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South Dakota Man-Stun Gun Death

South Dakota Man-Stun Gun Death
Charges warranted in death of South Dakota man
The Associated Press - December 7, 2017

OMAHA, Neb. - A grand jury has concluded that criminal charges are warranted against two former Omaha police officers in the June stun gun-related death of a mentally ill man from South Dakota.

The Douglas County grand jury also made several recommendations in its conclusion Tuesday, suggesting that an Omaha police sergeant's failure to seek to have 29-year-old Zachary Bearheels of Murdo, S.D., committed to a mental health facility.

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine in July announced charges against former officers Scotty Payne and Ryan McClarty, separate from the grand jury process.

Police video shows Payne using a stun gun repeatedly on Bearheels, and McClarty is seen punching Bearheels outside an Omaha convenience store. Some of the blows came after Bearheels was on the ground and not resisting.

Payne has been charged with felony assault. McClarty is charged with misdemeanor assault.

Nebraska law requires a grand jury probe when someone dies in police custody.



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