An Omaha police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave following a videotaped arrest that is at the center of an excessive force allegation.
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer last week had temporarily reassigned three officers involved in the arrest, and vowed to oversee a thorough investigation of alleged brutality in the arrest of three men near 33rd and Seward Streets.
On Tuesday, police announced that one of the officers has been shifted to administrative leave. A spokeswoman for the department declined to say what the change means or why it was made.
But placing an officer on administrative leave signals the possibility that department officials are weighing disciplinary action, which could range from a reprimand to demotion or termination.
None of the officers involved in last Thursday's arrests has been identified by the department.
Omaha police said the investigation continues and asked the public for patience. Schmaderer said he would update the community on the progress of the investigation and its outcome.
A neighbor captured the arrest was captured on videotape, which was then posted on YouTube.
It shows a police officer throwing a man, Octavious Johnson, to the street. While on the ground, Johnson, 28, appears to take at least three punches from an officer.
Johnson and his two brothers, Juaquez Johnson, 23, and Demetrius Johnson, 22, were arrested.
The aunt of the men, Sharon Johnson, said officers chased Juaquez into the house to get video he had taken of Octavious Johnson's takedown. She said she got tipped over in her wheelchair in the fracas.
Sharon Johnson said she was interviewed by the department's Internal Affairs on Friday.
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