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Hundreds Rally to Demand Action Against Officer Who Shot Filer Man's Dog
Filer, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV )Hundreds gathered in Filer Wednesday demanding action.
A city police officer used deadly force on Saturday after responding to a call of dogs on the loose, and it was all caught on camera.
Since the story broke, the video has gone viral and people across the country are outraged by how the situation was handled.
People have been taking to Facebook to voice their opinion on the situation, but Wednesday hundreds showed up in filer to make sure their voices are being heard.
Filer resident Mark Deaton said, “Officer Hassani elected to use deadly force as his first choice, and we believe it's unacceptable.”
The dash cam was rolling as officer Tarek Hassani responded to a call of dogs at large.
Within minutes Hassani shot and killed a black lab named Hooch, who he claims was being aggressive.
Since the news of the shooting broke, people here and across the nation have responded, demanding he lose his job.
Mark Deaton is one of them, “As far I'm concerned we're unsafe with an officer like Hassani patrolling this town with a gun in his hand.”
Deaton created a Facebook page called 'Officer Hassani Get Out of Filer' that has gained over 8,000 followers since Sunday night.
From the page he was able to rally people from the gem state to show their support for hooch's owner, Rick Clubb, “We decided to create the page within ten minutes so that people could get together and get organized to do something like this.”
Hundreds of supporters showed up, calling for Officer Hassani's job, but there are people on the other side who think he was justified in his actions.
Filer resident Natalie White said, “I think he did what he felt was necessary in a threatening situation. It was unpredictable. I have dogs but if they were going to act that way toward somebody I would expect them to protect themselves.”
Natalie and her husband created a Facebook page supporting the officer, saying he is not the bad guy he is being portrayed as, “He's not a bad guy, he's not a bad cop, and I don't think he had any intention whatsoever of having that kind of outcome. We just want him to know he's got support and the chief to know he's got support.”
The City of Filer has since contacted an outside agency to investigate how the situation was handled.
A situation the small town of Filer won't soon forget.
Yesterday Filer Mayor Richard Dunn said the officer has since been put on administrative leave.