The Omaha, Neb. police department continues to feel the repercussions of officers’ shocking treatment of a family last March. Two more police officers have been fired, adding to the four who were previously terminated for the racially motivated brutality (video below).
“As I have previously stated, we did not carry ourselves in a manner representative of the Omaha Police Department in this incident,” said Police Chief Todd Schmaderer in response to the latest firings, the Nebraska Watchdog reports.
The cops’ use of excessive force was captured on video by the first victim’s brothers, Juaquez and Demetrius Johnson. While looking into a routine parking violation a police officer throws their brother Octavius to the ground and begins hitting him. A dozen more invade then invade the family's house across the street.
“A parking ticket turned into officers storming my house and me being thrown to the ground and put into a chokehold,” said Octavius.
The Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has gotten involved, filing suit against the Omaha police department on behalf of the Johnson family.
"Despite the fact that no crime, drugs, or weapons were involved, more than twenty officers arrived at the Johnson's home, invaded their privacy, confiscated their property and unnecessarily injured four members of the family," said attorney Diana Vogt in an ACLU press release. "You do not lose your right to be treated with respect by law enforcement simply because of where you live in Omaha or the color of your skin."
The press release reports that over 20 officers arrived at the scene, searching the home without a warrant, throwing the brother’s aunt, Sharon Johnson, from her wheelchair and repeatedly hitting Juaquez. Sharon had to be hospitalized, and the family’s two dogs were taken into custody.
The Omaha Police Officers Association, the local police union, is also under fire by the ACLU for posting a video on its site of a swearing toddler, claiming it highlights a “cycle of violence and thuggery" in the community.