Four OPD Officers "Relieved of Duty"
Chief Todd Schmaderer declined to name the officers, citing the union contract. All four officers will have termination hearings before the Omaha Personnel Board.Photo: Video by kmtv.com
Omaha, NE - Four Omaha police officers, including one command officer have been relieved of duty following the investigation into excessive force.
Chief Todd Schmaderer declined to name the officers, citing the union contract. All four officers will have termination hearings before the Omaha Personnel Board.
At a news conference Thursday morning, Schmaderer said the officers violated police department policies.
The officers were involved in an arrest two weeks ago at 33rd and Seward, where officers were called to investigate a parking complaint.
KMTV Action 3 News first broadcast exclusive cell phone video that shows an officer pulling Octavius Johnson to the ground and punching him several times. The video was posted on YouTube by a neighbor, who has not been identified.
Johnson's brother Jacquez was also taping the arrest. Officers chased him into the family's house and confiscated his video.
Jacquez and Octavius Johnson were both arrested. A third brother who was in the house was also arrested on an outstanding warrant.
During the two-week investigation, Chief Schmaderer placed two officers and one command officer on paid administrative leave; he reassigned two other officers.
He called his report today "thorough" and said the bulk of the investigation is over.
Schmaderer said, "We will have a professional police department and we do."
He referred questions about potential criminal charges to Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine.
The internal police investigation will be reviewed by the FBI.