Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) on Tuesday apologized for calling black leaders “you people” as fallout from the killing of a black protester by a white bar owner in Omaha this week continued to fuel protesters’ anger over racial injustices.
On Monday, armored vehicles flanked the Douglas County courthouse in Omaha as County Attorney Don Kleine announced that he would not be filing charges against a white bar owner, Jacob “Jake” Gardner, who allegedly shot and killed 22-year-old protester James Scurlock on Saturday night during a confrontation in the city’s popular Old Market area. The pair had scuffled, Kleine said, and Gardner had acted in self-defense in what he called a “senseless, but justified” killing.
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