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Is It Justice? Community Speaks Out About OPD

Is It Justice? Community Speaks Out About OPD

By Rebekah Rae. CREATED May 6, 2013

Omaha, NE - A rough arrest caught on video has the community of north Omaha speaking out and calling for justice.  The video Action 3 News first showed on March 21, shows a police officer taking down Octavius Johnson during a dispute over expired tags.

 
Johnson's brother recorded the incident near the curb when cops chased him into his house.  Because of that incident, two Omaha police officers were fired and now are facing charges including evidence tampering, obstructing government operations, theft by unlawful taking and accessory to a felony.
 
Outside the Hall of Justice on Monday, a group of citizens gathered to hear what charges will be filed.  "How many times has this happen to people who don't have a video camera?" asks Fix the Police founder D'Shawn Cunningham.  "There is justice in this case, we want justice across the board, we want justice for all," says Cunningham.  He has rallied against the police multiple times, he calls the charges against those accused of police brutality progress, but he won't rest until the police department is reformed.
 
Others say the fight for equality is just beginning.  Pastor Cedric Perkins has followed the investigation.  He says too often, African Americans are stereotyped.  "If someone's rights are violated and it becomes addressed, I think that helps bring confidence in our judicial system," says Perkins.
 
That confidence is already spreading around north Omaha.  Word is getting out that two ex-cops will be charged for their crimes and folks like Felicia Wells say it's about time.  "There's a lot more to go, it happens all the time, it just needs to be dealt with", says Wells.