Omaha cop, fired for beating suspect, then raiding house of citizen who recorded him, is back on the job

Omaha police officer Bradley D Canterbury was fired after he beat up a suspect and then participated in a brutal, illegal retaliatory raid on the home of a citizen who'd video-recorded the incident. Canterbury was one of over 30 Omaha police officers who broke into a family home without a warrant intending to destroy mobile phone video evidence of his violent actions, and was one of six officers from that cohort who were fired for the beating.

Now he's got his job back.

Canterbury is the one in the video who seems to throw Octavius Johnson to the ground. Initially, four officers were fired. The other officers fired were James Kinsella and Justin A. Reeve and Sgt. Aaron Von Behren. Kinsella and Von Behren were both charged in connection with what investigators called a cover up.

Police Chief Todd Schmaderer fired Omaha police officers John D. Payne and Dyea L. Rowland this month for their roles in the incident.

Also this month, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on January 6th against the police department, Schmaderer and 32 officers. The ACLU says this case is the perfect storm of police misconduct. It wants the lawsuit to spark a change in police oversight and classes to better train officers on the street. Everyone named in the suit has 30-days to respond.

Omaha Police Officer to Return to Work After Being Fired for Rough Arrest [Lindsey Theis/KMTV]

(via Techdirt

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  1. xzzy says:

    Seems totally reasonable to me, the public only demanded he be fired. They never specified whether he could work ever again!

  2. Spocko says:

    This is very interesting. Multiple people were shooting video. The cops rushed in to get the video of one cop beating a guy. Then another neighbor got the video of multiple cops going into the house to get the beating video!

    Let that be a lesson to people. Don't assume that just because one person is recording on their phone you don't need to record as well. And upload your video to remote storage in case your phone is seized or destroyed. Hmm. sounds like some good advice I might pick up from HOMELAND by Cory Doctorow. Now available in fine independent bookstores everywhere. Or get the ebook here smile
    By the way, what if they had police car video or police drone video of the cops? Do you think that the footage might "go missing" or they "forgot to turn it on" (like they did in New York during an Occupy beating?

    With the recent ruling against drones in cities I've got to think that some places ARE putting drones up and that footage should be available to the public via FOIA requests. Has anyone tried to get that footage yet?

  3. So, by what mysterious process did the original warrantless home invasion and assault not result in a criminal record? Firing people is cute and all; but not terribly punchy.

  4. Rindan says:

    Essentially all cops are corrupt. The only real difference is the degree of their corruption. A non-trivial portion are flat out corrupt in the obvious sense, in that they will beat citizens, destroy evidence, blatantly abuse their power, etc. The rest are also corrupt pieces of shit because they won't report on or enforce the law on their 'brothers'. The sad thing is that this is a self perpetuating cycle. If the police force is only made up of corrupt pieces of shit, folks who are not interested in joining a "brotherhood" simply find another career. This same sort of self perpetuating culture also explains the sociopathic glee that spy agencies get in curb stomping the constitution. Anyone who would find that sort of thing morally offensive finds something better to do (with the rare case of Snowden of course).

  5. [O]ver 30 Omaha police officers who broke into a family home without a warrant intending to destroy mobile phone video evidence...

    Six cops are fired for taking part. The re-hiring of one of them is significant, but so is the fact that 80% of the cops who participated in an illegal break-in were not fired. I don't know how many officers there are in the department, but that's a big enough number that it reeks of corruption.

    The ACLU has filed suit against the police department and 33 specific officers, but I won't hold my breath waiting for things to change.

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