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Omaha, Nebraska, Mayor Jean Stothert’s husband Joseph Stothert was found dead outside the couple’s home on March 5, 2021. Joe Stothert worked as a trauma surgeon.

What was his cause of death? According to KETC, police dispatchers told the television station that the death was self-inflicted.

He was 72 years old. The Journal Star reported that police responded to a call of a shooting, and found the mayor’s husband dead.

He was found dead outside the couple’s Omaha home just before 2 p.m., according to WOWT. “The mayor is safe and no foul play is suspected,” OPD Officer Phil Anson said in an email to the station.

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Joe Stothert Was REmembered as a ‘Bright Light of Human Kindness

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The Stothert family released a statement to KETV. It read:

It is with great sadness today that we share the tragic loss of Joe Stothert with family, friends and our loving community. Joe’s dedication and affection for everyone he cared for serve as a bright light of human kindness for all of us to follow. Our family asks for your prayers at this very difficult time. We will need them. We also ask for privacy so our family may grieve and remember an extraordinary and caring husband, father and grandfather.

He’s listed as a professor in the Department of Surgery with the University of Nebraska Medical School. The Journal Star reported that he was involved in some high-profile trauma cases, including helping a police investigator who was shot.

Jean & Joseph Stothert Were Married for More Than 40 Years

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According to the mayor’s city bio, she and her husband “have been married 40 years. Joe currently works as a trauma surgeon at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and its clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine.”

The city bio says they have two children and three grandsons together.

Stothert is in her second term as Mayor of Omaha. “First elected in 2013, and re-elected in May 2017, she is the 51st Omaha mayor and the city’s first woman to be elected to the office,” the bio says.

“Mayor Stothert’s priorities are public safety, managing the city budget, job growth and economic development and improving the taxpayer experience — so that every citizen receives excellent customer service when they interact with city government,” reads the bio.

Stothert Met Her Husband When She Was Working as a Nurse

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The Stotherts met because both worked in the medical field.

According to the city bio, “Stothert grew up in the St. Louis area and worked as a critical care nurse and later as head nurse and department head of cardiovascular surgery at St. Louis University, where she met her husband, Joe Stothert, M.D.”

In 1993, the Stothert family “moved to Omaha from Galveston, Texas, when Dr. Stothert accepted a new position at Creighton University,” the bio says.

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“When the Stotherts’ children were old enough to go to school, Mayor Stothert became involved in their schools as a volunteer. Later, she was appointed and then elected to the Millard Board of Education and served 11 years, including three as President. In 2009, she was elected to the Omaha City Council, representing District 5 in southwest Omaha.”

Tributes flowed in for Joe Stothert.

The leadership and members of the Omaha Professional Fire Fighters wrote in a statement to the Journal Star:

Joe Stothert has a long history of service to our community and has played a tremendous role in providing emergency services in Omaha. As a trauma surgeon and longtime medical director for the Omaha Fire Department, Dr. Stothert developed the protocols and supervised many OFD paramedics that still serve our community today. His leadership has been a true asset to the men and women we represent and the community as a whole. His death will be a tremendous loss to the entire medical community …

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CHICAGO (CBS) — The Illinois National Guard is on the ground in Chicago, but not yet activated because of the Derek Chauvin verdict.

The city said it has fine tuned response plans since two major flashpoints last year.

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CBS 2’s Chris Tye  reports from the Loop where the city has updated its plans, including how included business owners and are preparing for a complicated few days.

It’s a different landscape, and experts said a an even more dicey one — than last spring when George Floyd was killed and the unrest in Chicago began.

Since then, the COVID pandemic is a year older and some feel the election was taken from them. Others are simmering over new instances of police brutality. It changes the landscape of how cities need to prepare.

But Chicago has a message according to Mayor Lori Lightfoot:

“We’ve got a very robust plan in place, really honed through our experiences last summer.”

Since last summer the city has run through live drills and table-top exercises. Experts said these “game out” everything from various crowd sizes to weather patterns to levels of unrest.

“It’s mapping out people, places and things,” said Steven Crimando of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. “What we anticipate is the behavior of the crowds would be and lessons learned and the psychology of the group.”

It’s given way to new policies. Things like when to raise bridges, fly security camera drones and deploy added personnel. This as just on Tuesday:

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“One hundred twenty-six members of the Illinois National Guard now on the ground in Chicago. Currently “…on standby..” on a “limited mission.” To manage street closures “…much the same role as….previous deployments.”

But experts said much has changed in since the last time the National Guard was called on. Namely, what’s on the mind of protesters and counter protesters. Some are very charged about their feelings on George Floyd and police brutality. Others supercharged because of election and COVID.

That doesn’t take into account other groups that use flashpoints to mobilize. For example, the umbrella-shielded attackers who threw projectiles at Chicago police last July.

Groups using the same tactics popped up around the globe in 2020.

“Yes, there are these other opportunists who sweep in and piggyback along,” Crimando said. “But more worrisome for police and authorities are the potential of counter protesters.”

A city that said it is prepared for multiple scenarios has a singular message for anyone considering violence and looting:

“We are ready to arrest and bring to prosecution anyone who will try to destroy the dream of a business owner. Don’t test us. We are ready,” Lightfoot said.

There has been a seven-fold increase in counter protesting this year, along the lines of Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha and the insurgents in Washington. The National Guard in the area is not activated, instead on standby but can be mobilized quickly according to the mayor.

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