Pledge For Peace
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Omaha City Council signed the pledge todayPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
Omaha, NE - An initiative to curb violence in and around Omaha keeps growing. Government leaders are now joining the cause.
The Empowerment Network created the Pledge for Peace in September, asking churches, community groups and individuals to sign the pledge and take actions to prevent violence. After the murder of two teenagers in October, students at Omaha high schools joined the movement. Tuesday,members of the Douglas County Board and Omaha City Council all signed on.
"It's symbolic because it's a pledge but it also means it's time to step up. It puts a tip, a point on the spear, if you will, to make this a priority in this community which I feel it has been but let’s give it a little more of a push with this pledge,” said Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer.
At Tuesday's city council meeting, there was some opposition, calling the pledge an empty resolution instead of an actual solution. Councilman Garry Gernandt was outraged by the critical statements, "I signed my name to this and I'm going to do whatever I can to help out, so give us a chance to do some of these things," Gernandt said.
Two people who opposed the Omaha City Council's approval of the pledge for peace were escorted out of the meeting.