Full of rage; that’s all I know to say I am. There are countless cases of police brutality DAILY… Here is just one.
This is one more reason I believe it is every citizen’s duty to keep their cell phone camera ready, especially when around cops. Filming cops is a duty, I believe….this is horrible… But sadly, even with this, the likelihood of the police being found at fault is slim. Look at the vast majority of previous cases if you disagree. I have put the video zoomed in, (it is a shorter version) below. For the full length video, please scroll down. Also, let us not forget Octavius’ aunt, who also is abused when a cop flips her and her wheelchair over, leaving the chair on top of her.
All of this over a car and expired tags, and misdemeanors….And profiling.
ALSO no matter how many arrests or charges in the past a person has had, that does NOT justify abuse nor targeting, especially when they are misdemeanors! I can’t stand how the media tries to justify cops misconduct!
I have copy and pasted the original article (cited below)… They said it all perfectly except I don’t like that they don’t show more anger towards the situation. But anyhow; the police department can say they are going to get to the bottom of this and make sure they know what happened all they want; but until they do the right thing by finding these abusers guilty, it is just talk, like every other police department.
But maybe I am missing something. Maybe Omaha is special and will show the rest of America what to do with coppers like these disgusting excuses …
” “To not feel safe, you can’t call the police because you’re worried about an assault from the police, but you know there will never be any consequences or repercussions.” “
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer responded during a news conference Saturday afternoon to allegations officers used excessive force during two arrests Thursday that was videotaped and posted on YouTube. (see below)
“I will get to the bottom of this. There is an internal investigation in full swing and the investigation will be conducted thoroughly, fairly and as swiftly as possible. I will discover what transpired at 33rd and Seward in its entirety and I will address it properly.”
You don’t see much of what happened before the neighbor recorded the arrests. An officer can be seen taking down 28-year-old Octavius Johnson, who was having his car towed for expired tags just before 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
“You are hitting him. Why are you hitting him?”
One of his younger brothers, Juaquez, was recording with his cellphone. “That’s abuse, that’s abuse.”
An officer walked Juaquez away from the scene, but the 23-year-old returned. A few minutes after the arrest more officers arrived and went after the brother. After a number of officers were in the house, the officer on the ground was shown striking the suspect several times.
Sharee Johnson, who was home during the arrests, is Octavius’ mother.
“If you see how many police officers were out here you would think we were drug dealers or injured someone. This was over a car.”
“We deserve an explanation of why we were treated this way,” said Sharon Johnson, Octavius’ aunt, who added an officer tipped her over in the doorway trying to get to Juaquez, who had run into the house. “He took my wheelchair and flipped me. I fell and my whole chair was on top of me.”
The family says officers took Juaquez’s cellphone, but didn’t know about the neighbor’s recording.
“I know this will be a battle,” said Sharee. “I pray justice prevails. They crossed the line and know it.” The family says police towed four cars, one for being parked in the wrong direction.
The family plans to file a complaint. Octavius and Juaquez are out of jail on bond for the misdemeanor charges of obstruction. Another brother, who was inside the home the entire time, remains in jail on an outstanding warrant. Police say two of the Johnson brothers have a long history of misdemeanor offenses, the youngest had two before this latest incident.
Friday, Robert Wagner criticized the officers involved. Wagner was taken down by police outside of Creighton University Medical Center in May 2011. In court he admitted he punched an officer at the start of the altercation. Even so, Wagner says OPD has a credibility problem in northeast Omaha.
“To not feel safe, you can’t call the police because you’re worried about an assault from the police, but you know there will never be any consequences or repercussions.”
Saturday, Chief Schmaderer assured the public the investigation will be thorough.
“The final resolution will be fair to the citizens of Omaha, the Omaha Police Department and the specific employees involved so that we can move forward and restore any public trust that may have eroded with this incident.”