An Omaha police officer was ordered Friday to answer prosecutors’ questions about the arrests of three brothers that resulted in criminal charges against one of her colleagues.
Judge Peter Bataillon’s order means that Officer Dyea L. Rowland must cooperate with prosecutors in the evidence-tampering case against former Officer James Kinsella.
Prosecutors sought the order, saying Rowland likely would refuse to testify based on her right against self-incrimination.
Bataillon ordered Rowland to report to the Douglas County Attorney’s Office on Tuesday to be questioned by prosecutors preparing for trial.
Rowland was among four officers placed on administrative leave or reassigned after the March 21 arrests of Octavious, Juaquez and Demetrius Johnson near 33rd and Seward Streets. Kinsella and three other officers were fired for their role in the arrests, which were captured on videotape and posted to YouTube.
Kinsella and his boss, former Sgt. Aaron Von Behren, have since been charged with crimes – Kinsella with felony evidence tampering and misdemeanor obstruction and theft for allegedly destroying a memory card that contained video of the arrests; Von Behren with misdemeanor obstruction and accessory to a felony for allegedly conspiring to orchestrate officers’ stories in the wake of the arrests.
Friday’s order involved only the case against Kinsella. A trial date has not been set.