A Grand Jury Indicted The White Bar Owner Who Killed A 22-Year-Old Black Man During Protests – By Amber Jamieson (Buzzfeed) / Sept 16 2020
A grand jury in Omaha, Nebraska, indicted Jake Gardner on Tuesday over the death of James Scurlock, a 22-year-old Black man.
After months of protests calling for charges, a Nebraska grand jury has indicted the white bar owner who shot and killed James Scurlock, a 22-year-old Black man, during a Black Lives Matter protest in Omaha, Nebraska, in June.
The grand jury determined on Tuesday that Jake Gardner, 38, will face four charges including manslaughter, attempted first-degree assault, use of a firearm, and terror threats.
Announcing the charges, special prosecutor Frederick Franklin said much of the new evidence that allowed for charges to be laid came from Gardner himself, including Facebook posts and text messages.
“There was evidence that was gathered and presented to the grand jury about activity that Jake Gardner was engaged in prior to even coming in contact with James Scurlock,” said Franklin.