OPD: Pepper ball deployment followed policy

Posted at 4:25 PM, Nov 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 18:19:25-05

Protests are something that Omaha is becoming familiar with and authorities say people have the right to do it but it has to be peacefully.

The Omaha Police Dept. says it started with about 50 people early Wednesday evening and ended up with 200-300protestors late into the night in Downtown Omaha.

Two people were cited and officers deployed pepper balls into the crowd after multiple verbal warnings to deescalate the situation.

Authorities say they told the crowd to disperse multiple times when protestors sat in the street and some threw water bottles at officers.

"So once people's actions go from a lawful demonstration to breaking the law and creating a hazard to our officers and other citizens then we have to take some further actions,” said Captain Scott Gray with OPD’s Northeast Precinct.

Captain Gray says all policies and procedures were followed during Wednesday night's demonstration.

More protests are scheduled for the weekend.

One of the two people was cited with assembly to commit an unlawful act, refusal, and failure to disperse.