Very few officers are punished due to citizen complaints, which are investigated by police. Critics say the people of Omaha need a stronger citizen oversight board. Its current version has seen six cases in the past two years.
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- The Omaha City Council did not pass a budget amendment that would have divested $2 million from the police. It did pass an amendment to fund the same community programs with $1.8 million from the city’s cash reserves.
- Protesters have renewed calls to defund the police following the Omaha City Council’s decision.
- Mayor Jean Stothert said she’ll veto the council’s decision as taking money from the city’s cash reserve would be “reckless.”
- A group of parents are pooling their resources to act as ad-hoc teachers and give their kids the best education possible.
- Omaha Public Schools’ first day back was rocky for some, but others were able to connect easily.
- Millard, Gretna and Ralston schools all reported COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.
- A new live-in mental health and substance abuse treatment facility is being considered for North Omaha.
- Omaha officials say they expect to see $30 million in police and fire costs covered by CARES Act money, following updated state rules.
- Charges have been filed against 30 of the 120 protesters arrested on July 25.
- Omaha’s rent assistance program, which started earlier this month, has approved about 10% of the people who’ve applied for help.
- A spike in crime has the Omaha Police Department worried. Omaha City Council member Ben Gray said his district, North Omaha, is in the midst of a gang war that requires all hands on deck.
- The end of another protection against evictions means that September could leave even more people losing their homes.
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