Protect our Vulnerable Neighbors
In 2017, Zachary Bear Heels found himself lost and alone in Omaha. He struggled with mental illness. He needed a helping hand. Instead, he suffered brutality at the hands of Omaha Police in an encounter that took his life. And today, three of the officers involved remain with the department.
We honor Zachary's life by calling for justice. We must address the systemic failures that allowed this to happen. We must make our communities safer for everyone and address the disproportionate harm police brutality causes people of color, especially those who are Native, Black or Latinx.
With the Lincoln Indian Center Inc. and the Indigenous People of Nebraska, we are proud to issue this call to action.