EXCLUSIVE: Johnson Family Responds to Charges Against Ex Cops
Johnson family reacts to charges against officersPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
Omaha, NE - The mother of the Johnson brothers spoke exclusively to KMTV Action 3 News Monday afternoon.
Sharee Johnson's sons Octavius, Juaquez and Demetrius were involved in a scuffle with police in March, stemming from a parking dispute. On Monday afternoon, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said two officers, who have since been fired, will face criminal charges. They are officer James Kinsella and Sgt. Aaron Von Behren. The officer seen beating Octavius Johnson on camera, Bradley Canterbury, will not be charged.
"For that treatment, for that abuse, for that criminal abuse, there should be more done," Sheree Johnson told KMTV. "I feel that that police department has immunity against the same treatment that we are given. If we had done this, we would have been handled accordingly. I don't think they were handled accordingly."
The Johnsons say they are now left to pick up the broken pieces. They're trying to move on and not concentrate on what they believe is an injustice.
"So many people went through this already," Johnson said, "and I think they had an opportunity to redeem themselves for a lot of other people, not just my family."
Sharee Johnson says a formal complaint against the Omaha Police Department is "being handled." When we asked her if she plans to file a lawsuit against the city, she had no comment.