Omaha’s City Human Recourses Department upheld a recommendation by the police chief to fire four police officers in connection with an excessive force case last month. Sergeant John Wells is the President of the Omaha Police Union and says the officers do have the option to appeal that decision.
In the event of an appeal, Sgt. Wells says the officers are questioned by the Union’s Executive Board. The board then makes a recommendation to the members of the Union who then decide if the appeal will continue. Wells says each is considered on a case-by-case basis.
So far, Officers Brad Canterbury and Justin Reeve elected to appeal their firings with an independent arbitrator. The other two officers, James Kinsella and former Sgt. Aaron Von Behren have not stated their intention.
This stems from the arrest of three men in March in 33rd and Seward. The arrest was videotaped and posted online.