An Omaha mother wants answers from the Omaha Police Department.
Omaha police raided a large underage drinking party last weekend in Millard and issued approximately 70 citations for minor in possession of alcohol.
Angie Janke’s 17-year-old son was one of the teens attending the party. She is not defending his actions and fully supports the consequences he faces at school for breaking the district’s code of conduct policy. She says he is also facing consequences at home. However, she is not happy with the police department’s conduct that night.
“If you, (the police) want to lecture until the sun comes up about their poor choices and repercussions please do,” Janke says. “You have permission to lecture my child but you don’t have my permission to lie. You do not have permission to intimidate or give them misleading information. They gave me misleading information because I didn’t know any better.”
Janke says her son was handcuffed and placed inside a police cruiser for more than two hours. She believes he was the only teen that was cuffed. She also claims that the other teens were told by police if they didn’t submit to a breath test they would be arrested. Janke says only those suspected of having alcohol in their system and driving a vehicle must submit to a breath test.
Omaha defense attorney Bill Gallup agrees saying, “The only way you can be forced to take a breath test is if you are driving a car and they have some legitimate reason to think you are under the influence. They can’t go into a private home and force them to take a breath test specifically threatening them with jail if they don’t do it. When they provide the breath sample it is merely a submission to authorities, not a voluntary consent so it is invalid. They won’t be able to present that evidence at a trial.”
Janke wrote a letter about the incident to Omaha’s mayor and police chief and waiting for a response.