Jake Garner, 38, who is accused of shooting and killing James Scurlock, 22, on May 31st during civil unrest has reportedly been located deceased Oregon. A Douglas County grand jury returned a True Bill and indicated Gardner on four counts on September 15th.
Jake Garner, 38, who is accused of shooting and killing James Scurlock, 22, on May 31st during civil unrest has reportedly been located deceased Oregon. A Douglas County grand jury returned a True Bill and indicated Gardner on four counts on September 15th.— Omaha Scanner (@omaha_scanner) September 20, 2020
White Bar Owner Indicted in Fatal Shooting of Black Man During Protest
The charges against Jake Gardner in the May 30 killing of James Scurlock in Omaha include manslaughter and making terrorist threats.
Justin Wayne, a lawyer for the Scurlock family, on Tuesday spoke about the charges filed in the shooting of James Scurlock. Mr. Scurlock’s father, James Scurlock II, is second from right.Credit...Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald, via Associated Press
By Azi Paybarah
- Published Sept. 15, 2020Updated Sept. 20, 2020
A white bar owner in Nebraska was indicted on Tuesday in the fatal shooting of a Black man during a protest in May, a case that a prosecutor had initially declined to prosecute after characterizing the bar owner’s actions as self-defense.
The bar owner, Jake Gardner, was indicted by a grand jury in Douglas County on four counts, including manslaughter, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, attempted first degree assault and making terrorist threats, officials said.
The authorities said that Mr. Gardner, 38, confronted a group of men outside one of his bars in Omaha on May 30 and was knocked to the ground. From there, he fired two warning shots and tried to get to his feet, prosecutors said. As he did, Mr. Gardner got into a fight with one man, James Scurlock, 22. The two scuffled before Mr. Gardner fired a shot that killed him.
Mr. Scurlock’s killing drew widespread attention and quickly touched off large demonstrations in Omaha. The police arrested 75 to 100 people at a demonstration about two months after his death, KMTV reported at the time.
The killing of Mr. Scurlock in Omaha came just five days after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, which prompted protests for police reform across the country.