Nebraska business owner charged in protester’s shooting

Nebraska News

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A white business owner who fatally shot an unarmed Black man during civil unrest in downtown Omaha this spring will be charged with manslaughter and several other charges.

The fatal May 30 shooting of 22-year-old James Scurlock was reviewed by a grand jury after prosecutors declined to file charges against bar owner Jake Gardner. Initially, prosecutors said they believed Gardner acted in self-defense after reviewing video of and witness statements about the altercation.

Special Prosecutor Frederick Franklin said the grand jury reviewed additional evidence that undermines the conclusion that the shooting was self-defense, but he wouldn’t discuss details of what the evidence showed.


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