Rosebud Sioux Tribal Citizen Killed by Omaha Police Taser

Zachary Bearheels. Photo from GoFund Me.

Published June 12, 2017

OMAHA — Zachary Bearheels, a tribal citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, died after being hit with 12 direct shots from a police Taser in Omaha, Nebraska early last Monday morning.

Bearheels was on his way to Oklahoma when he was kicked off an interstate bus in Omaha on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Bearheels, who suffered from bi-polar and  schizophrenia, was not allowed back on the bus because of his behavior after another bus passenger complained to the bus driver.

Left in Omaha, Bearheels failed to arrive in Oklahoma to meet his mother who went to the bus stop to pick him up. His mother called the Omaha police and told the dispatcher about her son’s mental health condition. The police told her they could not do anything unless her son was a risk to himself or others.

More than 24 hours later, police were called to Omaha convenience store because Bearheels was allegedly causing a disturbance. He was apprehended and put in the back of a police cruiser. The police contacted his mother, who spoke with an officer on the scene for almost an half hour. She asked for the police to take her son back to the bus station. Soon thereafter, Bearheels left the police cruiser and police chased after him.

After reaching him, officers began to drag him by his ponytail. One officer used his Taser gun—firing 12 shots.

Police are trained that more than three Taser shots can be harmful to a human being.

Bearheels was taken to a local hospital where he was declared dead.

A GoFundMe page has been established to assist family with burial expenses.

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