Excessive Force Investigation: Second OPD Officer Placed On Leave

By: WOWT, The Associated Press Email
By: WOWT, The Associated Press Email

Omaha police announced Saturday a second officer has been placed on administrative leave as the department investigates a recorded incident that has led to accusations of police brutality.

OPD said in a news release that the officer placed on leave is in addition to another officer placed on leave last week and two officers who have been reassigned. Police again declined to name the officers involved.

Police Chief Todd Schmaderer ordered an internal investigation a day after a video turned up online showing an officer grabbing 28-year-old Octavius Johnson from behind, violently throwing him to the ground and punching him while he was restrained.

The March 21st arrest was recorded by a neighbor. The arrest happened after officers responded to an ongoing parking complaint at 33rd and Seward where several vehicles were towed.

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