July 30, 2014

Omaha mayor wants changes made to prison furlough program

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle wants the state of Nebraska to change guidelines regarding furloughs to gang members and violent criminals. Mayor Suttle is not happy that Omaha police were not informed that a dangerous prisoner was granted a 48 hour furlough over the weekend.

29 year old Jermaine Lucas was shot and killed by Omaha police early Sunday morning. The officers were responding to gunfire in their patrol area and saw Lucas running down the street holding his waistband. Lucas then fell and a gun flew out of his pants. Police say Lucas was told not to move but lunged for the weapon. Two officers opened fire killing Lucas at the scene. Lucas was serving a five to eight year sentence in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He had a long criminal record.

Mayor Suttle says the state of Nebraska exposed Omaha residents and it city itself to safety and liablity problems. He wants city officials and law enforcement to be notified when eligible prisoners are granted furloughs and they be denied for gang members and violent criminals.