Hearings Uphold Recommendations to Fire Four OPD Officers
Omaha, NE - The Omaha Police Department announced Tuesday that a hearing officer upheld the Chief's recommendations to fire four Omaha Police officers.
The pre-termination hearings which are also called Loudermill Hearings are now done.
Chief Todd Schmaderer announced on April 5th that he relieved three officers and one command officer of duty. The hearings have been completed. The police department says of the four officers, two of them were fired on April 18th and two were fired on April 23rd.
The discipline stems from a parking dispute call on March 21st near 33rd and Seward. KMTV Action 3 News was the first to air cell phone video which shows an officer throwing Octavious Johnson to the ground and then strike him several times.
Octavious Johnson's brother, Jacquez, was trying to take video of the incident. He says officers followed him into his home and took his camera. A relative in a wheelchair says she fell to the ground during the commotion. She went to the hospital but is okay. Officers arrested three men at the scene that night: Octavious, Jacquez and Demetrius Johnson.
The officers who were fired may still appeal to the city personnel board or seek an independent labor arbitrator to try to get their jobs back.