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To Governor Ricketts and Nebraska State Senators,
In memory of Zachary Bear Heels, we urge you to support the following legislative actions to increase police accountability and make our state safer for everyone.
1. Ban TASER use against the mentally ill and other vulnerable populations and require further limitations that reflect TASER use is lethal force.
2. Remove disciplinary and investigative procedures for all law enforcement from the scope of collective bargaining.
3. Increase funding for mental health services so when our neighbors need care, they are met with a public health response not a criminal justice response.
4. Ensure strong oversight and transparency for all deaths at the hands of law enforcement, including funding for an independent prosecutor and independent autopsy.
We urge you to take these actions, along with other necessary police reforms advocates are calling for, to increase police accountability and protect public safety.
We need you to lead. We need you to act. We need you to make sure this does not happen again in Nebraska.