‘Remedial training’ next for ‘caught on camera’ Omaha police officer

Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog

OMAHA—The city’s battle with a police officer accused of excessive force in a caught on camera case is over.

Police Chief Todd Schmaderer has decided not to appeal a ruling giving Officer Bradley Canterbury his job back, according to Assistant City Attorney Bernard in den Bosch, who says Canterbury should be back on the force in the next few days.

Scene from 33rd and Seward Street caught on tape last March

Although the city disagrees with an independent arbitrator’s decision, in den Bosch says appeals rarely win unless the arbitrator is guilty of misconduct which is difficult to prove.

Once back on the force Canterbury is expected to go through several days of “remedial training” where in den Bosch says the officer will have to again qualify to shoot his weapon and catch up on department changes that have occurred since he was fired in the aftermath (video below) of a March 21 must-see six minute recording.

What began as a routine parking problem near 33rd and Seward Street escalated as some 30 officers moved in on the neighborhood.

The viral video, shot by a neighbor, shows Canterbury throwing a man to the ground and hitting him several times while a dozen other fellow officers stormed a home across the street.

Despite the video and the department’s claim that Canterbury went too far, the arbitrator insisted there was “not sufficient evidence” of excessive force.

Canterbury’s firing was reduced to a written reprimand for filing an incomplete report.

Of the six fired officers Canterbury and three others were terminated in April—only Canterbury appealed. Two more who were fired earlier this month might still appeal their firings.

Two of the four fired in April, James Kinsella and Aaron Von Behren, are facing criminal charges accused of covering-up evidence.

Chief Schmaderer and 32 of his officers—nearly four percent of the department—are listed in a federal lawsuit filed by the ACLU accusing police of excessive force and illegal search and seizure.

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