New Citizens Groups Wants to Help Keep the Peace in North Omaha
Hitting the streets in North Omaha, going door to door, walking, biking or driving; Wagner and his team will be on patrol, to give kids hope and another option. Video by kmtv.com
"Behind us, at the top of the hill."
The violence in North Omaha is something neighbors like Gwen and Dorothy are used to.
"All the time you hear shootings and stuff, you never know if you have to duck or not."
Near 38th and Camden, these women don't want their faces shown, but they tell me crime is a daily ritual.
At police headquarters today, a new citizens group is ready to take action.
"People are scared and suffering, we're just tired of it."
This group is tired of neighbors looking the other way.
"Project KNOSE we can get on the street level with these gang members, you know we can talk to them, you know we can call them by name."
Keeping North Omaha Safe for Everyone is a name Robert Wagner came up with.
"We're gonna be on the streets we're gonna go into the hot spots into the neighborhoods."
If Wagner looks familiar, that's because he's been in the news before.
This surveillance video from 2011 shows police arresting Wagner outside of Creighton University Medical Center.
Police kicked Wagner and used a taser.
He filed a complaint and then months later, pleaded no contest to attempted assault of a police officer.
He served 29 days behind bars, that's when he came up with the idea.
"We're gonna talk to these kids, we're gonna be there for them you know and let them know there's an alternative, don't pick up a gun."
Hitting the streets in North Omaha, going door to door, walking, biking or driving; Wagner and his team will be on patrol, to give kids hope and another option.