Group Rallies Downtown for Police Oversight
A group made their voices heard across Downtown Omaha. They are demanding that city leaders get involved, and provide more oversight when it comes to the police department.Photo: Video by kmtv.com
A group made their voices heard across Downtown Omaha. They are demanding that city leaders get involved, and provide more oversight when it comes to the police department.
Monday morning about 50 people gathered outside of the Omaha Police Dept. Headquarters demanding more oversight. They want either a Public Safety Auditor, or an Independent Citizen's Review Board. They then marched the streets of Downtown Omaha spreading their message before going to City Hall. They delivered letters to representatives from the Omaha Mayor's Office, City Council, and City Prosecutors Office.
"Today was great. We made a lot of strides and raised a lot of attention and got people out in a way that hasn't been done before,” said D’Shawn Cunningham, a concerned citizen. "We're the people that care enough to see it through to the end because we haven't seen action on it."
Not only did they rally and chant outside the Omaha Police Department, but they also spoke with the OPD Deputy Chief.
"There's a certain amount of frustration over something like this; we do understand it,” said OPD Deputy Chief David Baker. "The chief is aware of everyone's concern and expediency is a priority but the highest priority is getting it right the first time."
Their letters demanded that public support be announced by the city leaders before April 5th, or other action will be taken.