Omaha Grand Jury Indicts Bar Owner Over Fatal Shooting Of Black Protester In May

An Omaha grand jury has indicted Jake Gardner, the white bar owner who shot and killed James Scurlock, a 22-year-old Black man, during protests for racial justice in May.

9/17/2020 6:22:00 AM

An Omaha grand jury has indicted Jake Gardner, the white bar owner who shot and killed James Scurlock, a 22-year-old Black man, during protests for racial justice in May.

Jake Gardner faces four charges, including manslaughter. While local officials initially ruled he had acted in self-defense, a special prosecutor said on Tuesday that new evidence suggested otherwise.

that when he signed on to the case earlier this summer, he also believed the shooting to be a case of justifiable self-defense."But I can tell you that there is evidence that undermines that," he said."[And] that evidence comes primarily from Jake Gardner himself."

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The 16-member grand jury had access to far more information than what was available at the time of the district attorney's initial decision, according to Franklin. He said Omaha police continued the investigation, conducting roughly 60 interviews and acquiring video clips from the public, which they passed on to Franklin's team.

Without going into specifics, Franklin outlined how each of the grand jury's charges relate to the events of May 30.He said the terroristic threat count applies to Gardner's conduct in a verbal back-and-forth with Scurlock, and implied that Gardner was threatening the use of deadly force in the absence of receiving any such threats himself.

Gardner fired two shots before fatally striking Scurlock. Franklin said the jurors decided to charge the second of those, characterized as a"warning shot," as attempted first-degree assault.The use of a firearm in connection with a felony charge is related to the manslaughter charge, Franklin said, noting"that particular count does not rest solely on an analysis of the video that has been played in the media already."

(Eyewitness video that circulated on social media after the shooting shows Gardner beingpinned downon the ground apparently by Scurlock at one point during their altercation.)He said the jury had access to evidence about Gardner's activities prior to the shooting, including information from his cell phone and Facebook Messenger account as well as video from inside the bar he owned.

"They were able to get evidence relative to Mr. Gardner's state of mind as a part of what was presented to them from this investigation," Franklin said.NPR's Kirk Sieglerreported Read more: NPR »

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DO NOT DEFEND YOURSELF AGAINST BLM TERRORISTS! The government has bent the knee to the mob. NPR just more fake news and Marxist radical trash writing (not journalism) James deserved it either way Why? Again, you put the race in your article when it fits the script that you want to push. defundNPR It should not have taken the appointment of a Special Prosecutor to pursue this. DA failed to do his job.

At least some good news today. Did anyone in this comment section actually read what happened before and during the altercation. Defense of private property is a pillar of basic human rights Once it gets to the jury he will get off. You can indict a ham sandwich Can we now get Gardner a conviction, life without parole, and distribution of all his assets to the Scurlock family?

Is this the case ? I am so pissed that my tax dollars fund the NPR It’s so nice they gave him a choice if either turning himself in or face a arrest warrant! Why aren’t police busting down him door and hauling his ass to jail? Exactly what needed to happen to this racist! Just the first step towards justice for the Scurlock family.

This is one of the reason most states don't use Grand Juries anymore. The defense is not allowed to present a case & the prosecutor can pick & choose what they want to present-It prejudices the case from the very onset & that's fault of the system not the jurors Now do cops why is 'black' capitalized and 'white' lowercase?

This will never be enough justice for the loss to James’ family. Justice. Let him face the jury he never gave his victim a chance to. Good! Murder is murder and Nebraska has no stand your ground law. This needed to happen. And hopefully charges follow. Good Need some convictions.

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