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Group protests arbitrator's decision in Zachary Bearheels incident

Posted at 6:49 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 19:49:31-04

Native leaders and concerned citizens gathered for a protest Friday in downtown Omaha in response to last week's arbitrator's decision to reinstate the officers involved in the Zachary Bearheels incident.

Protesters gathered outside the city administration building not only paying respects to Bearheels, but also making a request.

They're asking Mayor Stothert to appeal the recent decision.

“We wanted to ensure that the city of Omaha hears our voice that we're not forgotten and that Zachary isn't forgotten, especially after this arbitration panel ruled last week,” said protestor Kevin Abourezk.

It's been nearly four years since Bearheels was tasered and died while in police custody.

Last week, an arbitrator three officers involved were reinstated after a previous decision to fire them. Scotty Payne's termination, on the other hand, was upheld.