WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Officials declared on Monday that no charges will be filed against the bar owner who fatally shot 22-year-old protester James Scurlock on Saturday.
- Authorities said footage from the scene and witness testimonies confirmed that Jake Gardner, the owner of The Hive bar in Omaha, Nebraska, acted in self-defense.
- Scurlock had reportedly jumped on Gardner’s back, began choking him, and would not get off him despite Gardner’s pleas — prompting Gardner to fire his gun.
No charges will be filed against the bar owner who fatally shot a George Floyd protester on Saturday, said authorities on Monday.
Prosecutors said that Jake Gardner, the owner of The Hive bar in Omaha, Nebraska, had acted in self-defense when he fired and hit 22-year-old James Scurlock, the Omaha World-Herald reported Monday.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine told KMTV News, “Mr. Gardner, as we know now, has said, ‘I did what I did to defend myself,’ and we find that we can’t disprove that from the evidence that we have.”
According to footage from the scene and witness testimonies, Gardner was outside the bar on Saturday night, urging the crowd of protesters to move along. He was then seen backing up from the crowd.
Gardner, who has a legal gun permit, lifted his shirt to show that he had a handgun, then kept walking backward.
Two people from Scurlock’s group then tackled Gardner, who ended up on his back. Gardner then fired two warning shots and the two people ran away.
Moments later, Scurlock jumped on Gardner’s back and began choking him. Witnesses who also captured footage of the incident heard Gardner telling Scurlock to get off him.
Gardner then fired over his shoulder and Scurlock was hit in the neck.
No racial slurs were reportedly said during the confrontation between Gardner, who is white, and Scurlock, who was black.
James Scurlock Sr., the late protester’s father, called for an investigation into his son’s death. He told KMTV, “Once again I ask that we investigate this and I ask my people to stand by me strong but do it peacefully.”
Source: New York Post