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70+ Protestors Arrested After Saturday Night Demonstration

Jul 27, 2020

Dozens of people are taken into custody during a protest in Omaha against racial injustice and police brutality. The protest, which was held in support of demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, started Saturday night near Turner and Farnam.  Authorities say the protesters began walking into traffic lanes on Farnam and started throwing barricades at police cruisers.  More than 75 protesters were cited on charges including failure to disperse and obstructing traffic.  

Omaha city leaders are discussing police reform.  City Councilman Ben Gray says there should not be a cookie-cutter approach when it comes to reform, and officials must consider options that would best serve Omaha.  City Councilwoman Aimee Melton says police leadership has worked to improve the department.  Melton noted that de-funding the police department and making wholesale changes could set Omaha back in its progress.

Demonstrations are continuing in Omaha following the death of George Floyd.  A group of protestors marched toward the Old Market last night. Nearly 125 people took part in a peaceful protest in North Omaha earlier in the day where a group of local pastors called for making a positive change through community involvement and peaceful means.

OPD Reacts To George Floyd Incident

May 28, 2020

(Omaha, NE)  --  Omaha police are reacting to an incident involving an African-American man in Minnesota who died after an officer knelt on his neck.  Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says he and his deputy chiefs reviewed the video of George Floyd being detained by Minneapolis police.  Floyd died after the incident.  Omaha police say the Minneapolis officers' actions in the Floyd case are not consistent with their training and protocol of the profession. 

Nebraska legislators have given initial approval to a measure that would require law enforcement officers to undergo anti-bias training. The bill that received first-round approval Wednesday in a 43-0 vote could be the last major piece of legislation proposed by the state's longest-serving and best-known state senator, Ernie Chambers. The Omaha lawmaker designated it as his last official legislative priority in what could be his final year in office.