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Justice for James demonstrations to end this week

Posted at 10:20 AM, Jul 07, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Justice for James demonstrations will be ending after 36 days, it was announced Tuesday.

"Through our demonstration, we have created a positive and inclusive atmosphere of activism," said Justice for James Omaha lead organizer Ja Keen Fox. "July 11th will mark our 36th and final day of demonstrating. Thirty-six represents the number of hours [Douglas County Attorney] Don Kleine gave to determine James Scurlock did not deserve justice."

A Justice for James billboard was revealed at the intersection of 72nd and Dodge Street last week to uphold the memory of James Scurlock. The Justice for James billboard was paid for by the group's organizing partner, ACLU of Nebraska.

They say the next phase of the movement will include an Organizer Lab that will support the numerous volunteers who have participated in the demonstration efforts. The Organizer Lab will create a space to develop and grow individuals who are passionate about seeking justice and implementing change by developing organizing skills for future activism.

"The public release of James Scurlock’s toxicology results by Don Kleine has reaffirmed our movement's purpose," said Ja Keen Fox. "The intent to vilify James Scurlock and not release the same report for Jake Gardner, who discharged a weapon, proves he is the embodiment of systemic racism."

People wishing to get involved or donate are asked to visit Ten percent of all funds raised will be donated to the Scurlock family.