White Store Owner Shoots Black Protester — Freed With No Charge [VIDEO]
On Saturday night, James Scurlock joined protesters in Omaha, Nebraska to seek justice for the death of George Floyd. He never returned home. Jacob Gardner shot him dead after he was standing in front of the bar that the Gardener family owns. Bystanders caught the confrontation on camera and a gunshot can be heard as Gardner confronted Scurlock.
Jake Gardner Is A Free Man After Killing James Scurlock
There will be no charges filed against Gardner, a white store owner after he claimed that this was an act of “self-defense.” He believes that Scurlock was posing a threat to him and his family and is responsible for pushing his father to the ground at one point. The men reportedly got into a physical shoving match along with some friends that Scurlock was with. Gardner flashed his gun at the men as a warning before firing off one warning shot. The second shot he fired off proved to be deadly for Scurlock.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said in a news conference that after looking at the footage, the determination has been made that the shooting was in self-defense. He also said that there is video evidence that he wants the public to see other than just the Snapchat video that has been circulating on social media. Law Enforcement came to this decision after reviewing all of the evidence that was presented to them. In interviews with investigators, Gardner maintained that he was trying to protect himself and was fearful that Scurlock was a threat.
People Started The Hashtag #JusticeForJamesScurlock
In the wake of fighting for justice for Floyd, everyone is completely and utterly outraged and shocked that more racial killings are taking place. As a black man, Scurlock is believed to have been targeted in this attack by Gardner, as per Black Lives Matter advocates on Twitter. One Twitter user said “Jake Gardner walked free today after murdering 22 yr old James Scurlock. Gardner has a history of making transphobic, racist + sexist comments but today he was protected by a system that commends his morales. I am disgusted + heartbroken #JusticeForJamesScurlock #NoJusticeNoPeace.” The person alleges that Garnder is known to have made racist remarks in the past along with being homophobic and sexist.
Others emphasized that the is a classic incident of someone taking advantage of their white privilege, especially during these protests. And according to NBC News, Gardner’s gun license is actually expired. So him flashing his gun and drawing it on protesters was illegal in itself. He should not have been carrying this unlawful concealed weapon at the time of the shooting.
It is hard for people to believe this was an act of self-defense because in the video you can clearly see Gardner walking up to Scurlock to shoot him at close range. People that were spectating even seemed to be in shock and fear while they watched the man die in the middle of the street.
This no doubt has gained even more national attention as people seek justice and real change for the black community. Another Twitter called Scurlock’s death “sickening.”
A lack of consequences has been a common occurrence for those in America who have taken black lives. This is the reason people march, and this is the reason people fight so hard for justice. Another black life was taken at the hands of a white store owner and it will not be taken lightly by the BLM movement.
Nebraska State Sen. Justin Wayne has asked for a grand jury to be formed to bring charges to Jake Gardner.