Fired Omaha Police Officers Seek Reinstatement

Two Omaha Police officers are taking steps toward reinstatement in the wake of a high-profile investigation of a rough arrest.

The Omaha Police Officers Association confirms that officers Dyea Rowland and John Payne have appealed their firings to an arbitrator.

The case dates back to an incident at North 33rd and Seward on March 21, 2013. Police were called to check for illegal parking.

The situation escalated and a neighbor recorded video of an officer taking down 28-year-old Octavius Johnson, who was having his car towed for expired tags. Johnson's brothers, Juaquez and Demetrius Johnson, also shot video of the arrest. That video was confiscated by an officer.

Family members of those arrested claimed officers used excessive force.

Six officers were dismissed in the investigation that followed.

An arbitrator has already ruled in favor of reinstating Officer Bradley Canterbury.


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