The ACLU of Nebraska wants answers regarding the investigation into two Omaha Police Officers accused of evidence tampering.
“What’s going on? Why hasn’t there been any indication that criminal charges will be filed?”
ACLU Legal Council Amy Miller says Officers Frank Platt and Kara Hindman were suspended after Officer Steve Kult claimed he overhead the two talking about planting marijuana on a drug suspect. She says it is time to know if the officers need to be charged or their names cleared.
“Or, if it found out that the three officers are innocent, then they should be taken off of leave and have their names cleared.”
Miller says this investigation started in May and we should have more information by now.
“One way or the other, it appears being handled in the back room manner without any transparency to the public.”
Omaha Police Lt. Darci Tierney says the probe into allegations against the two officers is still underway.
“We do recognize the public wants to know. We also want people to know there is oversight in this case.”
Lt. Tierney says once the investigation is complete, all will be sent to the Douglas County Attorney’s Office for their review.
“This case will be referred to Don Kleine’s office and he will determine if any criminal charges will be filed.”
The ACLU sent letters to the Omaha police chief, the Douglas County Attorney’s Office and to the A-G’s office asking for them to take a look at the case. Lt. Tierney says the department has sent a response.
“We do appreciate the fact the ACLU took the time to write the letter and acknowledge that we have taken steps to have more supervisory oversight in those type of investigations.”
Since the incident in May, Officer Platt retired and Officer Hindman remains on paid leave. Officer Steve Kult has returned to duty.