Men Found Guilty of Police Assault


A backyard party turned into a fight with La Vista police in the middle of it all. That was 18-months ago. On Monday, a jury found three men guilty of assaulting an officer. A cruiser camera tape played a key role in the conviction.

A Halloween party in 2011 at 87th and Harrison turned into a noise complaint.

You won't see what happened, but you'll hear it.

On of the La Vista officers turned on his cruiser camera. While it couldn't see into the back of the house, it recorded the audio of the confrontation.

There were at least 10 people in the backyard and even more in the shed and house. Officers knew they were outnumbered.

Suspect: "You violating my property."
Officer: "No, we're not."

That's when officers say Tate Nuttelmann jumped from a chair and punched an officer in the head.

A jury was convinced that his father -- Jerry Nuttelman -- came out of the house to get involved. He was tazered and hit by pepper-spray.

Chris Kollekowski then judo kicks one of the officers.

"They were fighting for their safety," said La Vista Police Chief Bob Lausten.

When a third officer arrives -- he gets tackled. "When officers get jumped an a 'Help' call comes out -- it's the most dangerous call we get. When they ask for help, they need it."

Officer: "We need somebody to watch the door. There's a guy who keeps wanting to come out."

They needed to make some on-the-scene deal-making to keep themselves safe.

Officer: "Hey guys! Listen to what I say. Do not come out of this garage or you're going to go to jail, okay? So keep the door closed, and we will not come in.'

In the end -- the officers recovered -- and three men have been found guilty of assaulting a police officer. And the audiotape set the stage.

Sarpy County Deputy Attorney Tricia Freeman says the convictions are serious enough that she'll recommend jail time to the judge.

La Vista police officers have had dash cameras for 15 years.

The chief say the next step is to get body cameras for the officers. Then -- there would have been audio and video of the fight and arrests.

A fourth person from that Halloween party -- Travis Nuttelmann -- has yet to go to trial for obstruction charges.


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