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Critics are questioning the police response to an unpermitted parade in support of President Donald Trump through the heart of Omaha. Witnesses say the Sunday afternoon parade of trucks and vehicles flying Trump flags and signs blocked traffic and ran through red lights and that cross traffic was blocked by parade participants on motorcycles. Police tell the Omaha World-Herald that parade participants had left by the time officers responded to reports of the parade along Dodge Street. Police confirmed caravan participants had not secured a parade permit beforehand.

ACLU of Nebraska

A lawsuit accuses Omaha police of using excessive force when they responded to protests against police brutality and racial injustice in Nebraska's largest city earlier this year with pepper balls and mass arrests. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging police tactics. City officials said they believe police acted properly, and previously, they have defended the arrests made during protests because police believed the gatherings had the potential to become violent and in some cases violence had already broken out.

Omaha World Herald

Omaha police have revised a policy on arresting protesters following the mass arrest of more than 100 peaceful protesters last month. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Mayor Jean Stothert unveiled the policy change during a news conference Tuesday to discuss coronavirus relief funding. Stothert said the revised policy requires officers to use body cameras to get pictures of each individual they arrest rather than doing mass arrests.