David Dover, the mayor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, tells Nebraska Watchdog that the Old Market is very safe but the administration is open to changes that might make it safer.
Some members of the Old Market Business Association are talking up the possibility of a curfew following the death of Deanthony Bryant.
The 19-year-old was shot down just after 2 a.m. Sunday morning in a parking lot near 11th and Farnam Streets, where a large crowd had gathered.
Lt. Darci Tierney, a spokesperson for the Omaha Police Department, tells Nebraska Watchdog that the shooting was an “isolated incident.” Tierney adds that before the shooting ”special operations with extra patrols were being conducted within the Old Market in response to anticipated large crowds.”
Dover says the mayor’s office is waiting for OPD’s investigation to be completed before implementing any changes such as a curfew.
“We have to see if (a curfew) would actually help,” said Dover.
The scene of the shooting is just blocks away from TD Ameritrade Park, home to the College World Series which began Friday. Thousands of fans are in town for the games which end Monday or Tuesday of next week. As the CWS ends the Olympic Swim Trials hit the CenturyLink Center, also bringing thousands of fans downtown. The trials run June 25-July 2.
Tierney says, “Moving forward, the Omaha Police Department is analyzing our policing efforts in the Old Market and will make adjustments if necessary on staffing and/or approach.”
Reported by Joe Jordan, firstname.lastname@example.org
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