A citizens group called Omahans for Justice Alliance wants the Department of Justice to investigate how Omaha Police use force.
The group includes the ACLU of Nebraska and Nebraskans for Peace. They send a letter Tuesday to the DOJ, asking its civil rights division to investigate OPD. Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice at UNO and a part of the group requesting an investigation, says the DOJ could order reforms if they find misconduct.
Omaha Police Chief Alex Hayes is retiring from the department.
A news release from Mayor Jim Suttle’s office says Hayes will retire March 30th. He’s been with the Omaha Police Department for 25 years, the last two-and-a-half as Police Chief. Hayes took over following former Chief Eric Buske’s departure in 2009.
Omaha Police are investigating the death of Ralston’s Fire Chief.
Authorities were called to 6902 Pine Street around 7:30 AM for a report of a down party. There, they found the body of 40-year-old Kyle Ienn hanging from a bridge. Ienn was a Ralston firefighter for more than 20 years. He was named Fire Chief in 2000.