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Omaha Police Department Places Officer on Leave

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OMAHA (KPTM) - The Omaha Police Department says it has placed one officer involved in an incident caught on video last week on Administrative Leave.

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer announced Tuesday morning the officer was removed from temporary reassignment and placed on paid leave following internal investigations.

Chief Schmaderer says updates will be provided periodically during the investigation.

Two other officers who were involved will stay on temporary re-assignment.

The department says it cannot talk about the specifics of personnel matters.

Video of the arrest.

In a statement Monday, Mayor Jim Suttle said the following:  "We take allegations of abuse or the use of excessive force by any police officer seriously.  We've worked hard to gain public trust and will do what's necessary to ensure that trust is not broken.  The City and its Police Officers have made great strides in developing a good working relationship with the people they serve.  This positive relationship has strengthened Omaha's community policing efforts and helped us reduce crime. The Chief has assured me that there will be a comprehensive investigation into this incident and a review of applicable policies and procedures. I'm confident that Chief Schmaderer will address any violations of our Police Department's professional standards in an appropriate fashion." 

The President of the Omaha Police Officer's Association also commented on the incident.

"That video obviously tells a story, but we don't believe it tells the whole story and let's let the chief investigate all the facts and all the circumstances before we come to conclusions," Union President John Wells said.

Wells and mayoral candidate Dave Nabity took to the airwaves Monday on KFAB.

"My concern is that when you see events like what unfolded in that video the residents are not going to communicate with law enforcement. If they fear law enforcement to the extent I think the community fears law enforcement."

Nabity says the city needs an independent police auditor. Someone outside the police department who can answer questions.

"Did the guy need to be taken down or could you have pushed him over the trunk and handcuffed him right there, um did you need to punch him, did you need to run into the house?"

Other candidates for mayor are speaking out, as well.

Council member Jean Stothert says she supports creating a board made up of citizens and law enforcement.

Dan Welch says the investigation has to thorough and transparent.

Brad Ashford does not support a police auditor - he says trust needs to be built in the community.

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