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Omaha Police to release bodycam footage from fatal encounter in November

Published: Apr. 22, 2021 at 7:46 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Mayor Jean Stothert’s office said Thursday that Omaha Police will release body-camera video from a deadly incident with a man last year.

Until now, all that has been seen are images from OPD officers’ encounter with Kenneth Jones, along with information that he had been uncooperative with police during a traffic stop.

There have been legal hurdles keeping it out of view from anyone but the grand jury, which found no wrongdoing.

The mayor’s office said it was working with OPD and the city attorney’s office to get the video released, which officials said would happen Friday.

Days after the November encounter, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer shared more details of the traffic stop and events leading up to a fatal officer-involved shooting of a Black man. The incident sparked protests downtown and subsequent arrests.

Stothert and Schmaderer released a joint statement Thursday night:

Correction: In a previous version of this story, one paragraph incorrectly stated information previously provided by Omaha Police. 6 News regrets the error.

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