Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha decried the police shooting of an unarmed man Monday night, during legislative floor debate.
Chambers took to the legislative floor this morning to criticize Omaha police for the shooting death of 30-year-old Danny Elrod, seeing the shooting death of the suspect in a robbery as a tragic trend.
“I am thoroughly disgusted, outraged, and enraged at the police killings that occur; the apparent acceptance of these killings by society, by county attorneys, by local and state officials,” Chambers told colleagues during debate on an unrelated bill.
Chambers read from an article published by the Omaha World-Herald during his discussion from the floor about the fatal shooting.
Four officers responded Monday night to a report of a robbery at a Family Dollar store.
Omaha police shot and killed Elrod after confronting him in a parking lot near the Family Dollar. Police say Elrod refused to comply with commands and shook off the effects of a stun gun.
Officer Alvin Lugod fired multiple times, killing Elrod. Lugod has been placed on paid administrative leave as the Omaha Police Department investigates the fatal shooting.
“You can be killed for disobeying a cop. You can be killed for disobeying a cop,” Chambers repeated with emphasis during his discussion of the shooting. “They think they own people and they tell you, like in Ferguson, get out of the street and if you don’t get out of the street, they can kill you.”
Chambers referred to the deadly shooting of an 18-year-old man by police in Ferguson, Missouri which spawned numerous protests throughout the country, focusing attention on what critics of police departments describe as a pattern of excessive, sometimes fatal, force.
Chambers tied the fatal shooting on Monday with other shootings involving police officers in Nebraska. He criticized public officials for their silence after officers fire fatal shots.
“They know they’re going to get away with these killings and I wish that other people in positions of responsibility would take these things as seriously as I do.”
AUDIO: Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha discusses police fatal shooting during legislative floor debate. [20 min.]