Sixth Omaha police officer fired as arrest investigation ends

Jan. 10, 2014 at 4:04 PM
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OMAHA, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A sixth Omaha, Neb., police officer involved in arrests of three brothers and an alleged evidence-tampering cover-up was fired, a newspaper said Friday.

The Omaha World-Herald, citing people with knowledge of an internal police investigation, reported Officer John D. Payne was terminated Thursday, marking the official end to an investigation of the March incident.

Officer Dyea Rowland, who was fired Wednesday, was the first on the scene to handle a parking complaint in March in Omaha, and is visible in a video taken by a neighbor. The video shows another early responder, Officer Bradley Canterbury, one of four officers fired in April, throwing Octavious Johnson to the ground, handcuffing him and later appearing to strike him several times.

Another fired officer, James Kinsella, was charged with felony evidence tampering and misdemeanor obstruction and theft. He was accused of destroying a camera memory card used by Juaquez Johnson, Octavious Johnson's brother, used to record police officers' actions at the scene.

Another brother, Demetrius Johnson, recorded the incident with another camera.

Kinsella's supervisor, Sgt. Aaron Von Behren, faces misdemeanor charges for orchestrating a cover-up.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Johnson brothers in Omaha federal court last week against the 32 officers who responded and Omaha police Chief Todd Schmaderer, the newspaper said.

A Jan. 6 statement from the ACLU said the suit alleges officers used excessive force and completed a search without a warrant, adding the family seeks punitive damages from four officers and compensation for medical expenses and property damage.

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