“You see black people, white people, mixed people,” said founder of For the People, D’Shawn Cunningham.
More than two dozen people gathered outside Omaha Police Headquarters Tuesday afternoon after the group For the People organized a rally.
“What we are here about today is Officer Bryan Kulhunek,” said Cunningham.
After an attack on police at a Dallas Black Lives Matter rally, OPD Officer Bryan Kulhanek took to his personal Facebook saying “Black Lives Matter is not a pro-black group,” but instead “an anti-white police group.”
“Although it was on social media and free speech, if you’re a police officer that is not something you should be saying especially if those are the specific people you should be protecting,” said rally attendee Kylee Fruge.
After Kulhanek’s Black Lives Matter Facebook post on Sunday, many people began sharing other questionable posts allegedly shared by Kulhanek on his page in the past.
“He’s shown this bias towards Muslims, towards black people, towards Latinos. In today’s environment what’s going on in the world, what’s going on in the country particularly with police issues versus black people versus other minorities, it needs to be addressed,” said rally attendee Dale Gutierrez.
On Monday the Omaha Police Department announced that Officer Kulhanek has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.
“I don’t think he should be getting paid while he is on leave. I think he should be fired in general. It’s not fair to have a police officer working like that in Omaha,” said Fruge.
While many want Bryan Kulhanek fired, many others are in support of the officer. A Facebook page entitled “Support Omaha Police Officer Bryan Kulanek” has been started.
People have shared posts such as “I support Bryan %100. When did telling the truth become illegal” and “A retired OPD brother is proud of you. The truth is always the truth."