Mayor: Hastings officer charged with assault no longer employed by city

Cody Bland (Department of Corrections)

A Hastings police officer charged with domestic assault is no longer employed by the city, according to Hastings' Mayor Corey Stutte.

Because of the ongoing investigation, Stutte was unable to comment further on if he was fired of if he resigned.

Cody Bland, 26, a police officer for four years, was arrested Oct. 30.

Bland's attorney, Charles Brewster, represented a Kearney police officer in a previous case.

Brewster's Kearney client, Derek Payton, was found not guilty second degree assault after prosecutors say Payton fired three shots at Jose Klich during a traffic stop.

Hastings Police Department Captain Brian Hessler said officers responded after a report of a domestic assault.

According to court records, witnesses say bland punched, kicked and threw books at his wife in their Hastings home last week after a day of drinking.

Bland's mother also said her son slapped and kicked her as his grandmother watched.

Bland was taken to the Buffalo County Jail following his arrest, and posted bond the following day and has been ordered not to consume or possess alcohol.

Kearney County Attorney Melodie Bellamy has been appointed the special prosecutor in the case.

Bland was previously on paid leave from the Hastings Police Department.

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