'Zachary was a very loving son, grandson, brother, uncle'
Community marches in honor of Native man who died after police encounter
June 8, 2021
They gathered outside a Greyhound bus station in this Nebraska city, shared words about a 29-year-old Rosebud Lakota and Kiowa man who died at the hands of police in June 2017, and then marched along the route the man took that day four years ago.
And even though it's been four years since Zachary Bear Heels died after being shocked 12 times by a Taser and punched 13 times in the head by Omaha police, they shared tears.
"I brought his stuff today, because I want everybody to see what the Omaha police department did to my son," said Renita Chalepah, Bear Heels' mother. "His clothes, his shoes, his hat. How would they like that if I did that to them?"