Fan Arrested At High School Game

Emotions ran high at a high school basketball game last Saturday night. Not between the teams but a fan and police. The fan's arrest captured on cell phone video.

20 year old Terry Salem claims Burke High officials and Omaha police at the Burke Westside game overreacted. He said that caused him to talk back to officers who pulled him from the stands and arrested him in the hallway.

School officials tell visiting fans to sit on the visitors side to avoid confrontations. That's why Salem and several other young men were told to move. Salem said," Unless you give me a reason I'm not going to move."

The police report said Salem was told several times to leave or be arrested and claims he struggled with officers,

However Omaha police union president Sgt John Wells said officers at the game gave a lawful order.If they tell you to leave then leave, its that simple. If you believe you are wronged then there's process for that."

The police report said Salem was told several times to leave or be arrested and claims he struggled with officers,

Salem claims he wasn't being disorderly or resisting. Shanta Metoyer was in the stands near Salem. She said, "He wasn't fighting them at all. They wouldn't let him walk, you can't walk when someone is pulling and dragging you."

The police report states an officer grabbed Salem's neck and push his head away to avoid getting spit on. Fact Finders had Sgt Wells view the video. He said,'No its not abuse in any way. This type of maneuver is extremely low risk of injury if any risk at all."

The arrest captured on cell phone video. An officer said to Salem, "When you're told to do something by the police you shut your god damn mouth and do it." Salem claims the close, heated exchange caused drops of saliva to fly Salem responded to police "Don't spit in my face mother. The officer then said, "I didn't spit in your face."

Salem was arrested for disorderly conduct and refusing to leave. Salem is a part time custodian at and Omaha Public elementary school He said about thee days after the incident he was called in and told to turn in his school keys.

An OPS spokesman said Salem is still an employee but the district is investigating the incident.

Omaha police sent Fact Finders a statement saying there is always an internal review when an officer uses force. The statement from OPD said, " We strive to maintain trust and confidence of our citizens and will take any necessary action to maintain our professionalism."


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