Omaha Police: Officer will face ‘remedial training’ after video of arrest surfaces
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Omaha Police Department says an officer will receive “remedial training” after a passerby took video of him making an arrest.
Officer Dave Stewart, a 16-year OPD veteran, was the officer who was seen stepping on Jennifer Carter’s leg as she was arrested, OPD said.
Carter was cited on suspicion of criminal mischief on May 1 and was told not to return to a property after allegedly damaging an apartment door, police say. Later that day, a 911 caller said Carter returned to the property and was trying to destroy his property again.
“The officers saw Ms. Carter walking toward the property, but she turned to walk in the opposite direction when she saw them,” the police department said. “The officers contacted Ms. Carter and attempted to place her in police custody. Ms. Carter resisted the officer’s attempts to place her into custody, and a use of force occurred.”
A witness, who did not want to be identified at the time, told 3 News Now that she was driving down North 30th Street when she saw Carter “slammed” to the ground. The witness said she parked by the curb and started recording video of the arrest.
The department says that Chief Todd Schmaderer authorized the internal investigation.
In an email on Tuesday, the department said: “The Internal Affairs Unit has determined that his actions were not in accordance with the Omaha Police Policy and Procedures Manual.”
The email continued to explain the disciplinary action that was taken by the department.
“As outlined in the Omaha Police Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Chief of Police can issue disciplinary action ranging from a Job Performance Interview to a 20 day suspension without pay, and termination. Chief Schmaderer has issued Officer Stewart discipline, to include remedial training.”
According to the email, the exact details of Stewart’s discipline cannot be shared due to personnel rights.