Officers Defy Omaha Judge’s Order For No Weapons In Court
Judge James Gleason in Douglas County continues to deny officers the right to carry weapons inside of his courtroom.
The issue continued on Monday as two officers refused to disarm. Many believed that the judge would order the arrest of the officers but it did not occur as both officers remained outside of the courtroom.
Omaha City Attorney Paul Kratz did not help matters when he stated that the city will not appeal the judge’s gun ban, even if all of Gleason’s district and county colleagues disagree with the ban. 27 Douglas County judges have indicated they support the sheriff’s security policy for the Douglas County Courthouse: Armed police officers are preferred in case of an active shooter.
Omaha Police Sgt. John Wells, head of the Omaha police union, said Gleason’s order puts officers at risk and that Omaha’s police union will campaign against Gleason when he comes up for a retention vote in 2018.
“Frankly the (gun ban) is completely unnecessary, it compromises public safety and at some point I’m sure he’s going to be held accountable,” Wells said.