Angry and disappointed — but not surprised.
That's how Sharee Johnson, the mother of Octavious, Juaquez and Demetrius Johnson, said she felt Monday upon hearing that criminal charges were filed against two fired Omaha police officers.
Bringing criminal charges against only two officers “is the tip of the iceberg,” she said.
“We feel that more officers should have been held accountable for their actions and their conduct” outside and inside the Johnsons' home March 21 near 33rd and Seward Streets, she said.
At least 10 officers were inside the house, the family has said. They searched the house, and after they left, Juaquez and Demetrius' cellphones were missing.
Sharee Johnson, who lives at the home but wasn't there at the time, based her account on what her sons and twin sister Sharon told her.
She said the family is particularly upset that fired Officer Bradley D. Canterbury isn't being charged with using excessive force when he arrested Octavious.
The family believes he'll get his job back, Sharee Johnson said.
“We totally feel insulted for what is visually apparent on video,” Sharee said, referring to a neighbor's recording of the arrest that was posted on YouTube. “It was undisputable. Undisputable.”
When it was all over, Octavious Johnson, 28, was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, obstructing police and reckless driving, all misdemeanors.
Juaquez Johnson, 23, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and obstructing police. He is on probation after a February conviction for attempted possession of methamphetamine, a felony.
Demetrius Johnson, 22, was charged with obstructing police and having an outstanding warrant.
City prosecutor David Smallheiser said Monday that he plans to look at Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine's evidence and decide if he will proceed with the charges against the brothers. Smallheiser said he probably will make a decision this week.
“Charges can be filed against my boys, and I'm absolutely worried,” Sharee Johnson said. “But I'm hopeful.” — Maggie O'Brien