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Omaha World Herald

The family of a white Nebraska bar owner who killed himself after being charged in the fatal shooting of a Black man during 2020 protests over racial injustice is suing local prosecutors, saying their comments led to his suicide. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the parents of Jake Gardner sued the Douglas County Attorney's Office, its top prosecutor and a special prosecutor in federal court on Monday.

Omaha World Herald

The family of a white Nebraska bar owner who killed himself after being charged in the fatal shooting of a Black man during 2020 protests over racial injustice is suing local prosecutors, saying their comments led to his suicide. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the parents of Jake Gardner sued the Douglas County Attorney's Office, its top prosecutor and a special prosecutor in federal court on Monday.

WOWT

Two teenagers have been charged in Saturday’s fatal shooting at a Nebraska shopping mall. One man was killed and a woman was wounded in the shooting at Westroads Mall in Omaha that prosecutors said was likely gang related. The shooting around midday Saturday sent shoppers fleeing from the mall. A judge ordered 16-year-old Makhi Woolridge-Jones to be held without bail after he was charged with first-degree murder, assault and two gun charges. His older brother, 18-year-old Brandon Woolridge-Jones, was charged as an accessory to the shooting, and his bail was set at $75,000.

The family of Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert says her husband has died. Police found a man dead at the couple’s home. A statement Friday from the Stothert family announced the death of Joe Stothert. The statement came about three hours after Omaha police were called to the mayor’s home to investigate reports of a shooting. Officers found the body of a man. Police didn’t provide details about the shooting but stated that foul play wasn’t suspected. The family says Joe Stothert's death was a "tragic loss." 

Omaha World Herald

Omaha’s police chief said two officers acted appropriately when a Black man was fatally shot during a Nebraska traffic stop last week because the man repeatedly didn’t comply with their commands, but video of the confrontation won’t be immediately released. Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said Monday the officers followed department policy when Kenneth Jones was shot last Thursday because he reached for a gun in his waistband and disregarded officers’ commands.

WOWT

Protesters gathered in downtown Omaha for a second night to demand the release of video of a fatal police shooting of a Black man during a Nebraska traffic stop last week. The group of demonstrators gathered outside Omaha Police headquarters again Saturday to press police to release footage of Thursday’s shooting death of Kenneth Jones. Police have said that Jones, who was 35, reached for a gun in his waistband before he was shot. Before the protest, police released the names of the two officers involved in the traffic stop who will remain on leave while the incident is investigated.

Omaha World Herald

A special prosecutor says a white Nebraska bar owner who killed himself after being charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting a Black man during May protests had been waiting to “ambush” people who were breaking into businesses. Special Prosecutor Frederick Franklin on Wednesday detailed more of the evidence against Jake Gardner. Gardner killed himself Sunday, days after a grand jury indicted him in the May 30 death of 22-year-old James Scurlock. The evidence included text messages and videos of the encounter that Franklin said countered Gardner's claims of self-defense.

An attorney for a white business owner who was charged in the fatal shooting of a Black man during civil unrest in Nebraska says the man has died by suicide. Police say Jacob Gardner's body was found Sunday outside a medical clinic in Hillsboro, Oregon. Attorney Stu Dornan said it was a suicide. Gardner was charged Tuesday in the death of James Scurlock. Police say 38-year-old Gardner shot Scurlock during a protest outside Gardner’s bar in downtown Omaha on May 30. Gardner had said the shooting was done in self-defense.

The Downtown Improvement District Association in Omaha says it's hearing false reports of businesses being told to close ahead of possible demonstrations linked to the James Scurlock grand jury hearing. The association says the false reports are being spread by agitators, not the association, city, protest organizers or Omaha Police. Scurlock was allegedly shot to death by bar owner Jake Gardner during a fight outside his downtown bar.

Protests Emerge In Omaha Following Wisconsin Shooting

Aug 25, 2020
Omaha World Herald

Omaha residents are speaking out against the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  Protests took place last night at 72nd and Dodge and in the Old Market.  Demonstrators held signs and chanted against police brutality.  Video of the incident from Sunday shows Blake being shot when he walked away from officers and opened his car door.

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A billboard at the intersection of 72nd and Dodge streets symbolizes demonstrations marked by racial justice advocates. Justice for James Omaha revealed the billboard July 2nd. That Thursday marked the 27th day of demonstrations against the Douglas County Attorney who activists say determined James Scurlock's death did not deserve justice. County Attorney Don Kleine said the death of 22-year-old Scurlock by bar owner Jake Gardner was out of self-defense and video evidence shows the decision was based on the information the office had at the time.

Governor Ricketts Forgiven By Black Community Leader

Jun 5, 2020

(Omaha, NE)  --  Governor Pete Ricketts is forgiven by a local pastor and community leader after a heated meeting following the death of 22-year-old James Spurlock in Omaha. Pastor Jarrod Parker posted to Facebook Monday sharing his perspective on a meeting he had with the governor where Ricketts called black leaders, "you people." Pastor Parker says he's accepted what he believes is a sincere apology and he's excited to see how they will work together in the future.  

 

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts apologized after an Omaha pastor accused the governor of using the phrase “you people” during a meeting with local black leaders. Ricketts says he chose his words poorly and apologized when it became apparent that he had caused offense. Pastor Jarrod Parker of St. Mark’s Baptist Church criticized the governor online after he walked out of the meeting. Parker says Ricketts made the comments in a meeting with black leaders about the killing of James Scurlock, a black man who was fatally shot by a white bar owner during the George Floyd protests.

A prosecutor says he'll call for a grand jury review of the case of a white business owner who fatally shot an unarmed black man during civil unrest in downtown Omaha. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said in a news conference Wednesday that he'll petition the court to call a grand jury to review evidence to determine whether bar owner Jake Gardner should face felony charges in the Saturday night shooting death of 22-year-old James Scurlock. Kleine also said he'll turn over the case to a special prosecutor.

Old Market Shooter Evicted; Bars Will Not Reopen

Jun 3, 2020

The Omaha bar owner involved in a deadly shooting during protests is being evicted.  The "Omaha World Herald" reports that the property owner of The Hive and The Gatsby in the Old Market says the businesses will not be allowed to reopen and bar owner Jacob Gardner has been evicted.  Gardner shot and killed 22-year-old James Scurlock on Saturday near 12th and Harney Streets.  The Douglas County Attorney's Office announced this week that Gardner will not be charged at this time, and the shooting was ruled to be in self-defense.

 

An Omaha bar owner won’t be charged  in connection with the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man during weekend protests in downtown Omaha over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, authorities said Monday. The shooting occurred at around 11 p.m. Saturday in the city’s Old Market area and within a couple of blocks of where protesters had gathered. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said Monday that Jake Gardner, who owns two bars near where the shooting happened, fired the fatal shot during a scuffle with protesters outside one of his bars.

A State of Emergency is issued in Omaha as protests continue in response to the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.  Mayor Jean Stothert announced the State of Emergency yesterday and it will last for 72 hours.  Omaha also implemented an 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew that started last night.  Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has activated the National Guard to help maintain peace in Omaha. Demonstrations took place yesterday in North Omaha and the Old Market.  The North Omaha rally at the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation ended before the 8:00 p.m.

Woman Shot As She Stood On Omaha Street Corner

Nov 1, 2019

Omaha police say a woman was shot as she was standing on a street corner. Authorities were called to the scene at 30th and Parker yesterday, where officials say the woman was shot in the shoulder. Investigators believe the victim was not the intended target and was struck by a stray bullet. Omaha Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to ten-thousand dollars for information about the shooting.

(Rushville, NE)  --  A suspect is dead following a deputy-involved shooting at a northwest Nebraska church.  The Omaha World Herald reports that a Sheridan County deputy shot 32-year-old Clarence Leading Fighter during a Palm Sunday mass at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rushville yesterday morning.  Authorities say Leading Fighter was a suspect in an assault that took place at another location less than an hour earlier.  Leading Fighter later died, and the Nebraska State Patrol says the deputy used deadly force to protect himself and the parishioners from serious harm.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Officials say the city of Omaha must pay a nearly $240,000 medical bill for a man accused of shooting a police officer.

Authorities say 36-year-old John Ezell Jr. was shot several times by other officers after Ezell wounded another officer, Ken Fortune, who's since recovered.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that assistant city attorney Jeff Bloom says the city is constitutionally required to provide medical treatment to people who need it while in police custody.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man accused of shooting an officer during a traffic stop before being shot himself by other officers has been released from a hospital and booked into jail.

Omaha police say 36-year-old John Ezell Jr. was booked Wednesday into the Douglas County jail on suspicion of attempted murder, assaulting an officer and weapons counts.

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) — A funeral Mass is scheduled Wednesday for two men who were slain helping their sister move from the Omaha home she was sharing with a man who police say killed the brothers.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Friends are mourning two brothers who were killed while helping their sister move out of her ex-boyfriend's house.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A grand jury has cleared three Lincoln police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a Central City man who'd wounded one of them.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha police chief says the department will discipline two officers who had contact with a man who was later arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting two people and wounding three more at an Omaha apartment.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — No charges will be filed in an accidental shooting that killed a northwest Omaha man early Saturday.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man who survived being shot two months ago has been found dead behind a northwest Omaha apartment building.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln police Chief Jim Peschong has announced that three police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a Central City man did not violate department policy or procedure.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An internal investigation has been launched into the response of two Omaha police officers who were called to the apartment of a woman who was later fatally shot along with her 2-year-old daughter.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The suspect in the fatal shooting of a 2-year-old girl and a woman and the wounding of three other women at a northwest Omaha apartment has turned himself in.

23-year-old Dontevous Loyd turned himself in to authorities Tuesday morning. He was wanted on a warrant that lists two counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder and six weapons counts.

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