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Omaha Police Place Commanding Officer on Paid Leave

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OMAHA (KPTM) - As the internal investigation of an arrest caught on video continues, the Omaha Police Department announced Monday morning a commanding officer has been placed on paid administrative leave.

This brings the number of officers placed on leave to three. Police say two others remain on temporary reassignment.

Octavius Johnson and his brothers Juaquez and Demetrius, were arrested.

Police say Octavius Johnson resisted arrest and tried to obstruct officers towing his car for expired registration. In a video recorded by a neighbor, he is seen being pulled to the ground by his neck.

A video recorded by a neighbor March 21st shows an Omaha police officer pull Octavius Johnson to the ground. The officer is seen punching Johnson.

Youtube link of arrest video.

Johnson's younger brother Juaquez is seen yelling at the officer in the street. He is then escorted by another officer to the sidewalk across the street.

Juaquez is then seen recording the officers with a cell phone, still yelling at officers. The second officer returns, and walks towards Juaquez, who retreats back to the front yard of his home.

When the officer returns to the other officers and Octavius, you can Juaquez return back to the sidewalk across the street. This time, he has a cell phone out, pointed at the group. He can be heard yelling, "that's abuse!" several times.

The second officer is then seen speaking into a radio on his shoulder. 30 seconds later, sirens are heard, and the officer walks to a police cruiser parked across the street. Two other cruisers pull up, and Juaquez runs back to his house.

At that moment, the officer chases him into his house, and five other officers follow. Shortly after, at about 2:56 into the video, the first officer is seen raising his head up and then can be seen punching Octavius several times.

Five more officers then arrive less than a minute later, and help take Octavius into custody.

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schamderer says the investigation will continue, and he will address the public when it is complete.

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