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Omaha protester arrested on suspicion of shining laser pointer at officer

Omaha protester arrested on suspicion of shining laser pointer at officer

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An Omaha woman was arrested after a protest Friday on suspicion of shining a laser pointer at a police officer.

The 35-year-old woman was booked into the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

According to a police report, an officer was watching the protest near 11th and Howard Streets at 9 p.m. when a red laser pointer was shined in his eye through his binoculars.

The officer tracked the woman suspected of shining the laser pointer and police searched her backpack as she was leaving the protest. They found a laser pointer with the same color of red identified by the officer, according to the police report.

When asked if third- degree assault was a typical charge in an instance of shining a laser pointer at an officer, Officer Joe Nickerson, a police spokesman, said Friday’s incident was the first time he’d seen this particular offense.

The laser pointer was booked as evidence.

jwade@owh.com, 402-444-1067

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