Nebraska Lawmakers Considers Making Arbitration Public

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Two law enforcement groups are pushing back on a bill considered by Nebraska lawmakers that would prohibit private arbitration of claims involving disciplinary actions against peace officers.

Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers told lawmakers on Friday he does not like the arbitration process because it is not open to the public, and disciplinary action reports are not available under the public records law.

Chambers says he brought this bill after he was denied a copy of an arbitration claim. He says the claim involved Omaha police officer Jackie Dolinsky, who was discharged from the police force and then reinstated last year.

Dolinsky was involved in a controversial arrest at Creighton University Medical Center in May 2011. Video footage showed her kicking a man under arrest while other officers pinned him down.

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