LINCOLN, Neb. -- All but one Nebraska senator is standing behind a resolution to support law enforcement. This comes after a week of heated debate surrounding Sen. Ernie Chambers' controversial comments comparing Nebraska law enforcement to the Islamic State terrorist group.
Tuesday, 47 of the 49 Nebraska senators co-sponsored Legislative Resolution 160 which was introduced by Sen. Jeremy Nordquist. Nordquist said the resolution is meant to recognize and honor the nearly 5,000 law enforcement officers in Nebraska.
The resolution states, "within every community of the State of Nebraska there are law enforcement officers who, by virtue of their commitment and dedication, command the respect and admiration of their community for their exemplary contribution and service on behalf of others."
Sen. Ernie Chambers was the only senator that did not co-sponsor the resolution. Sen. Nordquist told 10/11 News that he did not personally invite Chambers to co-sponsor the resolution, but would welcome his support. Chambers has recently come under fire for controversial comments he made last week.
Chambers said at the time that "my ISIS is the police" because they are licensed to kill and pose a threat to his Omaha neighborhood. He said if he carried a gun, he would use it as protection against police and would want to shoot first.
The comments sparked national attention, even a prompting Nebraska Governor Ricketts to launch a social media campaign to support law enforcement.