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Police-Community relations


The police shooting at bar on 40th and Farnam

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The incident as reported many times on various news sources involved a disturbance at this bar wherein two of the supposed perps left the bar with one allegedly breaking out a window. They got in their car and were shot at by an "off duty" Omaha policeman working security.

Not only was one of them hit in the leg but the shots also went into houses or apartments down the street.

I am fairly sure that OPD procedures do not allow the discharge of a weapon in a case where no serious crime is involved and also where the person/officer is not in any danger.

Certainly the actions of this officer would be under serious consideration for breaking known city law if this had been a "normal" citizen. The possible deadly consequences of discharging firearms under these conditions, not only to the persons involved, but also to any poor bloke within several blocks or more of the discharge is way too much to have this dismissed by the public or by the courts.

This will not help communtiy relations between citizens and their "protectors".

sptah

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RALLEY - PROTEST MARCH fOURTH Week of January 2010

WHAT: POLICE BRUTALITY, UNEXPLAINED & UNEXPLAINABLE DEATHS via OMAHA POLICE SHOOTING.

WHY: ALL IT TAKES FOR THESE THING TO KEEP HAPPENING IS FOR GOOD PEOPLE TO NOT GET INVOLVED.

WHEN: FOURTH WEEK OF JANUARY 2010

WHERE: OMAHA CITY HALL SIDEWALKS AND OMAHA POLICE HQ 15TH & JACKSON STREETS

BRING YOUR PROTEST SIGNS,

BRING YOU VIDEO CAMERAS

CALL THE OMAHA WORLD HEALD

CALL KETV KMTV WOWY KXVO

CALL UNO REPORTERS

CALL AND INVITE EVERYONE YOU KNOW.

IT WILL BE A NON VIOLOENT EVENT, BUT ONE MUST BE WARY OF POLICE INSTIGATING A FIGHT OF FLIGHT SITUATION. DO NOT TAKE THE PAIT NO MATTER HOW MUCH SHIT THESE COPS ATTEMPT TO INTIMIDATE.

DO NOT TAUNT THE ASSHOLES IN BLUE, THEY HAVE TAZERS, BATONS & GUNS WITH BULLETS, IGNORE ALL THEIRE SHOUTS, AND EGGING YOU ON.

REMEMBER: COPS HATE LET ME REPEAT HATE ALL CIVILIANS, THEY THINK WE ARE CLUELESS ABOUT THEIR ILLEGAL ACTIONS, THEY WILL NOT GIVE YOU A BREAK, OR ANY SYMPATHY WEATHER YOU ARE 90 YEARS OLD, 10 YEARS OLD, PREGNANT, A WAR HERO, TO THEM WE ALL ARE SCUM.

WEAR A HARD HAT IF YOU LIKE, WEAR A SKI MASK IF YOU LIKE, COME BARE-ASSED NAKED IF YOU LIKE, (nakedness may be an arrsesting offence however,)

BRING WATER IN PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES SHOULD TEAR GAS BE RELEASED. WEAR THICK CLOTH TO COVER ONES NOSE & MOUTH IN THE EVENT TEAR GAS IS RELEASE. THOSE WITH A GAS MASK BRING THEM.

DO NOT REPEAT DO NOT BRING ANY KNIVES, GUNS, CLUBS, THIS WILL GET YOU ARRESTED,

We understand there are a few good cops, yet they toe the line for the psychotic and brutal thug elements in OPD with a mafia like code of silence, fearing retrebution for "squeelinq" on brother & sister officers.

OPD's POLICE CHIEF CANNOT BE TRUSTED, HE WILL PROTECT ALL HIS OFFICERS EVEN IF ONE OR TWO ARE OBVIOUSLY GUILYT OF CRIMINAL CONDUCT. IF HE ARRIVES, SHOUT HIM DOWN, HE IS A 'TESTILIAR.' AND DESPISES OMAHANS. FROM WHAT I HAVE ENCOUNTERED.

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Plea for Help to all of Omaha’s Sister Cities throughout the World.

There is an epidemic of police brutality in Omaha Nebraska U.S.A. The victims are African American, Latino, Asian, Native Americans, and Caucasian . Many victims are youth. Those who are killed and brutalized by police are denied justice and even dignity. Many whose lives have been irreparably harmed, or ended by violent policemen & policewomen in the Omaha Police Force, they cannot speak for themselves, but we can and we will. This is a WAKE UP CALL for all citizens of Omaha, their families, and for people who live with police brutality every day to come forward and tell what they know and experience. It is a call to people from all walks of life who believe in justice to support the demand to stop police brutality in Omaha Parents, especially, we have all supported the police without question in the past, but now it’s happened to your child, goaded into a fight or flight situation fearing imminent brutality, and death, then brutally beaten, or shot and murdered simply to keep themselves from harm. We need to put a national spotlight on police brutality in order to stop it.

Everything we as citizens have done we have lost, such as our Police Auditor, Tristian Bonn, Why? To sweep every dirty deed, and questionable murder under the carpet.

Marches do not help, as police in America have historically and sadistically released vicious German Shepherd Police Attack Dogs foaming at the jaws upon us as they tear innocent protestors limb from limb. They use Riot Guns, Tear Gas, Elite Killer SWAT Teams even Military Weapons to Suppress our righteous marches to demand police accountability.

WE SHALL NEVER FORGIVE NOR FORGET: The Vivian Strong Shooting. 14 Year old Vivian Strong shot in the back of her head by officer, James L. Loder, as she exited an apartment. Loder was found not guilty of this killing.

WE SHALL NEVER FORGIVE NOR FORGET: The Marvin Ammons Shooting.During patrol on October 26, 1997, Officer Todd Sears shot and killed Marvin Ammons. Sears, a white police officer, and his partner, stated that Ammons, an African American Gulf War veteran, had pulled out a gun from his belt after approaching the officer's police cruiser when he (Sears) drew his weapon and opened fire. Ammons was speaking on a cell phone when officers first observed him standing on a snow covered street with his car blocking the road.

A grand jury was called in accordance to Nebraska law which requires a grand jury investigate any death that occurs while a subject is in police custody. The grand jury indicted Sears on charges of manslaughter, however the indictment was thrown out due to juror misconduct. A second grand jury cleared Sears of all charges, however criticized Omaha Police in their handling of the incident, noting that 1: Ammons' cell phone was found in Sears' cruiser the day after the shooting; 2: Drug and alcohol testing was not performed on the officers at the scene, including Sears, in accordance with policy; 3: Sears' cruiser was not impounded. Sears left the department on a disability pension, claiming post traumatic stress disorder.

WE SHALL NEVER FORGIVE NOR FORGET: The George Bibbins Shooting.

On July 19, 2000, Officer Jerad Kruse shot and killed the driver, 46 year old George Bibbins. Kruse, stated he observed Bibbins, an African-American citizen who was only reaching down after the Jeep was forced to a stop when he opened fire. Bibbins was found dead with a screwdriver in his hand. The incident was investigated by a grand jury and Kruse was cleared of any wrongdoing, which led to outrage not only in the African-American community, but the White Community as well. Further more it inflamed fellow African-American Omaha Police Officers. This incident, along with the Marvin Ammons shooting, led to an extremely strained relationship between the department and all citizens of Omaha, Nebraska. Kruse, like Sears, also left the department with a disability pension.

Police Departments do not respond to citizens complaints, they laugh, sneer, and turn the tables around by arresting we honest citizens on bogus charges of “making false police reports” against their “Brothers & Sisters in Blue.” Honest and Good Police Officers remain silent time after time out of fear of being branded and ostracized as “traitors to the code of the blue.”

The so called “MOVERS & SHAKERS,” and “BIG SHOTS” of Omaha stick their heads in the sand, and take no notice, hopefully one day thuggish cops with their military haircuts will be put on the carpet, and stripped of their badges, batons and bullets. “Old School Drunks,” who decide life & death on the streets to help cover up the deadly mistakes of sons, nephews, brothers, & cousins on the forces will be pensioned out once and for all.

Brother & Sister Omahans: Don’t talk the talk if you can’t walk the walk. If we don’t do something now, then don’t shed a goddamned tear when your sons and daughters are slaughtered in the street like rabid dogs by another Omaha police officer “TESTILYING” he saw a glimmer of gun barrel when all along it was high school graduation ring after many years of hard dedicated study . “Ahh…but don’t worry young officer, surely Internal Affairs and a so called “honest” grand jury will magically turn that innocent ring into a deadly 50 caliber long barrel with hollow points.”

No Longer will we tolerate this violence and suffer in silence while Police put our children’s cold dead corpses in a BODY BAGS!

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We Omahans have seen far too much abuse, police baiting our family members into fight or flight scenarios by their physical abuse, and loud threats, hoping like hell they will instinctively run in sheer defense or push back so rogue officers will have an easy and defenseless target to shoot at to “Make their Day,” as “Dirty Harry” had said many times in his movies.

I doubt seriously if internal affairs will do a goddamned thing to the cop involved, nor do anything to any police officers who may have violated their oaths to uphold the law, as a “Boss Hog,” good ole boy ( and good ole girl, ) mentality is far too ingrained into O.P.D.’s notorious culture, and where “TESTILYING,” and a strict code of mafia-like silence, in Italian: “omertà,” is, or seems to be encouraged from top to bottom, starting at the police academy to keep even the bad apples in O.P.D. continuously promoted, and heralded as “Highly Decorated.” I have never simply heard of an officer, or a decorated, officer, it is always Highly Decorated Officer.” Seems to be O.P.D. doesn’t really give a whole lot of jack squat for the citizen taxpayers who pay the paychecks, and are shot for having a cell phone mistaken as a 50 caliber long barrel. Why it seemed like only yesterday when a an Omaha cop shot 14 year old Vivian Strong in the back of her head as she exited a house party of teenagers. Of course that cop was exonerated, and more likely than not, decorated!

While a grand jury looked into the shooting of George Bibins by Omaha Police Officer Jerad Kruse, family, friends, and fellow officers gathered en masse to show their support for Kruse. Of course we citizens of Omaha ( not being as stupid as police believe us to be,) knew well beforehand what any grand jury findings would be, and that of course came to no surprise when former Omaha Police Officer Jared Kruse was repeatedly exonerated in connection with the mysteriously deadly shooting of the unarmed George Bibins, when Kruse approached the vehicle and shot Bibins moments later. To pour salt into the wounds of the Bibins family and all Omahans was when Kruse was allowed to retire, saying that he suffered from post traumatic stress disorder and could no longer function as a police officer.

O.P.D. has absolutely no idea what Omaha citizens think of policemen & policewomen, and Internal Affairs, we use words such as murderers, widespread corruption, mafia-like mentality, cover-ups, violent thugs, total disrespect, trigger happy, and “Roid Raged.” Pushy, Loud & Obnoxious assholess. We are no fools, we know what is a “Throwdown,” and what is a “Bag of Insurance,” (such as a pound of methamphetamine,) locked in the patrol cruiser’s trunk hidden from view used occasionally to destroy the lives of those whom rogue cops simply have a disliking for.

We know there are a few good Police Officers at O.P.D. but they too keep stone silent whenever another questionable shooting occurs, or a case of “contempt of cop,” leads to yet another citizen beat down just as Rodney King was savagely beat. If it were not for Mr. King’s beating on Camera, those savages from LAPD would telling and retelling more “Gorillas in the Mist,” stories at their favorite bar.

Police careers and promotions may be harmed by testifying truthfully, so “TESTILYING” is so much easier as Internal Affairs only job it appears is that of whitewashing all the sins and so called ‘boyish tomfoolery’ of O.P.D. I mean after all, what is a bit of rough stuff, a couple of punches here and there, a baton struck all over ones body for not showing “proper” deference to ‘the uniform,’ or a few haughty and tasteless words from an officer such as “motherfucker,” “son of a bitch” or “cocksucker,” when a good officer’s career is at stake, compared to the ‘hurt feelings’ of some lame citizen, right? Especially if that officer has a grandfather, a father, a couple of brothers, maybe two or three uncles all on the same force. (Is it any wonder why Mayor Fahey fired the Omaha Police Auditor Tristian Bonn? )
“There are very many people who are convinced of their own cleverness to such an extent that they have never in their lives met any but fools.” Carl Jung.

It sure seems that OPD has absolute power, and as Lord Acton wrote in in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton, in 1887: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." Acton was preceded by William Pitt the Elder, who voiced a similar thought in a House of Lords speech in 1770: "Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it; and this I know, my lords, that where laws end, tyranny begins."

It’s time for Internal affairs to stop mollycoddling these bad apples, and to do so despite the bad looks, and whispers coming from their fathers, brothers, uncles etc., on the force, and fellow officers who they share camaraderie with. But that isn’t going to happen, think about it…. how many riots, and marches have taken place in the 20th century and made some gains, yet little by little they were taken back as citizens became complacent, and a psychology of fear was instilled into Americans so we allowed aggressive policing in the name of “The War on Drugs,” “The War on Gangs,” “The War on Mafia,” “The War on Terrorism.” Heavily armed SWAT with military weapons serving warrants of arrest at 3:00 A.M. and terrorizing entire families often with unintended deadly results.

It is time to for concerned Omahans to stop talking and take some action whether it be a boycott, or a method to stop conventions and business investment from coming to our city by an aggressive campaign such as the world citizens did with the Apartheid regime of South Africa. And once gains have been made to never again relax as we will all we sacrificed for just as previous generations.