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Officials hold press conference following weekend of tense protests in the Omaha

Posted at 3:48 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 19:13:14-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — On Monday, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer held a press conference following a weekend of tense protests in the city.

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine announced Monday that no charges would be filed in the Saturday shooting death of 22-year-old protester James Scurlock.

Mayor Stothert issued an overnight curfew for Omaha on Sunday.

During the press conference, Governor Ricketts said he trusts Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine's decision in not filing charges against Jake Gardner who shot Scurlock.

Chief Schmaderer mentioned that he was going to meet with community partners after the press conference.

He urged anyone who was in the area of 12th and Harney on Saturday night who has footage or information on the shooting to share it with police. Additionally, he noted that Kleine's decision doesn't mean something can't change or that there's been a complete investigation.

Additionally, Chief Schmaderer said that Omaha has made great strides in community relations and urged citizens to “remember who Omaha was several days ago before national events took over.”

Mayor Stothert also said that the violence seen in Omaha doesn't help anyone and that it's time to move forward.

Several entities will be on hand again in Omaha if protests arise, including the National Guard.

The National Guard has also been deployed in Lincoln.

A majority of downtown Omaha is blocked off and interstate exits leading there have been closed.

You can watch the briefing below:

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