Three Omaha police officers and a command officer were fired, three placed on paid administrative leave and one officer has been reassigned. That is the outcome of an internal investigation by the Omaha Police Department. This investigation was called after accusations of police brutality.
Omaha police were impounding vehicles on March 21st at 33rd and Seward when an altercation started with three men, all brothers. The incident was videotaped by a neighbor and posted online.
Omaha Police Department used an outside reviewer by the FBI for input during the internal investigation. Police are also working with the Douglas County Attorney’s Office who will determine if any criminal charges are warranted. The termination and suspension of the officers is pending a termination hearing with Omaha’s labor relations director.
Chief Todd Schmaderer stated many of the events that took place that day are in violation of policies and that public trust in the department is damaged.
The majority of the investigation is complete but is still ongoing.
AUDIO: Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer speaks of investigation. [2 min.]