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Investigation launched after taser incident with 14-year-old

Posted at 5:49 PM, Sep 01, 2020

OMAHA, Neb, (KMTV) - Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer has authorized an investigation regarding the use of a Taser on a 14-year-old.

Police say gang unit officers were conducting a targeted operation in the Southside Terrace apartments on Sunday after an increase in violence in the area.

Police say officers received information that two stolen vehicles that left the area were involved in a robbery. The 14-year-old was driving one of those cars, according to police.

"This incident was captured on body worn camera footage. The initial review does not show the juvenile being kicked and tased while he was on the ground," a statement from Omaha Police read. "An officer did deploy their Taser while running behind the juvenile suspect. The juvenile suspect was not showing any signs of injury or medical distress after the Taser deployment."

The age of the teen was not known at the time of the incident, according to police.

All use of force incidents are reviewed by the officers’ chain of command and the safety review committee.