Two fired OPD officers appeal to get their jobs back

Apr 24, 2013

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two Omaha police officers fired in an excessive force investigation have filed notices of appeal, indicating they intend to fight to get their jobs back.

Omaha police said Tuesday that the city's human resources department upheld the firings. Those fired were former officers Bradley Canterbury, James Kinsella and Justin Reeve, as well as former Sgt. Aaron Von Behren. Canterberry and Reeve filed appeal notices Tuesday.

Police Chief Todd Schmaderer fired the officers earlier this month after a March 21 incident involving police was secretly recorded. The video showed an officer grabbing 28-year-old Octavius Johnson from behind, violently throwing him to the ground and punching him while he was restrained. Other officers were seen chasing Johnson's brother, who was recording the arrest, into his house.

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