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    Omaha Police Violate Law With Signs

    POSTED: 8:50 pm CDT June 14, 2007
    UPDATED: 9:28 pm CDT June 14, 2007

    OMAHA, Neb. -- The signs appeared on light poles along Omaha's 13th Street
    early Thursday. And by Thursday evening, they were gone.

    They were posters advertising positions with the Omaha Police Department.
    The white fliers with color photos were the work of police recruiters who likely
    thought they'd catch the attention of thousands of visitors attending the
    College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium.

    "Equal opportunity employer," the poster stated.

    But there was a problem. The signs were posted illegally.

    The KETV Newswatch 7 I-Team brought it to the attention of Omaha police
    and City Councilman Garry Gernandt, a former Omaha police officer.

    "Oops," said Gernandt, when he learned about the signs posted in the city's
    right-of-way.

    It's one of Gernandt's pet peeves. He said he was a little embarrassed
    because the Omaha city code specifically prohibits any signs on public
    property.

    "What's that going to cause? Rear-end accidents, dangerous situations. It's
    put in the code for just that reason," said Gernandt.

    Public information officer Sgt. Teresa Negron said as soon as the department
    realized it had posted the signs in error, they were removed.

    It's still unknown whether police will cite themselves for the violation.

    "They wouldn't have to go very far, would they?" said Gernandt, laughing.
    Gernandt said police usually give a warning to violators before ticketing them.

  • #2
    Thanks for sharing. Must've missed that down there....
    "All statements made shall be protected by the First Ammendment to the U.S. Constitution in which I have sworn an oath to protect."

    Just don't expect me to agree with yours...

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    • #3
      Originally posted by 1798 View Post
      Thanks for sharing. Must've missed that down there....
      Looks like it made it to the home page of this website along with
      a picture of the poster. The press can't seem resist something like
      that. Gernandt handled it well.

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      • #4
        I agree. What else is OPD supposed to say?
        "First of all, then we have to say the American public overwhelmingly voted for socialism when they elected President Obama." - Al Sharpton, March 21, 2010

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        • #5
          After two years working over at the State Pen, it's stories like this from the vast, treeless, snow covered prairie that remind of the UNL alma mater

          There is no place like Nebraska
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          Let your watchword be duty, and know no other talisman of success than labor. Let honor be your guiding star in your dealing with your superiors, with your fellows, with all. Be as true to a trust reposed as the needle to the pole. Stand by the right even to the sacrifice of life itself, and learn that death is preferable to dishonor. ~ Gov. Richard Coke, October 4, 1876

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          • #6
            Originally posted by equinox137 View Post
            I agree. What else is OPD supposed to say?
            "Nothing to see here folks, move along."

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            • #7
              Originally posted by SpectraTAC View Post
              "Nothing to see here folks, move along."
              LOL!
              "All statements made shall be protected by the First Ammendment to the U.S. Constitution in which I have sworn an oath to protect."

              Just don't expect me to agree with yours...

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              • #8
                haha This stuff happens and all you can do is chuckle as long as you aren't involved. We all screw up and if this is as bad as it gets, they're ahead of the game. Well handled and my guess is that whoever OK'd the signs will never live to forget it. lol
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                • #9
                  true, true.
                  "All statements made shall be protected by the First Ammendment to the U.S. Constitution in which I have sworn an oath to protect."

                  Just don't expect me to agree with yours...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by armorer1984 View Post
                    haha This stuff happens and all you can do is chuckle as long as you aren't involved. We all screw up and if this is as bad as it gets, they're ahead of the game. Well handled and my guess is that whoever OK'd the signs will never live to forget it. lol
                    Hey 1798, ask around and see if anyone recalls this one:

                    I remember when Gary Crinklaw (later an assistant chief) was a
                    sergeant up in training. They had taken a recruit class up to the
                    Press Club to meet some of the media. Gary placed a small auto
                    pistol in his back pocket. The thing discharged and put a round
                    through one of his cheeks. The next day, an anatomy report form
                    was displayed in the elevator showing the bullet path with the
                    following narrative: "No appearent brain damage."

                    The incident couldn't have happened in the worst place, so all of
                    the media could cover the incident. Funny !!

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                    • #11
                      "No apparent brain damage".....classic. Yeah, not too may people left on the department that probably know who he is, me included.
                      Might be a couple people upstairs...
                      "All statements made shall be protected by the First Ammendment to the U.S. Constitution in which I have sworn an oath to protect."

                      Just don't expect me to agree with yours...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 1798 View Post
                        "No apparent brain damage".....classic. Yeah, not too may people left on the department that probably know who he is, me included.
                        Might be a couple people upstairs...
                        Gary was also the interim chief in the period between Bob Wadman's
                        termination and when Jim Skinner was appointed. This incident would
                        have happened during the second class of 1978, so anyone with a
                        serial number in the early 900 series would remember. Long before
                        your time, young fella.

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                        • #13
                          There are some guys that have late 900s, but they didn't know either.
                          "All statements made shall be protected by the First Ammendment to the U.S. Constitution in which I have sworn an oath to protect."

                          Just don't expect me to agree with yours...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 1798 View Post
                            There are some guys that have late 900s, but they didn't know either.
                            Yeah, it was a long time ago. I'll bet the guys that attend the
                            "Fuzz That Wuz" luncheons at Piccolo's remember and since
                            Gary goes to those, they won't let him forget !!

                            Be safe, my brother.

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