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Second Omaha Officer Placed on Paid Leave

Second Omaha Officer Placed on Paid Leave

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Paul Gutierrez

OMAHA (KPTM) - A second Omaha police officer involved in a controversial arrest more than a week ago has been pulled from the job with pay.

Authorities confirmed the move on Saturday.  Two other officers in connection to the March 21st incident have been reassigned.

It started with a parking dispute, but quickly escalated.  Cell phone video captured officers wrestling 28-year-old Octavius Johnson to the ground.  Johnson's family says officers went too far, but a police report counters that Johnson was argumentative and aggressive.  He faces three charges and is scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Omaha Police Officers Association is commenting on its website.  A post by Sergeant John Wells encourages the public to "be patient, don't rush to judgement and to let the investigation take its course." 

Wells also said in the post that police work is rarely black and white and rarely simple.

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