Monday, January 6, 2014

ACLU sues Omaha cops over March incident recorded on video over which 4 officers were fired

The Nebraska ACLU has filed its lawsuit against the Omaha Police Department over arrival of some two-dozen police at a North Omaha home during the investigation of a parking violation complaint and the subsequent invasion of that home, which was recorded by a neighbor and which was widely viewed on the Internet. Four officers were fired and two were criminally charged.
     Officer Bradley Canterbury, recorded punching a restrained Octavius after first checking for witnesses (at about the 2:55 mark in the video below), has not been criminally charged by Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine, who claimed three national use-of-force experts reviewed the video and concluded that Canterbury's actions did not merit criminal charges.
     The Omaha Police Officers Association has assisted Canterbury in his efforts to get his job back.

Some excerpts from the complaint:



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