OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- The Omaha Police Department is conducting an internal investigation into a weekend traffic stop where officers broke a window to arrest a driver.
Police released information on the arrest of 50-year-old Darnell Davis Tuesday after a nearly five minute video of the incident was posted on social media over the weekend. Gang Unit officers stopped Davis in a 2006 Cadillac Deville at 41st and Bedford Ave on Saturday because the vehicle had no license plates or in transit stickers.
Police said Davis rolled his window down only slightly to give the officer documents for the vehicle. According to police, after smelling marijuana coming from the vehicle the officer ordered that Davis and his passenger unlock their doors and step out so the vehicle could be searched. Davis and the passenger refused and began recording the officers.
The officers told the driver that body worn cameras were also recording the incident. Video shows Davis refusing multiple orders to roll down the window or unlock the doors.
“I gave you everything you asked for. I’ve done nothing wrong. You pulled me over. You don’t have a valid reason to pull me over,” Davis can be heard saying in the video. “Okay, so I have no plates, but you have my registration. You have the insurance to the vehicle.”
Police said the passenger, who was the owner of the vehicle, asked Davis to roll down the window.
The officer can be heard telling Davis the vehicle smells like marijuana. Davis denies that there is marijuana in the car.
“Not at all sir,” Davis said. “There’s no marijuana – none of that illegal nothing in this vehicle. So you can stop with the trying to false accusations.”
Officers said Davis eventually placed the vehicle in drive. Police said the officer believed Davis was likely to flee the scene. The officers told the occupants to cover their faces and proceeded to break out driver's side window to gain entry. The officers then unlocked and opened the door and took Davis into custody.
Officers located 20 grams of marijuana and a scale in the vehicle. Davis was subsequently booked with No Valid Registration, Obstructing a Peace Officer, Possession of Marijuana less than one Ounce and Resisting Arrest.
The passenger/vehicle owner was released without any citations.
No one was injured during the incident.
Officials have reviewed the social media video as well as officers' body worn camera video that was also recorded during the encounter. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer has authorized an internal investigation into this incident and below is a short description of the traffic stop.