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2 Omaha police officers fired & charged with assault in Taser death

2 Omaha police officers fired & charged with assault in Taser death

OMAHA, Neb. — Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine announced in a press conference Wednesday morning that two Omaha police officers will be charged in the death of Zachary Bearheels. Officer Scotty Payne is charged with second degree felony assault and Officer Ryan McClarty will be cited for third degree assault.

Payne's bond hearing is set for Friday afternoon.

Mayor Jean Stothert released the following statement:

"I have seen the video of the incident resulting in the death of Mr. Bearheels. It shows clear violations of Omaha Police Department policies and validates the disciplinary actions taken immediately by Chief Schmaderer.

I again offer my sincere sympathies to the Bearheels family.

Throughout this investigation, providing a transparent public record has been our priority. The Bearheels family deserves it and the citizens of Omaha deserve it."

--Mayor Jean Stothert

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Days after two Omaha police officers were fired for their involvement in the Taser-related incident that killed Zachary Bearheels, we will learn whether or not the officers will face charges.

On Wednesday morning, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine will announce his office findings.

Officers Scotty Payne and Ryan McClarty were fired from the Omaha Police Department last week.

That was due to their involvement in an incident occurred near 60th and Center streets, where police used a Taser to subdue the 29-year-old Bearheels.

According to the coroner's report, the stun gun was not the sole cause of death.

It determined the physical struggle and physical restraint also lead to Bearheels death.


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