Swain’s art store in Glendale found itself as an unlikely target of public furry after an online video of a Hawthorne police officer shooting a Rottweiler to death went viral Monday.
How Swain’s got dragged into the public blowback appears to be the result of a roughshod search performed by a handful of bloggers. They apparently did a quick online search for the name of the only Hawthorne police officer associated to the shooting incident’s response — Scott Swain, the department’s spokesman. But even then, they pulled and posted the address for the art store.
So by Monday morning, not only was the public told to direct their anger at a police official who was merely acting as a spokesman, but they were disseminating the address of an art store 24 miles away in Glendale.
But by then, the damage had been done, spreading through social media sites. And that’s when the threatening and mean-spirited phone calls started.