Lawmaker Wants Investigation of State Patrol, Colonel Rice Fired

Lawmaker Wants Investigation of State Patrol, Colonel Rice Fired
Car Driven by Antoine LaDeaux Following Crash Source: Grand Jury

Omaha, NE—Following an investigation of the Nebraska State Patrol’s handling of a deadly chase first reported by News Channel Nebraska, the governor’s office and State Sen. Ernie Chambers are at strong-odds over the need for more answers.

Chambers tells NCN he is calling for the firing of the head of the state patrol, Colonel Brad Rice, and a new grand jury probe into the case—a previous grand jury found no wrongdoing by the patrol.

As NCN first reported the chase and crash ended with 32-year-old Antoinie LaDeaux dead and the Nebraska State Trooper involved in the chase changing his story.

In an in house e-mail, Internal Affairs Lt. Dennis Leonard—who has since retired—clearly voiced his frustration with the patrol’s handling of the case.

“I never thought this likely but I must say that I no longer believe we are capable of objectively investigating our own,” wrote Leonard, supporting sources who have told News Channel Nebraska that the patrol has been involved in a cover-up.

Taylor Gage, a spokesman for Gov. Pete Ricketts, defended the patrol telling the Omaha World-Herald: “This matter went to a grand jury, and the grand jury found the State Patrol’s actions were appropriate.”

As News Channel Nebraska has reported Lt. Leonard never testified before that grand jury.

To read NCN’s full investigation click here. To view the state trooper’s in-car camera video of the crash see the video above.

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