Fired OPD Officer Waives Prelim. Hearing
Omaha, NE -- An officer fired for his role in the 33rd & Seward incident has waived his right to a preliminary hearing in court. James Kinsella is charged with Felony Evidence Tampering and two Misdemeanors.
Kinsella was one of four officers who were fired over the incident from March. He allegedly took a memory card from a cell phone at the Johnson home. Authorities say that memory card was never found. It all stems from a parking violation, which was caught on video. It depicted Octavious Johnson being taken to the ground and struck several times by an officer. Other officers chase Octavious' brother Juaquez inside the home for apparently filming the incident. That's when prosecutors believe the crimes by Kinsella were committed. Aaron VonBehren was also charged with two Misdemeanors in the incident. Kinsella and VonBehren did not ask for their jobs back, while the other two officers are appealing their firing.
Next, Kinsella will be allowed to plead guilty or not guilty. A trial date will later be set in Judge Peter Batallion's courtroom.