Town Hall meetings with Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert are held on a regular basis but Tuesday evening’s event in south Omaha turned heated. There was an angry crowd in attendance that wanted to more about the discipline of an Omaha police officer over postings he made on Facebook relating to Black Lives Matter and the candidacy of Donald Trump. Some viewed those postings as racist.
Mayor Stothert says Chief Todd Schmaderer did a great job explaining to the crowd saying the officer was disciplined but couldn’t go into it further due to the contract agreement and the law. That did not appease the group who soon stormed out.
Maria Regalado was the last to leave the meeting room and claims that Mayor Stothert’s Chief of Staff Marty Bilek physically assaulted her by pushing her out of the room. There were several TV stations present and were taping the incident. Mayor Stothert viewed two videos and says, “One I saw was very clear there was no contact what-so-ever. The other if there was it looked like an elbow brushed an elbow or part of a body but I didn’t see anything that I thought was intentional.”
Bilek says nothing happened. Regalado claims it is a case of assault.