FILER, Idaho • City officials say Officer Tarek Hassani, who gained national attention last month after shooting a dog, will remain on the city payroll pending additional training.
Some at Tuesday evening’s Filer City Council meeting expressed outrage at the news and, minutes later, residents were outside the city hall making plans to recall city officials.
On Feb. 8, Hassani shot and killed “Hooch,” a black Labrador running loose in a west Filer neighborhood. The dash-cam video from Hassani’s cruiser, first posted on Magicvalley.com, sparked a national outcry.
Protesters gathered several times since the shooting, demanding that Hassani be fired.
Mayor Rick Dunn said Tuesday the City Council took the results of a Nampa Police Department investigation — and public opinion — into consideration while determining Hassani's future.
“I got a great education on how to handle animals,” Dunn said.
Hassani will remain on administrative leave, but will receive the additional training, Dunn said.
Animal-control training is lacking in most police forces, Dunn said. And he wants to change that.
Filer plans to provide animal-control training to its police force, as well as training in “how to deal with the public,” he said.
Filer resident Bonnie Deitrick was not surprised at the announcement.
“I think they’re trying to train a bad apple,” Deitrick said.
All but three of the 27 people who voiced their opinions last week to the City Council said they no longer feel safe in Filer.
Dunn said he couldn’t release any further information about Hassani's future because it was a personnel matter.
Nampa police's investigation found that Hassani was justified in shooting Hooch. However, the report criticized some of Hassani's actions before and after the shooting.
Hassani was cleared in August 2010 of a shooting of a man following a pursuit.