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Walker points to part of the Omaha police policy that makes it mandatory to use lights Omega Men's Seamaster
"There's a lack of transparency and a lack of openness," says Walker.
The police department says its ultimately up to the officer.
"The officers do have discression when responding to a call, but they do have to use due regard to the public safety," says Lt. Darci Tierney, a public information officer with the department.
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and sirens in some emergencies.
Officer Melton won't face criminal charges and his case is under review by the police department.
"He could have killed any number of people," says Dr. Samuel Walker, professor emeritus at UNO and criminal justice expert. He says officer Melton's behavior, not only violates police policy, it's flat out wrong.
caused a crash that seriously injured him. Now, his actions are under police review.
lights or sirens. Melton's cruiser crashed into a car driven by a 16 year old.
The police union contract protects officers and states "unless agreed to by the employee, the city shall not divulge the reason for any disciplinary action."
Walker thinks it's something the public deserves to know and he wants police policies and all disciplinary action on officers to be public information. He says it would hold city employees accountable for their actions.
The police policy states lights, sirens, and even headlights are required in some cases.
Several Omaha drivers call it an abuse of power by a police officer.
"It Explorer Rolex Price looks bad because it is bad and it should not have happened," says Walker.
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The results of that review won't be made public.
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