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NSP disciplines 7 troopers after investigation

Posted at 12:04 PM, Dec 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-20 18:28:33-05

Several Nebraska State Patrol employees are disciplined after a 15-week internal investigation from two separate incidents in 2016. 

One Trooper and one Sergeant have received administrative penalties and will remain in their current position. 

One Major has been reduced in rank to Captain, one Captain has been reduced to tank of Sergeant. 

Three Troopers are no longer employed by the Nebraska State Patrol. One Lt. Colonel has retired, on Sergeant has resigned and one Trooper was fired. 

"Based on the evidence presented in the internal investigations disciplinary action is warranted," said NSP Colonel John Bolduc. 

The two incidents involved are a March 4th, 2016 incident in Sioux County where a trooper used a rifle butt to strike the head of a drunk driver who refused to drop to the ground. 

The other incident happened on October 3rd of 2016, in a pursuit when a car ran a stop sign in Sheridan County causing a chase. The trooper used a tactical vehicle intervention, bumping the vehicle to end the high-speed chase and the driver died. 

Because of union contracts and confidentiality agreements Bolduc couldn't name the employees or the specific actions which caused their punishments which is said may come to his organization. 

"I want you to know that I have your back by having your back isn't a blank check for every error," said Bolduc. 

The results came from two out of more than 216,000 total NSP cases in 2016. This investigation consumed over 1,300 investigative hours. 

There are other investigations into these incidents including a criminal one being handled by other agencies.