(Neb)-Charges Dropped Against 2nd Ex-Cop In Stun Gun Death
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Criminal charges have now been dropped against both former Omaha police offices in connection with the 2017 death of a mentally ill Oklahoma man.
29-year old Zachary Bearheels died shortly after being shocked and punched repeatedly by officers Ryan McClarty and Scotty Payne as they tried to arrest him outside an Omaha convenience store.
A jury last December found Payne Not Guilty of 2nd-degree assault and felony use of a weapon, and the Douglas County Attorney's office on Friday said it was dropping a misdemeanor assault charge against McClarty because a review of audio and video of the incident left prosecutors feeling they "cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that McClarty was not justified in his actions."
McClarty, Payne, and 2 other officers were fired as a result of the Bearheels incident and the Omaha Police Department issued a statement later Friday saying the prosecutors' decision to drop the charge does not affect the department's decision to fire McClarty.
McClarty was accused of punching Bear Heels 13 times in the head after Bearheels was already on the ground while Payne was accused of shocking him 12 times with a stun gun.
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