News Channel Nebraska Sponsoring Blue Ribbons For State Troopers

NEBRASKA CITY – News Channel Nebraska is sponsoring a blue ribbon campaign in Nebraska City and Auburn on Friday to show solidarity with Nebraska State Troopers.

Radio personalities will be on hand at Scooter’s Coffee in Nebraska City and the Crestview Shopping District in Auburn to hand out the blue ribbons from 6 to 9 a.m.

B103 General Manager Brad Achtemeier said the live radio event is intended to give people an opportunity to show their support for state troopers and honor local law enforcement.

The live radio event comes after Gov. Pete Ricketts fired the patrol’s superintendent, Col. Brad Rice, and placed six other employees on administrative leave on June 30.

The governor’s press release says the decision was based on allegations of “interference into the internal investigation process of the State Patrol.”

His office says the findings of his human services review have been turned over to the FBI and US Attorney’s Office.

News Channel Nebraska earlier published a video of a police chase that ended with 32-year-old Antoine LaDeaux dead and mixed reports regarding the use of a PIT maneuver.

A grand jury found no wrong doing, but retired Internal Affairs Lt. Dennis Leonard expressed frustration over how the state patrol handled the internal investigation.


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