Group urges continued steps towards reform from OPD


April 05, 2013

CONTACT: Becki Brenner (402) 476-8091,

LINCOLN - ACLU of Nebraska Executive Director Becki Brenner released the following statement in response to Omaha Police Department's recent announcement of disciplinary action in response to allegations of law enforcement misconduct.

Since the release of the video and allegations of misconduct in March, trust between the Omaha Police Department and people in Omaha has been strained. We appreciate that Police Chief Todd Schmaderer has taken these allegations seriously and moved forward with disciplinary action. The ACLU will continue to monitor this situation and work with our community partners to ensure that this incident is dealt with in an appropriate manner.

While the action in this instance is admirable, it will take more to build the trust of the community. We hope that this sparks a series of reforms from the Omaha Police Department and that they actively work with community leaders moving forward.