The white Nebraska bar owner who shot useless a black George Floyd protester in May was hit with a slew of fees this week — greater than a month after prosecutors deemed the killing was self-defense.
A grand jury indicted Jake Gardner, the owner of The Hive bar in Omaha, on manslaughter and several other different fees within the May 30 taking pictures of unarmed 22-year-old James Scurlock.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine initially declined to prosecute Gardner, deciding that he acted in self-defense, after reviewing video of the incident and witness statements within the days after the taking pictures.
Kleine stated Scurlock jumped on Gardner’s again and commenced choking him after the bar owner fired off two warning photographs in entrance of his enterprise throughout an evening of chaotic protests over the May 25 demise of George Floyd by the hands of Minneapolis police.
However, Kleine requested the grand jury to try the case after his choice was criticized, saying he wished folks to place confidence in the justice system. Critics had stated that Scurlock was simply making an attempt to cease Gardner from hurting anybody.
Special Prosecutor Frederick Franklin on Tuesday stated the grand jury reviewed further proof that Kleine didn’t have, together with from Gardner’s telephone and his Facebook Messenger account, together with video from inside his bar, that “was consistent with there being an intentional killing.”
“I can tell you that there is evidence that undermines (claims of self-defense),” Franklin stated. “And that evidence comes primarily from Jake Gardner himself.”
Gardner will now both flip himself in or he’ll be topic to an arrest warrant, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
Franklin stated he hoped the costs wouldn’t ignite new protests in Omaha.
“This is not a time for celebration or exuberance. These are simply charges,” Franklin stated. “Jake Gardner is a man presumed innocent as I stand here before you right now.”
With Post wires