More than a dozen people chanted and carried signs outside of the Douglas County Courthouse in downtown Omaha Thursday afternoon. The demonstration was directed at County Attorney Don Kleine and other investigators, urging them to get to the bottom of last week’s arrests of three brothers.
“The problem is police brutality," the crowd chanted outside the courthouse at 17th and Farnam.
Family members said police used excessive force. A neighbor recorded cellphone video of the arrests. In it you you see an officer take down and then later strike Octavius Johnson several times. His mother was one of the courthouse protestors.
“They're hanging in there, but this is not going to be forgotten by them,” said Sharee Johnson. “It's mental, they can't forget it. What they went through is mental."
She wants more information on the officers involved. "Their information is not available. It's hidden and protected. My sons are up for display as if they were in the wrong."
"The police are public servants," said D'Shawn Cunningham. "They work for us. they shouldn't be afraid to go after problem officers."
The protestors understand there's a process to follow with the internal investigation, but are wondering why other investigators besides the police chief aren't speaking out and are demanding independent oversight of the police department.
Another rally is planned for Monday morning where the protesters will march from the downtown police station to the courthouse.