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Large crowd participates in Greater Omaha Solidarity Walk

Posted at 4:45 PM, Jun 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 22:05:50-04

A peaceful rally was held at Memorial Park Sunday afternoon as several hundreds showed up to support.

Fighting off emotions, James Scurlock II thanked people for their efforts following the death of his son.

"Y'all did this for my son I love y'all so much," Scurlock said. "Y'all got my family the Supreme Court. We didn't do this. Y'all did this."

It's that kind of support that allowed thousands to make history at one of Omaha's most historic sites.

"The large number of individuals that marched down Dodge Street, that's history," Omaha Police Pubic Information Director Sherie Thomas said. "That's history y'all, do you hear me, that's history."

It was another demonstration of support for James Scurlock, the 22-year-old black man who was killed last weekend during protests in downtown Omaha over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

"It's more James out here," organizer Precious McKesson said. "We have a lot of James Scurlocks out here in this world and we have a lot more work to do in our community to really be a voice and to make change so it just doesn't stop with this."

"I think today we made a major statement that regardless of the cultures that we assimilate to or the cultures that we belong to we can come together and make one powerful Omaha that wants justice in a plethora of ways," Organizer J. Shannon said.

Larry Duncan, Jasmine Harris, David Brown, Leo Louis, Justin Wayne, as well as Shannon and McKesson, came together to organize the peaceful rally.

Organizers also coordinated with the city and Omaha Police to ensure the event ran smoothly, and safely.

People of all different races and backgrounds came together to march from 72nd and Dodge, to Memorial Park.

"I take pride in knowing that we walked, it was peaceful, it was historical," McKesson said. "We shut down Dodge St., with the support of the city and the police department so I definitely want to thank them for that for being there and supporting us, I appreciate that."

Thomas says it's time to come together and focus on solutions.

"Communication is not just me talking to you but I need to listen as well," she said. "So when I say we hear you, we hear you, we're listening."

J. Shannon tells 3 News Now it's also time to put strategies in place that will make the city better in the long run.

He also tells us, he's praying for the Scurlocks.

"Being a victim--a father of a victim myself--I know what it feels like so I'm going to continue to pray for the Scurlock family when the cameras move when no one else is paying attention, when the hash tag drops off right ... my thoughts and my prayers will continue to be w them and it's real love," Shannon said.

The rally ended peacefully and many of the speakers including the Scurlock's family attorney, Justin Wayne, made a call to action to help improve race relations, and also fight systemic issues impacting the African American community