dog during a burglary.
Ivins Rosier, 17, and two other teens broke into the home of a Florida trooper and gunned down his retired K-9. The dog passed away several days after the burglary.
Rosier was convicted in May for the break-in and shoοting the five year old German Shepherd named Drake.
Although Rosier was only 16 when he broke into the home of trooper Robert Boody in 2012, Judge Robin Rosenberg said sentencing requirements left her little choice but to throw the book at the teen.
In addition, Rosier’s history with police didn’t help his case any.
During trial, Boody wept as he described coming home to find Drake lying in a pool of bloοd critically wounded. Drake’s injuries were so severe that he eventually had to be euthanized.
Rosier admitted to Palm Beach County police that he was the one who shοt Drake.