The Nebraska State Patrol served a search warrant Saturday at the home of three north Omaha men whose controversial arrests led to the firing of four Omaha police officers.
The State Patrol went to 3321 Seward St., home of Octavious, Juaquez and Demetrius Johnson.
The brothers were arrested by police March 21. The arrests led to allegations of excessive force and evidence tampering.
According to the warrant, authorities were looking Saturday for a cellphone or recording device that may include evidence of witness tampering, conspiracy, evidence tampering and assault.
Troopers confiscated one cellphone, according to an inventory list given to the Johnson family.
“We needed to look for any kind of recording devices that were alleged to have been used that day,” Brenda Beadle, chief deputy Douglas County attorney, said in an interview. “I don’t know if they (troopers) found the cellphone in question.”
The State Patrol is assisting the Douglas County Attorney’s Office, which is investigating whether criminal charges should be filed against the police officers.
The firing of the officers was announced Friday by Police Chief Todd Schmaderer as part of the Police Department's internal investigation.