Omaha, Nebraska 2021-12-07 18:39:35 –
Omaha, Nebraska (KMTV) —The City of Omaha will pay more than $ 40,000 to resolve a discriminatory proceeding against Omaha police officers.
The proceedings stemmed from a traffic outage on Interstate 80 last June.
Meshelle Settles and Elijah Kamala in Dubuque County, Iowa say they were driving a rental car on the interstate highway when pulled by Omaha police officer Jeffrey Vaughn.
In their dissatisfaction, mother and son say they believe that Bourne chose to pull the car because they are black.
Bourne says he couldn’t tell either the Settles or Kamala races when he stopped by.
As the car continued to stop, Settles was asked to get out of the car. Kamala says she was looking back at her mother to see if she was okay when she asked her to get out of the car.
Kamala says he put his hands on the dashboard instead to show that it wasn’t a threat. In response, Bourne pulled out his gun and continued for Kamala for five to ten minutes, he says.
Kamala also says he was afraid of his life during this time, and the mother says she was afraid of her son.
However, Bourne says Kamala was about to get out of the car and continued to ignore his instructions to stay in the car. He said he was afraid of his safety, so he pulled a gun and asked for a backup.
Mother and son also say that Bourne illegally searched for his car while it was stopped, but Bourne says that the car was not searched at all.
Settles also accuses Vaughn of falsely reporting his race as white in the system. They say this could have defeated the department’s ability to decide whether to target drivers based on race.
This accusation is not specifically countered by Bourne’s response to the complaint, but he denies all accusations.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Omaha City Council unanimously voted to settle and pay $ 425,000 to Kamala to settle the proceedings.
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