Former Omaha officer agrees to plea deal

Jul 17, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former Omaha police officer facing criminal charges in connection to a controversial arrest last year has agreed to a plea deal.

James Kinsella entered a no contest plea Wednesday on two misdemeanor counts of obstructing governmental operations. Other charges, including evidence tampering and theft by unlawful taking, were dropped.

Four Omaha police officers were fired after a March 2013 arrest involving three brothers. A neighbor recorded the arrest, and the footage was posted online. One officer was later allowed to return to work.

The 33-year-old Kinsella was accused of illegally confiscating a cellphone memory card and throwing it away. He and another former officer were charged in the case.

Sentencing is scheduled on Aug. 28.

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