Several state senators Thursday denounced anti-police statements made by Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha.
One senator called for his resignation.
A number of senators criticized Chambers for his anti-police remarks during a committee meeting. Chambers compared police to the Islamic State and implied that if he carried a weapon and were confronted by police, he would shoot first and ask questions later.
While a number of state senators took to the floor of the Unicameral to criticize the remarks and join Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha in asking for an apology, Sen. David Schnoor of Scribner went further.
“My request to you, Sen. Chambers, is I’m asking for your resignation, effective close of business today,” Schnoor stated during floor debate.
Chambers rejected the request.
“I’m not going to leave here,” Chambers told colleagues. “I can tell Sen. Shnoor I’m not going to resign and he ought to stay here a little longer and learn something before he pops up and pops off.”
That didn’t end it.
“I’m going to stand up and pop off one more time,” Schnoor said in returning to the floor of the Unicameral to reply to Chambers.
“Sen. Chambers you can make a mockery of me. You can make a mockery of this place, a mockery of anybody you want to, but I’m going to stand up here, in the public, on record, and ask for your accountability, demand your accountability,” Schnoor said.
Chambers remained defiant throughout a morning worth of criticism from fellow senators.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:55]