Cultural, mental health training for Omaha police

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Omaha police officers will undergo Native American cultural sensitivity and mental health training after a mentally ill Native American man died in police custody.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that 29-year-old Zachary Bearheels died in June after he was shocked with a Taser multiple times, punched in the head and dragged by his ponytail.

Bearheels was a member of the Rosebud Sioux of South Dakota and also had ties to Apache and Kiowa Tribes of Oklahoma. His relatives say he had bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Lt. Catherine Milone says all officers will attend an hour and a half Native American cultural training and an hour and a half mental health training in June.

More than 50 members of the basic and veteran police recruit classes received Native American sensitivity training in December.