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Has everyone seen this? Unacceptable! The police should be charged with assault, false imprisonment, breaking and entering and theft (i assume they took the guy's phone when he was taping it --I mean they had to send 10 cops in after him). In the paper they are quoting in the police report that the man became combative and needed to be taken to the ground. This sounds to me like filing a false police report. When cops/politicians/etc do things like this, they should get the book thrown at them. We actually see a cop throw 6-9 punches while the guy is on the ground on the video. In the Alfonzo Dennard video you just see the cop fall back, not even Dennard throw a punch, and he was immediately charged and then found guilty of assaulting a cop. The District Attorney should be filing charges and not giving a sh*t about the Police's OWN investigation. Glad to know police are taking the time to check those plates, I mean there aren't any homicides to solve/prevent in that area or anything. I want some of my tax money back. 12 cars and a chopper. OPD are winners for sure!

Omaha, Nebraska Police Brutality

I watched the video, I'd be appalled if the cops in the video were charged with anything since the police acted as they are trained too.

Let's take the first ten seconds where the guy gets taken down. The officer first points (to what?) after the man turns to walk away, man stops walking away. Officer then pulls out his handcuffs and is presumably telling the man to put his hands on the hood of the truck. The officer pushes the man towards the truck (officers hand on the back of the man), the man pushes back using his body. This is resisting arrest. The officer takes the man down over his knee while controlling his neck so the man's head doesn't slam into the curb.

Keep watching the video now. The man being arrested will not put his hands behind his back to be handcuffed, he is resisting arrest. The officer is trained to use punches, wrestling moves, pepper spray, and even tazers to subdue people. The officer chooses to punch the man to daze him. The man is held down by 2 officers and handcuffed.

The brother is on the grass, this is from 1:00 to 2:15 of the video. The brother is chased away multiple times to keep him out of the altercation. The brother is reported (and it looks like) he is yelling multiple things at the officers making the arrest. At 2:12 backup arrives, an officer begins to chase the brother and the brother books it for the house. This is cause for concern for the officers. They don't know who is in the house, what weapons may be in the house, they just know the kid is running to the house.

2:50 of the video, lots of cops, why so many? The police still don't know who is in the house, they may know that all three brothers that are known to frequent the house have records. Police know (because of training) that if they have the numbers in an arrest/fight/gun battle, their odds of surviving greatly increase.

Skipping to the near end of the video, the brother is pulled out and arrested. When he originally ran at that 2:15 mark he was likely under arrest, and chose to run. The police did not need a warrant to go into the house to arrest him as they clearly saw him enter the house, after being ordered to surrender.

I may of missed some stuff, tired of watching all 6 minutes of the video. Too long, didn't read? I don't see a single thing the police did wrong. Their administrative leave is normal in this situation where keeping the officers on the streets right now could be dangerous to them, and be bad PR for the OPD.

I agree they did what they needed to you have no idea what they could have had in that house and they took actions as needed maybe a little excess lol but it can happen in the heat of the moment and who knows it was not me

Very simple, do not do anything wrong and the cops will not have to take action. Why do people feel sorry for idiots who break the law.

Someone posted this on Facebook as "worst police brutality ever. Omaha, Ne."

I watched it...

I've seen much worse.

I was pretty confused why people are upset about this video

Ok, lets take a breath and maybe say a "woosaah" or two. First of all you are entirely jumping the gun. You are ready to convict the police officers involved entirely on a video from one angle with little to no audio. You were not there, you do not have any first hand knowledge of anything that occurred at the scene, you can not see what the person was doing on the ground before he was struck. Basically, to be blunt, you really don't know what you are talking about. I think its fairly safe to say that all of this could have been avoided if the two people involved would have followed instructions, but I, like you, have no first hand knowledge of the events that took place and only media reports (which are wrong frequently and based on incomplete info to get the "scoop") and a video to base my opinion on. I think before people jump to conclusions we should let the investigation take place and hopefully the truth will prevail. If the officer acted out of policy - fire him. If the officer acted criminally - criminally charge him. But in either circumstance you must let the process go forward.

Also take a look at this [url=http://www.omahapoa.com/2013/03/23/does-video-really-tell-the-whole-story-you-be-the-judge/]video[/url]. If you take the first two videos at face value you would clearly want to arrest the officers involved for murder. But keep watching and you will see the third camera footage and clearly see the incident was a lawful police action.

Lastly, IMO, copblock spends a lot of their time baiting cops so they can get their videos. Are their bad cops, yep. With any "population" of people there will be good and bad people. I whole-heartedly believe that the good cops vastly out number the bad ones.

EDIT: I'll just ignore your comments about "checking plates" because I honestly think you are just speaking out of anger and not logic.

One more edit: The copblock article you linked to is supposedly an email from the fired former public auditor Tristan Bonn. Bonn was fired in 2006 and she is still calling herself the "former" public auditor. I don't think I would take the word of a disgruntled former employee very far; plus she is also using nothing but the video for the basis of her email. I could probably go step by step through her email and point out the fact that she is making assumptions on just about everything she says, but it really doesn't matter. It still comes down to the fact that the general public does not have the full story yet and the investigation is way to early in the process to pass judgement on these officers..

[quote="ajbuda" post=18788]Has everyone seen this? Unacceptable! The police should be charged with assault, false imprisonment, breaking and entering and theft (i assume they took the guy's phone when he was taping it --I mean they had to send 10 cops in after him). In the paper they are quoting in the police report that the man became combative and needed to be taken to the ground. This sounds to me like filing a false police report. When cops/politicians/etc do things like this, they should get the book thrown at them. We actually see a cop throw 6-9 punches while the guy is on the ground on the video. In the Alfonzo Dennard video you just see the cop fall back, not even Dennard throw a punch, and he was immediately charged and then found guilty of assaulting a cop. The District Attorney should be filing charges and not giving a sh*t about the Police's OWN investigation. Glad to know police are taking the time to check those plates, I mean there aren't any homicides to solve/prevent in that area or anything. I want some of my tax money back. 12 cars and a chopper. OPD are winners for sure!

http://www.copblock.org/29246/omaha-nebraska-police-brutality/%5B/quote%5D

Unfortunately there has been much worse. Honestly if Omaha wasn't in the middle of an election, with every candidate jumping in front of the camera to bring up their views, I don't think this would be getting near as much press..

[quote="Heisenberg" post=18792]Someone posted this on Facebook as "worst police brutality ever. Omaha, Ne."

I watched it...

I've seen much worse.

I was pretty confused why people are upset about this video[/quote]

Four Cops Fired and now Douglas County District Attourney saying tampering charges are also likely.

(AND THIS ARTICLE IS FROM THE OWH NOT COPBLOCK. Apparently they tell people to get the hell beat out of themselves so that the website can bait cops).

http://www.omaha.com/article/20130405/NEWS/130409750/1685#cover-up-by-omaha-police-officers-alleged.

The 1st man was turning to the truck like the cop asked when he was thrown to the ground. Then when he is in cuffs, THEY SHOULD HAVE HAD HIM OFF THE GROUND IMMEDIATELY (standard police procedure btw). When he is in cuffs, there is NO LONGER ANY REASON FOR TWO COPS TO REMAIN ON THE MANS BACK/BACK OF NECK. There is also no excuse to continue to hit a man when he is face down and in cuffs. No excuse.

Second brother was not chased away, nor should he be. He was videotaping the incident, which according to every law professor/lawyer interviewed during this process is COMPLETELY LEGAL. When they told him to back up across the street, he did, and thats where he remained. He even backed away from the cops when they approached them, telling them that he was not comfortable with them approaching him with what was happening.

Backup arrives. Why so many? Because one of the officers made and "Officer in Need of Assistance" call. Read the papers, none of the brothers has ever been charged with any gang violence. They new that. But the only call more important than an ONA call is an Officer Down call.

It DOES NOT MATTER THAT TE COPS DIDNT KNOW WHAT WAS IN THAT HOUSE. They did not have any right nor probable cause to go in. Police don't know whats in your house, they can't just walk in. When the kid ran HE WAS NOT under arrest. He ran cuz he just watched two cops beat the $%_T out of his brother, & now 10 more are pulling up. I would run too.

Also, while all those cops are in the house, the two cops are STILL sitting on the back of the guy's neck outside and you see one of them rear back and thrown at least 3 more punches (tho surprisingly, no one here defended that).

Skipper: there is audio to that video, and yes, I was ready to CHARGE the cops from seeing the video. It was all the evidence needed to see that at least 2-3 should have been immediately charged with assault and unlawful entry.
The two people involved DID follow every instruction. EVERY instruction the cops asked for. The one who runs into the house just sits there saying I know my rights and yelling "That's Assault!" Vasically, to be blunt, you don't know what your talking about. This all could have been handle if the COPS would have just done their jobs in the manner in which they were trained. That video you posted did not do ANYTHING to help the polices cause. They shot a dude wityh a cell phone. Awesome. There was no sound on any other those video, how do you know the guy hadn't already been sayin naw man I'll call my friend to give me a ride home. (No audio was your defense). Also, why haven't we seen the dash cams and the cell cam that WAS TAKEN and not returned from the gentleman that ran into the house.

I whole-heartedly stand by my checking plates comments. COPS DONT DO THAT. They were either targeting an area or they had kickback arrangements with the towing company. Been pulled over 4x in my life for expired plates, one time, they were 2 years old. Never got towed. But I'm white. And YES there are MUCH more important things for police to be doing than walking up and down streets in North Omaha. Its a double negative. Loss of time, and then you tow some one's car who didn't have the money to plate it, they lose their car, and in turn job. More burden on society. Not to mention the drug/gang/murder rate in that part of town. PLUS, this one incident of them doing so is going to cost the taxpayers A LOT of money in a law suite. (Coming on the heels of a million dollar police brutality suite just settled).

And Bonn was not FIRED. Her position was eliminated by the mayor (not Suttle). They said that there was no reason for a non police civilian auditor with any authority over the police. She was a former PROSECUTOR. So she was a) a lawyer with knowledge of the law and b) knowledgeable of correct and proper police work, and the inherent need of such work to convict criminals. Just an FYI. the mayor has tried to reinstate the position when he set the last two budgets, but the city council voted that cops should police themselves. Two city council members have since switched, with a third stating that he is 90% there.

The don't do anything and cops will leave you alone obviously has NO minority friends.

"I agree they did what they needed to do" Apparently the police chief disagrees.

Just wanted to point out the truth as found by the Omaha Police Chief. Also want to point out that we still have NOT seen ANY of the dash cam vids or the cell vid from the man arrested. I guess the kid was right when on channel 7, in an interview, he said he ran because he was afraid they would take his cell phone and then they would just get beat down and have no proof. WHICH IS WHAT HAPPENED!!! Think, if we didn't have the video across the street, no one would have known about this, because, as the district attorney is stating, the police tend to cover things up. Sounds like we need that auditor.

I knew this was a rich white hobby, but c'mon.

Sorry, wanted to post the officers involved and what they are accused of:
The World-Herald has learned that the fired officers are Sgt. Aaron P. Von Behren and Officers Bradley D. Canterbury, James T. Kinsella and Justin A. Reeve:

I'm working off my phone so excuse any errors or how this looks:

Four Cops Fired and now Douglas County District Attourney saying tampering charges are also likely.

(AND THIS ARTICLE IS FROM THE OWH NOT COPBLOCK. Apparently they tell people to get the hell beat out of themselves so that the website can bait cops).

- give me a break, I never suggested that a website tell people to get beat up, what I said was a lot of those cop lock videos start because the person making the video baits the cop.

http://www.omaha.com/article/20130405/NEWS/130409750/1685#cover-up-by-omaha-police-officers-alleged.

The 1st man was turning to the truck like the cop asked when he was thrown to the ground. Then when he is in cuffs, THEY SHOULD HAVE HAD HIM OFF THE GROUND IMMEDIATELY (standard police procedure btw).

-please quote your source as this being standard police procedure. If a person is still resisting arrest the officers don't have to immediately get off the suspect just because he is on the ground.

When he is in cuffs, there is NO LONGER ANY REASON FOR TWO COPS TO REMAIN ON THE MANS BACK/BACK OF NECK. There is also no excuse to continue to hit a man when he is face down and in cuffs. No excuse.

Second brother was not chased away, nor should he be. He was videotaping the incident, which according to every law professor/lawyer interviewed during this process is COMPLETELY LEGAL.

-correct, it is 100% legal to video tape officers as long as you aren't obstructing them from completing their lawful duties. Not saying the brother was but it looked like an officer had to keep him back.

When they told him to back up across the street, he did, and thats where he remained. He even backed away from the cops when they approached them, telling them that he was not comfortable with them approaching him with what was happening.

Backup arrives. Why so many? Because one of the officers made and "Officer in Need of Assistance" call. Read the papers, none of the brothers has ever been charged with any gang violence. They new that. But the only call more important than an ONA call is an Officer Down call.

-the chief explained in his press release that an help an officer call came out. When that happens any available officer responds. It doesn't matter at that point if the people involved have any criminal history.

It DOES NOT MATTER THAT TE COPS DIDNT KNOW WHAT WAS IN THAT HOUSE. They did not have any right nor probable cause to go in.

-incorrect. If the brother was told he was under arrest the officers can follow him in to the house according to the fresh pursuit exception; the chief also spoke of this.

Police don't know whats in your house, they can't just walk in. When the kid ran HE WAS NOT under arrest.

-do you have a source that says he was not under arrest? I haven't seen any news articles say that..

He ran cuz he just watched two cops beat the $%_T out of his brother, & now 10 more are pulling up. I would run too.

Also, while all those cops are in the house, the two cops are STILL sitting on the back of the guy's neck outside and you see one of them rear back and thrown at least 3 more punches (tho surprisingly, no one here defended that).

-there is no excuse to physically struck a non resisting suspect.

Skipper: there is audio to that video, and yes, I was ready to CHARGE the cops from seeing the video. It was all the evidence needed to see that at least 2-3 should have been immediately charged with assault and unlawful entry.
The two people involved DID follow every instruction.

-then you would have jumped the gun. Why not take the time to complete an investigation, interview witnesses, etc?

instruction the cops asked for. The one who runs into the house just sits there saying I know my rights and yelling "That's Assault!" Vasically, to be blunt, you don't know what your talking about.

-you are 100% wrong. I am an 18yr veteran police officer (not with Omaha). When it comes to criminal investigation, police actions and general criminal law I know very much what I am talking about. If you want to dispute what I say please include your credentials.

This all could have been handle if the COPS would have just done their jobs in the manner in which they were trained. That video you posted did not do ANYTHING to help the polices cause. They shot a dude wityh a cell phone.

-yes they did, the suspect was wielding the cell phone to make it look like a weapon. In the milli-seconds it took to decide if it was a weapon they decided to shoot. Now that people can watch the video you can see it was a cellphone. Police are not going to wait until you shoot at them to take action. The point of the video was that the video sometimes does not tell the whole story.

Awesome. There was no sound on any other those video, how do you know the guy hadn't already been sayin naw man I'll call my friend to give me a ride home. (No audio was your defense). Also, why haven't we seen the dash cams and the cell cam that WAS TAKEN and not returned from the gentleman that ran into the house.

-it's still under investigation. They won't release that until the investigation is over.

I whole-heartedly stand by my checking plates comments. COPS DONT DO THAT.

-yes we do..

They were either targeting an area or they had kickback arrangements with the towing company.

-have you got a source alleging a kickback arraignment going on? If so report it.

Been pulled over 4x in my life for expired plates, one time, they were 2 years old. Never got towed.

-all depends on the situation and department policies. At my department your car most likely would have been towed, regardless of your race.

But I'm white. And YES there are MUCH more important things for police to be doing than walking up and down streets in North Omaha. Its a double negative. Loss of time, and then you tow some one's car who didn't have the money to plate it, they lose their car, and in turn job. More burden on society. Not to mention the drug/gang/murder rate in that part of town. PLUS, this one incident of them doing so is going to cost the taxpayers A LOT of money in a law suite. (Coming on the heels of a million dollar police brutality suite just settled).

And Bonn was not FIRED.

-I remember reading that she was in fact fired for releasing a report prior to it being approved by the mayor, if you have a source that says otherwise fine, it's irrelevant anyway.

Her position was eliminated by the mayor (not Suttle). They said that there was no reason for a non police civilian auditor with any authority over the police. She was a former PROSECUTOR. So she was a) a lawyer with knowledge of the law and b) knowledgeable of correct and proper police work, and the inherent need of such work to convict criminals. Just an FYI. the mayor has tried to reinstate the position when he set the last two budgets, but the city council voted that cops should police themselves. Two city council members have since switched, with a third stating that he is 90% there.

The don't do anything and cops will leave you alone obviously has NO minority friends.

"I agree they did what they needed to do" Apparently the police chief disagrees.

Just wanted to point out the truth as found by the Omaha Police Chief. Also want to point out that we still have NOT seen ANY of the dash cam vids or the cell vid from the man arrested. I guess the kid was right when on channel 7, in an interview, he said he ran because he was afraid they would take his cell phone and then they would just get beat down and have no proof. WHICH IS WHAT HAPPENED!!! Think, if we didn't have the video across the street, no one would have known about this, because, as the district attorney is stating, the police tend to cover things up. Sounds like we need that auditor.

-I will say this. If the officers took away his cell phone and destroyed evidence they should be fired and criminally charged. My entire post was made to express that a full investigation needs to take place. I will not defend bad cops. I will give them, or anyone else, the benefit of holding my judgment until the investigation is completed. Based on the press release the Chief is taking action based on the investigation, not just the video. I applaud him for taking action and hope if there were criminal action that Klien follows through with charges.

I knew this was a rich white hobby, but c'mon.

-2nd time you've brought up race. Are you implying that because people are "rich" and/or "white" that they are automatically racist and can't be fair?

 
 
 
 
 
 
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