Omaha police say most protesters want peace

Arrests and pepperballs were fired in downtown Omaha on Monday evening as some protesters stayed after the police extended curfew of 8:00 a.m.

But there were also some moments of peaceful hugs, returning to exclamation chants on the other side of the protest line about an hour before Monday night’s curfew. Omaha deputy police chief Ken Kanger said there was a lot of communication and goodwill gestures by the officers going on towards the protesters.

“It was bad that the officers took a knee with them,” he says. “Sometimes because we don’t take a knee, they think that we don’t understand or that we don’t agree that what happened in Minneapolis was inappropriate; but we also understand that we have a job to do.”

He pointed out that Police Chief Todd Schmaderer “was strongly against what happened in Minneapolis”.

Kanger said police spoke to organizers around 8 p.m. and the OPD asked that protesters obey orders and leave peacefully if both sides had a knee.

“There was a group that really wanted to go and some that refused to go,” he said.

Those who refused were either arrested or taken out of the area, and officials used pepper ball rifles during the process.

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