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Protestors Demand More Investigation into Police Brutality Case

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Meghan McRoberts


By holding up signs, chanting, and marching, nearly a dozen people protested outside of City Hall Thursday to draw attention from County Attorney, Don Kleine.

The group demanded more investigating into what they call excessive police force.

A community member captured cell phone video near 33rd and Seward that showed what appeared to be police punching a man, and chasing another into a nearby home without a search warrant.

"If they break the law, then other people can break the law as well," said protestor Ronald Johnson. "They figure if police can do it, so can we."

Protestors say they're angry that the mayor, police chief, and county attorney are not being open enough about an internal police investigation into the case.

Don Kleine, however, says he's not involved yet in the investigation. He says he wouldn't be in any case until police have finished their part of the investigation first.

"With regards to that incident, I haven't been asked to review anything by anybody," said Kleine. "If somebody asked me to look at this I'd be happy to for whatever reason to see if there are any crimes that we'd be able to prosecute."

Kleine says his office gets involved with police shootings, or more serious cases that would warrant a felony charge.

Protestor Robert Wagner says he wants Kleine to intervene. "As long as Don Kleine sits back in his office and allows the police to police the police, we're going to have many more of these," said Wagner.

Kleine says for now, he's sticking to the policy he does with every case. "I think they deserve answers at some point in time, but we have to let the process run through it's course."

Protestors say they plan to protest that process again before election day. They've planned to march from Police headquarters to City Hall Monday to keep pressure on the police department, and keep their message at the top of city leader's minds.




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