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3 Officers, 1 Sergeant Fired had 30 Years Experience with OPD

Meghan Matthews

3 Officers, 1 Sergeant Fired had 30 Years Experience with OPD

CREATED Apr. 5, 2013

Omaha, NE -  "I'm confident in my decision, I stand by my decision, I believe they will stand."

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer went public with his decision to fire three police officers and one sergeant.

It's just one result of his investigation into excessive force near 33rd and Seward.

The chief wouldn't identify the officers but the World Herald names them as Sergeant Aaron Von Behren and officers Bradley Canterbury, James Kinsella and Justin Reeve.
 
Through the City of Omaha Employee Salaries Database website, Action 3 learned Sgt. Von Behren started with the force in 1997. In 2011, KMTV Action 3 News aired a story on Von Behren for helping save a woman in a fire.
 
Officers Canterbury, Kinsella and Reeve were all hired in 2008. We tried tracking then down, no one answered at their homes.
 
Chief Schmaderer says OPD officers must carry themselves in a professional manor.
 
"Many of the police actions that took place that day are in violation of our policies and do not represent how I want our officers to carry themselves."
 
KMTV Action 3 News was first to air video of the rough arrest last month. It shows officers taking down Octavius Johnson outside of his home. Other officers follow his brother inside, after he records the incident on camera.
 
Chief Schmaderer couldn't comment on many details of that day but did say Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine is now looking into possible criminal charges.
 
"So our focus is on the entire incident, and there's allegations or information of mishandling evidence and I don't want to get into anymore detail than that at this point in time."
 
Chief Schmaderer is now having the FBI review his investigations as an outside party. The fired officers will have a termination hearing and could later appeal the decision.
 
A total of 8 officers have been disciplined in some fashion. County Attorney Don Kleine says he hasn't filed any charges yet, but they are likely.
 
 

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