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Filer man hires lawyer after dog shot by police officer

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Filer man hires lawyer after dog shot by police officer

By On Your Side. CREATED Feb 18, 2014

A man whose dog was shot and killed by a Filer police officer has hired a lawyer. Rick Clubb says he has hired Boise attorney Nate Peterson to represent him.

Peterson says Clubb’s Fourth Amendment rights, the protection from unreasonable search and seizure, were violated when Officer Tarek Hassani shot and killed Clubb’s dog, Hootch. Peterson calls Hassani’s actions a case of "gross misconduct."

Many in the small town of Filer agree. They're expected to turn out to support Clubb at tonight’s city council meeting. That’s despite the fact council members say they will not discuss the shooting until an independent review by the Nampa Police Department is done.

Officer Hassani is on paid administrative leave tonight pending the outcome of that investigation.

Hassani is the only person named in the suit, but Clubb’s attorney says that could change.

One supporter of the officer says he believes Hassani was justified in the shooting and has seen Clubb's dogs act aggressively.