Omaha Police reported protest Saturday night time, 2 arrested for disorderly conduct
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Authorities said two women were arrested Saturday night during a protest outside the Omaha Police Department headquarters.
OPD reported the following in a statement released on Sunday afternoon:
Problac’s protest was due to start on social media at 6 p.m. in front of the police station. An official previously tried to speak to the organizers “to make sure the event is safe for everyone,” but officials were told that the organizers did not want to speak to them.
At 6 p.m., police said protesters had started using profane language against officials, while the event remained legal.
At 8 p.m. the group walked through the Old Market before returning to the OPD headquarters. At around 9:00 pm, “several parties began to cut the yellow police tape around the police station,” but did not approach the officers.
The tape was put back up but cut again, officials said. At some point a cup of hot coffee was thrown at the police.
At 9:20 p.m. and minutes later, those present were warned not to cross the ribbon.
At 10:20 p.m., a man and a woman with “Pro-Police” signs arrived at the crime scene without hindering the Problac protest.
“At 10:25 p.m., the Problac demonstrators used a large cloth shield to protect the pro-police from the officers’ sight. The officers regrouped and watched as the officers were attacked and their signs torn. “
The officers went into the crowd and removed two women who allegedly attacked the pro-police group and also removed the pro-police group.
Pepper balls were placed on the pavement “in front of mixers and pepper spray” while crowd was controlled and suspects were arrested.
The crowd eventually dispersed and was gone by 11:30 p.m.
Two women were arrested: one for disorderly conduct and property destruction, the other for misdemeanor and disorderly conduct.
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