Ex-Lincoln officer pleads not guilty to assaulting man

Former Lincoln officer Benjamin Rieker was charged with third-degree assault and false reporting

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A former Lincoln police officer who resigned days before he was charged for an incident that happened while he was off-duty has pleaded not guilty in the case.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that 32-year-old Benjamin Rieker entered the written plea before he was set to appear in court on Wednesday.

BACKGROUND INFO: Lincoln Police officer resigns, is charged with 3rd-degree assault

He’s charged with third-degree assault and false reporting. Rieker resigned Jan. 26, days before the assault charge was filed.

Investigators say Rieker was working security at a Lincoln hospital Oct. 31 when he sought out a 51-year-old man he had earlier argued with and shoved the man unprovoked, causing the man to fall and hit his head.

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