An Omaha law enforcement official that was fired for not reporting use of force on a subdued suspect has been reinstated by the Omaha Police Department.
The officer, Bradley D. Canterbury, was fired from the force along with five other officers after the brutality involved in their arrest of Octavius Johnson was caught on camera. According to KMTV Action 3 News, one of Johnson’s neighbor’s filmed Canterbury and the other officers hitting Johnson to the ground and punching him while he was subdued. The officers were also caught on camera running into the Johnson’s house without a warrant to stop Johnson’s brother from shooting another video of the incident.
The entire event occurred as a result of a minor parking violation. According to RT, the police officers arrived at Johnson's house after responding to a complaint that Johnson “had parked his truck in the wrong area of the street.”
Johnson explained that what happened when the officers arrived was unexpected outbreak of police brutality unrelated to his parking violation.
“[The officer] went around my neck, threw me to the ground, choked me out to the point where I couldn’t breathe or speak. The officer told me to stop resisting, punched me in the face and said ‘do you want to die today,’” Johnson said.
Johnson’s mother Sharee explained that the incident would have leave a permanent scar on their family's view of the law enforcement agency.
“This incident will live with our family for the rest of our lives. None of us can call 911 when we need help and believe that police would be there to help us. We live in a city where we feel we have no protection,” Sharee said.
Reason reports that Canterbury was reinstated after his use of force was deemed justified in a 38-page ruling handed down by an arbitrator. The ruling explains that Cantebury used “hammer hits” rather than kicking or elbowing Johnson. It also regards Cantebury as innocent for the cover-up of the incident, while two other officers are facing charges for failing to properly report the use of force.