Group Kicked Out of City Meeting For Protesting Rough Arrest
Protesters held signs during city council meeting expressing their anger over rough arrestPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
CREATED Mar. 26, 2013
Omaha, NE - The rough arrest of Octavious Johnson wasn't on today's city council agenda but it certainly came up during today's meeting. A group of protesters stood up at the beginning of the meeting and held signs expressing their anger of the arrest. A security officer immediately forced the group to leave.
Most of the council members say they did see the video and were appalled by what happened. Council members are closely watching how Chief Schmaderer handles the matter and believe progress is being made.
The group of protesters believes the city council is also responsible for bringing about change, beginning with a police auditor. "As a community and a city we're tired of seeing this and nothing being done. The seven people in this building on the city council could easily prioritize reinstating the auditor," D'Shawn Cunningham said.
"Once upon a time I thought the auditor was a bad deal and I voted no but my mind is beginning to change on that and I'm open and I'm really open to discussing the possibility of looking at that now," Councilman Franklin Thompson said.
"I think the chief is handling it through the process that's been identified. It's certainly concerning to all of us. I think he's taking appropriate steps to investigate that issue and get to the bottom of it," Councilman Pete Festersen said.
Councilman Ben Gray added, he believes Chief Schmaderer should keep the public informed as the internal investigation takes place. The chief has said he will notify the public, through the media, when the investigation is complete.