The lawsuit also alleges the city failed to train officers to "de-escalate situations involving individuals experiencing psychotic episodes," and to avoid unnecessary uses of detention or force when interacting with mentally ill suspects.
Bearheels was stranded in Omaha after he was kicked off a bus traveling from South Dakota to Oklahoma, where he is from. Bearheels' mother contacted OPD after she discovered her son was let off the bus in Omaha, telling officers Bearheels' history of mental health issues and asking that he be taken to a crisis center or back to the bus station.
Two officers, Ryan McClarty and Scotty Payne, were charged with assault and fired from the department for their roles in Bearheels' death. Both are named in the lawsuit, as are Jennifer Strudl, Makyla Mead, and Sgt. Erik Forehead.
The department also added Native American cultural sensitivity training for all officers in response to the in-custody death.