Former State Sen. Ernie Chambers wants Officer Jackie Dolinsky's law enforcement certificate to be revoked because of her actions in last year's controversial arrest of Robert Wagner.
Chambers donned a sandwich board Friday outside the Douglas County Courthouse to protest the officer's return to the force.
He said he plans to launch a series of legal battles to penalize Dolinsky and to publicize an arbitrator's report that reinstated her after she was fired.
Chambers, who is running for his old seat in Legislative District 11, also plans to ask for federal action against Dolinsky if no local prosecution occurs.
Officials “need to know this kind of stuff is extremely infuriating and upsetting,” said Chambers, currently a member of the Learning Community board.
“That was a gratuitous infliction of violence,” Chambers said of Wagner's arrest. “If a crime like that is not prosecuted, no crime should be.”
Chambers said he will also file a complaint with the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, in an effort to have Dolinsky's law enforcement certificate revoked.
Chambers said he will follow the same steps if an arbitrator reinstates Officer Aaron Pennington, fired for his actions in Wagner's arrest.
The former senator denounced the secretive arbitration process that allows public employees to appeal discipline they receive.
“Police misconduct flourishes when it's cloaked in secrecy and official protectiveness,” Chambers said.
Chambers' plans mirror the steps he took in 2006 to revoke the law enforcement certificate of a Nebraska State Patrol trooper who was fired for joining a group affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan.
After Chambers lodged a complaint about Robert E. Henderson of Omaha with the crime commission, the trooper's certificate to work as a law enforcement officer was revoked.