Residents of Flier, Idaho are so irate over a police officer shooting a disabled man’s dog that some have started an effort to recall the mayor and every member of the city council for letting the cop keep his job.
Officer Tarek Hassani was recorded on video shooting the dog at point blank range after responding to a call about loose dogs. Dashboard cameras recorded the 7-year-old dog Hooch, and another dog, barking at the officer. Hassani kicked the dog and then shot and killed him.
Officials held public hearings but decided to keep Hassani in the department, calling the shooting “justified.” An independent inquiry by the Police Department of Nampa also said the shooting was justified but noted that the officer did not act correctly and should have stayed in his car, called the owner of the dog, and called for backup.
Local residents were not happy with the decision and filed petitions on Tuesday to recall Mayor Rick Dunn and all four members of the Flier City Council, a town of about 2,500 people.
Dunn isn’t upset at all and says “I think they’re going to do their best to make the recall work. They only needed 20 (signatures) to start the process, and they’ve gotten that far.”
Organizers now have 75 days to get the required 201 signatures to force a recall election. That number amounts of 20 percent of the town’s registered voters.
The police have taken their own measures. Officials have now scheduled mandatory courses for officers to train to deal with aggressive dogs.