Protestors took to the streets hours after Freddie Gray’s funeral in Baltimore this week burning buildings, looting, assaulting police and bystanders.
Could it happen in Nebraska?
If a situation like that happened here, Willie Hamilton with Black Men United says Omaha’s African American community would likely react the same way.
Hamilton says there are things others not in that community can do to help ease the tension.
“I think awareness there is a situation and acknowledging that we do have departments across the country that participates in that type of behavior. I’m hoping that Omaha would not fall in that situation and that we would be proactive. I do think we are doing things that are proactive. I’m hoping the Chief would be ahead of this and confront it head on if we would have an incident like this. I think the Chief would.”
Hamilton goes on to say that the riots that happened in Baltimore, Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City can easily take place here if we are not proactive and making sure there is a good relationship with the Omaha Police Department and the African-American community.