Omaha To Pay $550K To Settle Wrongful Death Suit

The city of Omaha has agreed to pay $550,000 to the mother of a mentally ill man who died after being shocked by a stun gun more than a dozen times in a confrontation with police in 2017. 

Renita Chalepah had filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of son, 29-year-old Zachary Bearheels.

      Four city police officers were fired and 2 charged with crimes in the aftermath of Bearheels death on June 5, 2017.  Officers had been called by an Omaha convenience store clerk after Bearheels had refused to leave. 

      Police cruiser video showed Bearheels being repeatedly shocked with a stun gun and punched in the face by officers, even after he was subdued. Three of the fired officers were later reinstated. One of the 2 charged was acquitted by a jury and the charges against the other were dropped.

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