Update: Man Files Formal Complaint Against Police

Robert Wagner has filed a complaint against the Omaha Police Department in connection to his arrest at Creighton University Medical Center back in May. Tuesday was the last day that he could file the complaint.

Two Omaha Police officers are already on paid administrative leave until an internal investigation is complete.

A security camera captured officers attempting to arrest 35-year-old Robert Wagner. On the video, officers can be seen kicking Wagner after he was already down on the ground.

Wagner was booked on charges of assaulting an officer and disorderly conduct. He was at the hospital supporting family members who were dealing with a recent murder.

Officers reported that Wagner did not cooperate when asked to leave the hospital, and that as an officer grabbed his arm, Wagner allegedly punched the officer in the head.

Wagner says that is not how it happened. He admits he did say some inappropriate things to police, but he says he didn't hit anyone.

Wagner described the security video to Channel 6 News blow by blow. He says it was excessive.

Wagner says the beating didn't stop until Creighton Medical Center Security told officers that they were being recorded.

"He's punching me, he's punching me, he's kicking me, all while they got the taser in my back," Wagner described. "He (the security guard) tells them it's being recorded now, watch every body's reaction, but they don't know where the camera is."

Wagner says when it was over, police made light of the incident.

"One officer said that was a good workout, he punched his hands together, the other bent down to my ear and said that was fun," Wagner explained.

Supporters of Wagner have stood behind him. According to Wagner, hospital staff expressed concern regarding his condition following what was termed as similar to the Rodney King beating.

The internal investigation was launched after a safety review committee, made up of senior command officers, obtained a copy of the video.

Chief Alex Hayes said, “Any time we have major concerns about policy violations, an Internal Investigation will be initiated for a thorough investigation. We have and will continue to take use of force issues seriously and will investigate them all appropriately, no matter how major or minor they appear.”

The internal investigation is expected to be concluded in the next couple of weeks.

The names of the officers are not being released at this time.


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