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Tyler Richard, (402) 476-8091 x104, trichard@aclunebraska.org

June 5, 2017

OMAHA, Neb – The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska Executive Director Danielle Conrad issued the following statement regarding an Omaha Police Department incident that resulted in the death of a civilian who was Tased.

“The ACLU extends condolences to all who have been impacted by today’s tragic incident. This is a reminder that Tasers are lethal weapons and that they should only be used as a last resort. Any time force is used, particularly when someone dies while interacting with law enforcement, a thorough investigation should occur, use of force policies should be reviewed, and trainings on de-escalation should be held.

"Since the ACLU's 2014 investigation, Omaha Police have made improvements by making their Taser policy public. Unfortunately, the policy does not have clear written guidelines for use of a Taser on people experiencing a mental health crisis, people using medication to address mental health issues, or people under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These and other populations are at increased risk of death or serious injury when Tased. We urge the Omaha Police and other agencies to review their Taser policies and ensure they are following Department of Justice best practices."

For ACLU’s 2014 report: https://www.aclunebraska.org/en/publications/dangerously-out-of-bounds

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