Two fired Omaha officers facing criminal charges
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Two fired police officers are facing charges in the wake of a controversial arrest in north Omaha. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine announced Monday that former officer James Kinsella was charged with felony evidence tampering, and misdemeanor theft and obstruction charges. Former Sgt. Aaron Von Behren was charged with obstruction of governmental operations and accessory to a felony, both misdemeanors. Four officers were fired after the March 21 incident, in which an officer was videotaped striking Octavius Johnson. Kinsella was charged for taking a memory card used to record the arrest. Bradley Canterbury, the officer who was seen striking Octavius Johnson, was not charged. Kleine says three national use-of-force experts reviewed the video and concluded that his actions did not merit criminal charges.