Posted July 28, 2017 3:00 pm by Comments

By Brian Seay

Former Omaha Police officers Ryan McClarty, right, and Scotty Payne are facing assault charges.
Two officers in Nebraska are facing assault charges in connection with a mentally ill man’s death earlier this year.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine revealed police video Wednesday, showing former Omaha officers Scotty Payne and Ryan McClarty repeatedly shocking 29-year-old Zachary Bearheels and punching him while he was on the ground. Payne is being charged with second-degree assault for shocking Bearheels 12 times, while McClarty is facing a third-degree assault charge for punching Bearheels 13 times, according to the Associated Press.
A Native American from Oklahoma, Bearheels was lost in Omaha after he’d been kicked off a bus there on June 5. The officers responded to a call at a convenience store of a man causing a disturbance. Police say he fought their efforts to take him into custody.
“Are you going to get into the car?” a female officer can be heard asking him in the video. “No?”
When Bearheels wouldn’t get up off the ground, Payne pulled the trigger of the stun gun — sending 50,000 volts into him. His legs darted around for a few seconds.
“Get up,” an officer said. That’s when Bearheels got free of his handcuffs


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