Left to right: Joshua Nelson, Markell Riley, and Alexander Matthews aka “Bear Alexander,” organizers from ProBLAC, gathered before the city council meeting.

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Not Now, But When? Protesters Dismayed But Undeterred as City Council Rejects Defunding Police

After the Omaha City Council rejected a budget amendment to divest $2 million from the Omaha Police Department toward community resources, protesters say they’re upset by the loss, but it’s still a step forward.


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Today we have stories about protesters responding to the city’s rejection of a budget amendment that would have divested $2 million from the Omaha Police Department, officials battling for a South Omaha testing site to stay open and a local health official weighing in on why the question of “When to close schools?” is complicated.

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Chris has worked for The Reader since January 2020. As an investigative reporter and news editor he’s taken deep dives into topics such as police transparency, affordable housing and COVID-19. Originally...

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