Nampa police will investigate Filer dog-shooting

February 13, 2014 

Nampa police have agreed to investigate a Filer police officer's shooting of a black labrador in its owner's front yard last weekend.

The dog died, the officer's dash-cam video was released publicly and the incident spurred widespread outrage and calls, including a public rally, for Officer Tarek Hassani to be fired. Hassani was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation, but his chief said that, based on the video, Hassani acted appropriately.

Filer police and the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program called Nampa police Wednesday and asked them to handle the investigation into Hassani's use of deadly force, NPD Sgt. Tim Randall said Thursday. The probe will focus on police policy and procedures and will not delve into issues of criminal conduct, he said. Those issues will be weighed by a prosecutor after the NPD investigation is completed, he said.

It is unclear how long the investigation will take, Randall said.

Hassani was responding to a complaint of dogs at large when he went to the home of Rick Clubb Feb. 8. The police video shows two dogs barking at Hassani and blocking him as he walked toward the house. Hassani drew his gun, kicked at the black dog and, seconds later, shot it, according to the video. Hassani told Clubb the dog, named Hooch, tried to bite him, he'd been seriously bitten before and he wasn't going to let it happen again. Clubb insists the dog was not aggressive and that Hassani should be fired and the city sued.

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