Grand Jury Rejects Self-Defense Claim, Hands Down Manslaughter Indictment In BLM Protest Death

The white downtown Omaha business owner who fatally shot an unarmed Black man after a Black Lives Matter protest in May has been indicted by a grand jury on manslaughter and other charges.

       Prosecutors this summer declined to bring charges against bar owner Jake Gardner in the May 30th death of 22-year old James Scurlock, ruling after reviewing video of the incident and taking witness statements that it was a case of self-defense.

       In announcing the indictment, Special Prosecutor Frederick Franklin now says the grand jury reviewed additional evidence that undermined the self-defense claim, but gives no details of what the evidence showed.

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