OPD launches internal investigation into traffic stop shared on social media

Darnell Davis, 50

The Omaha Police Department is conducting an internal investigation after a nearly 5 minute long cell phone video from a traffic stop this weekend was posted and shared on social media sites.

Police have reviewed the video as well as officers' body worn camera video that was also recorded during the encounter.

Just before 10:30 Saturday night, officers stopped a car at 41st and Bedford Avenue that was being driven without license plates or in transit stickers.

During the traffic stop, officers let the driver and passenger know the reason for the stop and asked for the car's paperwork.

Police say the driver Darnell Davis slightly rolled his window down and gave the officer documents for the car.

The officer told the Davis he smelled marijuana coming from the car and ordered the him and passenger to unlock their doors and step out so it could be searched due to the smell.

Police say Davis and the passenger refused and proceeded to use their phones to record the officers.

The officers told Davis that body worn cameras were also recording the incident and repeatedly ordered him and the passenger to get out of the car because he smelled marijuana.

The officer told Davis he would have to break the window if the he did not comply with the order.

The passenger, who was the owner of the car, asked Davis to roll down the window.

Davis placed the car into drive making officers believe he was likely to flee the scene, police say.

After Davis refused multiple orders to roll down the window or unlock the doors, the officers told the occupants to cover their faces and proceeded to break out driver's side window to gain entry.

Police say Davis still refused to unlock the door and exit the car voluntarily.

The officers then unlocked and opened the door and removed Davis, taking him into custody for obstructing a peace officer.

Upon searching the car, officers found 20 grams of marijuana and a scale in the car.

Davis was booked with No Valid Registration, Obstructing a Peace Officer, Possession of Marijuana less than one Ounce and Resisting Arrest.

The passenger was released without any citations. No one was injured during the incident.

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