Omaha Mayor Comments on Recent OPD Excessive Force Allegations
CREATED Mar. 25, 2013
Omaha - Monday Mayor Jim Suttle announced he is taking the recent excessive force allegations against the Omaha Police Department seriously.
Mayor Suttle said, "We take allegations of abuse or the use of excessive force by any police officer seriously."
"We've worked hard to gain public trust and will do what's necessary to ensure that trust is not broken. The City and its Police Officers have made great strides in developing a good working relationship with the people they serve. This positive relationship has strengthened Omaha's community policing efforts and helped us reduce crime."
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer authorized an internal investigation after a KMTV Action 3 News aired video Thursday night from a neighbors cell phone of an altercation between officers and residents outside of a home at 33rd and Seward.
The showed an officer throwing Octavious Johnson to the ground.
The Johnson family says police used excessive force punching him three time in the face.
The officer's report says Johnson became "argumentative and aggressive and had to be taken down."
Mayor Suttle says he is "Confident that Chief Schmaderer will address any violations of our Police
Department's professional standards in an appropriate fashion."