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Video: Neb. Cop Investigated for T-Stop Takedown

March 27, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Neb. Cop's T-Stop Takedown

An Omaha (Neb.) Police officer now faces an internal investigation for wrestling a subject to the ground in an incident that was recorded by the man's relatives.

An officer can be seen taking down 28-year-old Octavius Johnson, who was having his car towed for expired tags just before 5:30 p.m. Thursday, reports WOWT.

One of Johnson's brothers recorded the incident from a residential window and can be heard offering commentary such as, "You are hitting him. Why are you hitting him? That's abuse, that's abuse."

During a Saturday news conference, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer responded to allegations that officers used excessive force during the arrest.

"I will get to the bottom of this," Chief Schmaderer said. "There is an internal investigation in full swing and the investigation will be conducted thoroughly, fairly and as swiftly as possible. I will discover what transpired at 33rd and Seward in its entirety and I will address it properly."


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JJ @ 3/28/2013 3:34 PM

This is an overkill! Suspect was on the ground far too long....should have been hooked and transported before the whole department rolled in.

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/29/2013 4:05 PM

Always assume no matter where you are, day or night that you are being recorded. If you conduct all your professional business this way you will never have a problem. And you should record every encounter you have with the public as well, either by audio, video or both. This has been taught in every basic police academy since I was trained over 35 years ago. You are never alone and if you assume everything is being recorded then you will conduct yourself properly at all times. Also everything you type or say on a police car data terminal is subject to public release and none of any of that data is protected especially your phone calls and emails. So don't call your girfriend on your police phone and then call your wife to say you will be late because sonner or later that information will be discovered by someone as part of a public record.

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