Lawsuit says Omaha Police used excessive force at protests
The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging police tactics.
(OMAHA, Neb.) – A lawsuit accuses Omaha police of using excessive force when they responded to protests against police brutality and racial injustice in Nebraska’s largest city earlier this year with pepper balls and mass arrests.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging police tactics. City officials said they believe police acted properly, and previously, they have defended the arrests made during protests because police believed the gatherings had the potential to become violent and in some cases violence had already broken out.
At one protest in July more than 100 people were arrested but most of the charges were later dismissed.