The city prosecutor said Wednesday he's holding off on charges against three brothers involved in an altercation with Omaha police that led to the firings of three officers and a sergeant.
City Prosecutor David Smallheiser said he's waiting until an investigation by the Douglas County Attorney's Office is complete, so he can examine the evidence surrounding the March 21 arrests of Octavious, Juaquez and Demetrius Johnson near 33rd and Seward Streets.
Smallheiser also wants to know the outcome of the city's personnel process, which will determine whether the officers' firings are upheld. Two of the fired officers are scheduled for Monday hearings with the city's Human Resources Department. The other two fired officers will have similar hearings April 18.
Sharon Johnson, the brothers' aunt, said Wednesday that she's “uncomfortable” that Smallheiser is waiting to decide whether to proceed with charges.
“We want those charges dropped,” she said.
Only one of the three brothers has been formally charged in connection with the 33rd and Seward incident.
Part of the altercation was recorded on videotape by a neighbor and posted on YouTube. Footage from the arrest of Octavious Johnson led to allegations of excessive force.
The World-Herald has reported that one police officer allegedly tried to destroy other video footage from the scene. Other officers allegedly tried to cover up the first officer's actions. The matter is being investigated by the County Attorney's Office.
Octavious Johnson, 28, was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, obstructing police and reckless driving, all misdemeanors.
Juaquez Johnson, 23, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and obstructing police. He is on probation after a February conviction for attempted methamphetamine possession, a felony.
Demetrius Johnson, 22, was charged with obstructing police and having an outstanding warrant. The warrant had to do with a littering offense, Smallheiser said.
Since Demetrius was arrested on a warrant, he has a pending court date. Smallheiser said he will ask a judge to have that hearing continued.
World-Herald staff writer Juan Perez Jr. contributed to this report.