Officer Sues City of Omaha After Topless Photo Suspension

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

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An Omaha police officer has been suspended by the police chief after topless photos surfaced of women posing on the officer's police motorcycle. The officer, Terrence Cabral, says he was treated unfairly compared to other cases of discipline involving non-Hispanic officers. Cabral is Hispanic.

On July 28, 2012, Cabral says he stopped at a motorcycle rally at the Chrome Lounge at 85th and Park Drive while on-duty. He says that while he was away from his bike -- a woman got on it, put on his helmet and had her photo taken while she was topless. He says he didn't see it but was aware of what happened from others so he reported it to his Sergeant.

Cabral, 50, has been with the Omaha police department for 6 years. He's assigned to the traffic unit.

Omaha police chief Todd Schmaderer, in a letter provided with the complaint, said this was conduct unbecoming and suspended Cabral for 7 days and kicked him out of the Traffic Unit. Cabral began his new assignment with the Uniform Patrol on November 11.

In the letter, the chief outlined other witnesses who said Cabral appeared to take a picture of the woman himself with a cellphone camera and that the officer told the others to "just Photoshop the number off my bike so I don't get in trouble."

In the lawsuit, Cabral says other non-Hispanic officers have been accused of criminal acts which were admitted and they were not removed from specialty units.

Cabral says he will earn about $2,500 per month less pay because of the reassignment.

No date has been set to hear the case.

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