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Nebraska State Senator Refuses to Apologize for Saying He'd Shoot Police

March 26, 2015  | 

Nebraska state Sen. Ernie Chambers told fellow lawmakers on the floor Wednesday afternoon that he wouldn't apologize for statements he made during a debate over a gun bill last Friday.

"I will continue to condemn the police when they are wrong and, in my community they are always wrong," Chambers told KETV.

The initial comments came during a hearing on an amendment to a concealed carry law that would allow off-duty officers to bring concealed weapons onto school property.

Chambers said that many people haven't heard the full context of what he was saying. He said he was referring to how he and people in his community don't trust police. Chambers pointed to a recent case where an officer shot and killed an unarmed man in the back who had his hands on the hood of a car. The grand jury didn't file any charges against the officer, but the officer later resigned.

"These police (officers) literally get away with murder," Chambers said. "They've been given carte blanche. County Attorney Don Kleine even (said) if a cop is wrong, if he thinks he's right, it's all right."

Meanwhile, at least one senator and the city of Omaha is calling for Chambers to be held accountable.

"I think Sen. Chambers owes those who wear a uniform in law enforcement an apology. And I believe he owes an apology to every member of our armed forces who's in harm's way to defend our country," Sen. Beau McCoy said.

"Chambers is saying that he would do that, he wants to do that. I mean, it's a terroristic threat," President of the Nebraska Fraternal Order of Police John Francavilla said. "It's a very hurtful statement that he made towards us, when he's comparing us to what most Americans see as the most radical group out there. Him saying that most law enforcement officers fall into that category in his eyes."

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer issued the following statement Wednesday:

"The comments that Sen. Ernie Chambers made today at the Nebraska Unicameral are not only reprehensible but are completely without merit. The comments are unbecoming of a state senator and have brought no value to the discussion of police community relations. I stand with my Omaha Police officers as they are hardworking dedicated professionals."

Comments (14)

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Ftrnr @ 3/26/2015 3:57 PM

"...they are always wrong." I hope one day he calls 911 for help and white officers show up and do the great work police officers do every day. I would bet his racist heart would not let him thank them, but inside where he can't escape it he will always know he is wrong.

Illinois Lieutenant @ 3/26/2015 4:03 PM

It appears it may be time for someone to evaluate Senator Ernie Chambers mental capacity. He is either flirting with making Terrorist threats, a complete idiot or may be experiencing an episode that needs evaluating by competent mental health professionals. Any of these signal its time for him to go!

GPcop @ 3/26/2015 4:05 PM

Go [email protected]$k yourself Ernie.

Alpha_Hotel @ 3/26/2015 4:30 PM

Here's another disgraceful politician adding fuel to the fire and legitimizing attacks on police officers. What this sad excuse for a senator said does nothing to help improve the relationship between LE and his "community". It's people like Chambers that are part of the problem and ought to be removed from office. No respect and a complete non-leader like Bill de Blasio.

ssc1911 @ 3/26/2015 4:51 PM

Mr. Chambers shows his ignorance, contempt, disrespect for the men and women of law enforcement in Omaha who protect him. Perhaps he should get his facts straight before making comments or judgements against police without ever being a police officer. Hopefully the Omaha Police Dept. will be able to pressure Mr.Chambers to resign. Law enforcement across Nebraska should also pressure the Governor, and other officials to make Senator Chambers resign.

kevCopAz @ 3/26/2015 5:02 PM

The police "are always wrong" in his community? Well then Senator, lets just withdrawal all police from that Community and see how long your peace loving constituents survive. You are a very foolish and ignorant man. You do not deserve to be called "Senator". resign if you have any sense of honor, which Im sure that you do not. Glad you are from that "community" in Neb., must be full of anti-cop idiots if they voted your dumb self into office.

Trigger @ 3/26/2015 5:28 PM

His apology would be meaningless!

Tim @ 3/26/2015 5:44 PM

And to think this moron was voted in by the people. Tells you all you need to know about why we are where we are today!

det4724 @ 3/26/2015 7:14 PM

The real problem with this society is people like YOU Chambers! In stead of finding a solution to the many problems we have in this country, you perpetuate and inflame them instead! As one minority to another you just make me sick! Sick to think that you were elected to represent people like me, your average working citizen. When the shadows in the night come after you who will you call upon to come save and protect YOU? The same people you are making a threat against! Think before you speak chambers, you be surprised at what a little thought and a lot of common sense could get accomplish in life (unfortunately you do not give any thought or have any common sense chambers)!

Chuck @ 3/26/2015 8:16 PM

Get that POS out of office

Another Donut Please @ 3/26/2015 8:24 PM

Remember this a hole at voting time.

tom @ 3/27/2015 7:01 AM

If the police are always wrong in his neighborhood, then it must mean that the drug dealers, con men, and prostitutes are always right. Really !

LEO @ 3/27/2015 4:01 PM

Ernie, you are sick, get help fast.

Jon Retired LEO @ 3/27/2015 6:31 PM

I remember when Chambers was elected to office because I lived in West Omaha at that time. He told his supporters that before long they would be calling him Mr. President. That in itself was a very frightening thought.

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