Hundreds gathered in southwest Omaha Friday afternoon for a protest in response to deadly police shootings in Louisiana and Minneapolis. Omaha Police Deputy Chief Dave Baker says cooperation with the organizers helped in their efforts to keep the peace. He says no one really knew what to expect at the intersection of 120th and West Center.
Deputy Chief Baker says, “There were a few internet posts that were very hostile toward the police and the demonstrators as well. For that reason and others we met with some of the organizers and others to come up with a plan in case those situations arise but fortunately they didn’t.”
Deputy Chief Baker says there were some of those attending that would of preferred more disorder than what was there but the officers did an excellent job as well as the event organizers. He adds it was a joy to have a peaceful protest.
The Omaha Police Department continues to do their job in light of recent events. Deputy Chief Baker says, “It was terrible tragic week last week. The officers are pulling together and drawing strength from one another. They understand what their role is to play and how emotions can affect people and we are doing what we can to remain professional and moving forward.” He is very proud on how officers handled events last week and expects them to continue to do so.