Lt Darci Tierney said, "In responding to a shots fired call that would definitely be the case where they would have their guns drawn and call people out of the car for officer safety."
Clint and Tammie Carmichael said when officers saw their eleven year old daughter in the pick-up they should have realized they might have the stopped the wrong vehicle.
June 15th at 11 pm Officers responded to a call of shots fired in the Harvey Oaks neighborhood. Witnesses reported a black vehicle leaving the area. That's about the time the Carmichaels picked up their daughter at a friends home in the neighborhood. The said they had been attending a church meeting.
Officers with guns drawn ordered the family out of their pickup near 148th and Center in Omaha.
After cuffing Clint and Tammie officers allowed the daughter who had been standing near the pickup to join her mother. All were released after about a half hour Carmichael said. Tammie Carmichael said, "About five officers standing around said its just one of those things. You're in the wrong place at the wrong time." She claims that's what officers told her.
The OPD spokesperson Lt. Tierney said, "Its certainly possible for the wrong car to get pulled over because we rely on witnesses and other observations people make about a suspect vehicle."
The Carmichaels met with an Internal Affairs officer today but have hired attorney John Carter to look into a civil rights violation.
The Carmichaels filed another internal affairs complaint against Omaha police over a towing incident. They said police cleared the officer.