A judge ordered the Omaha Police Department to release its internal documents and videos of a controversial arrest of a man charged with assaulting an officer.
However, the information regarding Robert A. Wagner, 36, will remain sealed to the public, Douglas County Court judge Duane C. Dougherty wrote in his court order.
Dougherty said he and attorneys involved in the case will review the police documents and videos to determine if it is material to Wagner's defense.
Wagner was charged with assaulting a police officer at Creighton University in May. Security cameras recorded the officers forcefully taking Wagner to the ground. The footage showed one officer repeatedly kicking Wagner and another officer using a Taser.
Wagner's lawyer requested the additional documents and videos because his client is accused of punching an officer in the head, but that is not seen in the footage that has been released to the public. That video ignited outrage at the force used by officers.
Deputy City Attorney Tom Mumgaard, on behalf of police, argued that the police information should remain confidential because it was obtained during an investigation by the Police Department's internal affairs unit.
Wagner's trial is scheduled to begin next week.
— Sam Womack
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