“Zachary needed a doctor not a Taser. Mental health is not a crime.”


In the moments before Zachary N. Bearheels died, Omaha police officers shocked the handcuffed man with a stun gun 12 times in a matter of minutes.

Bearheels, an Oklahoma man with a history of mental illness, was resisting officers’ attempts to take him into custody in the early morning of June 5, according to Omaha’s police chief.

After the electric shocks failed to incapacitate the 29-year-old man, an officer pulled Bearheels to the ground, grabbed his ponytail, and dragged him to the police car, authorities said. Another officer punched him in the head repeatedly while the shocks continued.

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