After the Omaha City Council passed the 2014 budget Tuesday afternoon, dozens of protestors marched on city hall regarding an issue that wasn't even discussed -- police oversight.
"We continue to get ignored," said one protestor. "That is why we are doing what we are doing right now."
The protestors wanted to talk to the mayor and city council about police oversight. "I know you can hear us," said one of the organizers with a bull-horn.
They don't like one of the ideas that has been discussed -- a volunteer board reviewing officer's work.
"You wouldn't be happy with volunteer doctors or volunteer construction workers - why the hell should settle for a volunteer review board to watch the police," said D'Shawn Cunningham.
A number of them staged a sit-in in the entrance to city hall.
At one point -- we counted fifty protestors -- and 20-officers.
After more than an hour -- it was over -- there were no arrests.
Cunningham: "We came down here to force the issue and at this point - it's been forced."
Staffers say the issue of oversight is on the mayor's radar. It's just what form it will take -- is still up for discussion.
"It's certainly going to be a challenge," said interim fire chief Bernie Kanger.
Meanwhile -- the day after Mike McDonnell retired -- his replacement hit the get-to-know-me circuit.
Mayor Stothert says the 44-year-old has ways to save money in the fire department -- that has been over-budget by millions for years. "I think with fresh ideas, we are going to be able to run the fire department more efficiently and maybe we won't have to do any layoffs."
Mayor Stothert says she has her people in place now -- while keeping the taxpayer in mind.
The $793-million budget passed -- without a property tax increase.