Baton Rouge, LA – A Baton Rouge juvenile court judge refused to sign a warrant for a teen who was recorded on video torturing two dogs.
Juvenile Court Judge Pamela Johnson’s refusal to sign the warrant sparked outrage across the country, with thousands of people demanding the judge be replaced, according to media reports.
After the outrage spread, the judge was replaced on the case.
However, information was not available about who made the decision to remove Johnson and the name of new judge.
“A warrant was put together with the evidence including the video, statements from other witnesses, and a positive ID of the juvenile defendant by the family and other witnesses,” Sheriff Stassi said.
The sheriff said information was brought “to a judge in Baton Rouge and, at this time, she refused to sign the warrant where we could bring this young man to justice.”
The video showed a young man grabbing the leashes of two small dogs, then pulling them off the ground and swinging them around like helicopter blades.
Then the video showed he let go of the leashes, and the dogs were flung into the middle of street, where they let out squeals of pain as they slammed into the pavement.
Police said they had found the owners of the dogs, and the animals had recovered and were doing well.
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore released a statement about the case on Jan. 11, and said state law restricted authorities from talking about specifics of the case because the suspect was a juvenile.
“I can affirm that the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s office has filed delinquency petitions against a juvenile alleging cruelty to an animal, a misdemeanor offense,” Moore said.
“Juvenile matters are confidential unless they are statutorily enumerated as a crime of violence. They are also closed to the public,” Moore explained in the statement. “Under Louisiana law, this offense is not classified as a crime of violence. Therefore, no further comment can be made as to this particular offense, the alleged offender and the specifics of this case.”
“Rest assured, we will zealously pursue this matter through final adjudication,” he promised.
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You can see the video of the animal abuse below. (WARNING: Disturbing Content):