Police chief disagrees with union's posting of 'thuggery' video, but disciplinary action unlikely - Omaha.com
Published Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 12:00 am / Updated at 12:19 pm
Police chief disagrees with union's posting of 'thuggery' video, but disciplinary action unlikely

Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said Tuesday that a controversial video posted by the police union on its website does not reflect the views of the Police Department.

The video, also posted on the Omaha Police Officers Association's Facebook page, features adults exchanging profanities, insults and sexual comments with a diaper-clad boy.

“I want to make it explicit and clear that the views expressed on the OPOA Facebook page do not necessarily reflect the official stance of the Omaha Police Department,'' Schmaderer said in a statement. “I strongly disagree with any postings that may cause a divide in our community or an obstacle to police community relations.”

The Police Department has its own Facebook page, which is not the same as the police union's page, said Lt. Darci Tierney, a police spokeswoman.

Union officials said the video was an example of the cycle of violence and “thuggery” in Omaha.

Willie Hamilton, executive director of Black Men United in Omaha, has said that he doesn't condone the behavior in the video that the union's posting of it has harmed police-community relations in north Omaha.

Hamilton challenged the chief to take action against the union.

In his statement, Schmaderer noted that a Nebraska Supreme Court ruling on “union speech'' restricts his ability to take disciplinary action against union members for posting the video.

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