Omaha Police Command Officer placed on leave

Apr 2, 2013

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police say a command officer has been placed on administrative leave as the department continues investigating an allegation of brutality.

Police said in a news release Monday that the command officer joins two others already on leave because of their ties to the incident last month. Two other officers have been reassigned.

Police again declined on Monday to name the officers involved.

Police Chief Todd Schmaderer ordered an internal investigation a day after a video turned up online showing an officer grabbing 28-year-old Octavius Johnson from behind, violently throwing him to the ground and punching him while he was restrained.

The March 21st arrest was secretly recorded by a neighbor. The arrest happened after officers responded to a parking complaint in a north Omaha neighborhood.

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