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The Omaha police officer captured on video pulling a man to the ground and striking him is now on paid administrative leave following the controversial arrest near 33rd and Seward Streets.
The Police Department has not identified that officer, but The World-Herald has learned he is Bradley D. Canterbury, a nearly five-year veteran of the force and a former Marine.
The newspaper also learned that Dyea L. Rowland and Matthew C. Worm are the two officers temporarily reassigned from normal duties in the incident.
All three were identified in police reports last week as the initial responding officers. But those reports did not specify what roles each played in the March 21 incident that led to allegations of excessive force and an internal police investigation.
The department said Tuesday that one officer had been shifted to administrative leave, a move that signals the possibility police officials are weighing disciplinary action. That action could include a reprimand, demotion or termination.
The incident was sparked by a dispute over the towing of vehicles with expired license plates. It escalated to a “help an officer'' call, to which about a dozen police vehicles responded.
The video was made by a neighbor and had been viewed nearly 269,000 times on YouTube as of Thursday.
An officer now known to be Canterbury is seen on the video pulling Octavious Johnson, 28, to the ground from behind and appears to strike him multiple times. Rowland moves in to help subdue Johnson and take him into custody.
Worm is shown restraining one of Johnson's brothers from entering the scuffle before returning to check on the two officers.
Worm soon returns to his cruiser, then emerges again to chase the brother, Juaquez Johnson, 23, into a nearby house as other officers begin to arrive at the scene.
Rowland eventually follows Worm and other officers into the house. A family member has said police chased Juaquez Johnson inside to take from him his own recording of the incident.
Canterbury and Rowland were hired by the City of Omaha in June 2008, according to city records. Worm was hired in March 1999.
In a résumé posted on the LinkedIn social networking site, Canterbury identifies himself as a police officer and former Marine Corps sergeant.
He was previously employed by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services — both as a correctional officer and defensive-tactics training instructor. Canterbury says on the site he also served as a federal police officer for the Federal Reserve of Dallas.
He served as an infantry rifleman from 1995 through 1999, a Marine Corps spokeswoman said.
He was awarded the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
World-Herald staff writer Joseph Morton contributed to this report.
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