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UPDATE: Omaha police name officer in use of force internal investigation

Posted at 1:48 PM, Jun 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-22 19:15:53-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — UPDATE: 06/22/2022 6:05 p.m.

Omaha police have identified an officer involved in a use of force investigation connected to a video that has been circulating on social media.

According to police, Officer Tyler Hansen has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

Hansen is a 14-year veteran of the force. He is currently assigned to the Uniform Patrol Bureau.

Police also report that he has had no previous use of force violations.

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3 News Now received links on Wednesday morning to a social media video that appears to depict an Omaha police officer arresting a juvenile suspect. Social media users expressed concerns about the treatment of the suspect.

OPD released the following statement regarding that video on Wednesday afternoon.

"Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer was made aware yesterday evening of a now circulating social media video related to an arrest that took place Tuesday. Chief Schmaderer immediately asked for the involved officers to be identified and has authorized an internal investigation into the incident."

A police report says two officers were sent to the area around 33rd and Burt Streets after a 911 call.

The caller said kids were harassing them over a missing iPad. The responding officer saw a group of juveniles loitering in the neighborhood and believed that some of the kids were recognizable from video footage collected by the Atlas Apartments, which was connected to the trespassing call a short time before the iPad incident.

The police report also said one of the kids approached the officers, yelled profanity, acted aggressively and flipped one officer off.

Police say in the report that they asked the child to leave, but the juvenile reportedly refused and lunged at an officer twice before being taken into custody.

The report also says one of the officers' body-worn cameras was knocked off.

Bystanders recorded the incident and posted it to social media.

This is a developing story and 3 News Now is attempting to locate other sources connected to the story.

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