Citizens Review Board To Provide Police Oversight

OMAHA (KPTM)- The city of Omaha will get some police oversight through a citizens review board.
Friday morning the Mayor, Police Chief and Police Union President announced that there will be a board consisting of city staff and five voters from each precinct in the community. They hope to have the board in place by March.

The city used to have a police auditor but the position was eliminate in 2008 due to budget cuts.

The police auditor issue came up last year during the Mayor election. Candidates at the time said that the goal was to form a similar position like a citizens review board that could review complaints involving police auditors.

There have been protests over the last few years after some officers were investigated for using excessive force during arrests. One notable case was in 2011 when Robert Wagner was beaten during an arrest outside of Creighton University Medical Center. Last spring officers were fired during an incident at 33rd and Seward. Police were accused of using excessive force and tampering with evidence during the arrest of Octavious Johnson.

Mayor Jean Stothert said the volunteer board will review cases and can recommend disciplinary action but that in the end Police Chief Todd Schmaderer has the final say on discipline based on the law, city and union rules.

To apply for the review board you can pick up a form in the Mayor's office or apply online