On Friday, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine announced that his office will not move forward with a misdemeanor assault trial against Ryan McClarty, a former Omaha police officer, in connection with the June 2017 death of a mentally ill Oklahoma man who was stranded in Omaha. Kleine had charged McClarty, 28, with third-degree assault after cruiser camera video showed McClarty punching Zachary BearHeels 13 times in 15 seconds.
Following is a statement from NDP Associate Chair Frank LaMere, a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska:
“The justice in system in Douglas County and the State of Nebraska has broken down! Who can disagree with me? The most vulnerable man in all of Nebraska on a June 2017 night at 60th and Center was tasered and beaten to death by the Omaha Police Department but no one could find any wrongdoing! Zachary Bear Heels was murdered under the ‘color of law.’