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Midtown Protest for James Scurlock & Portland unrest leads to arrests

Posted at 11:22 PM, Jul 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-26 11:56:52-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Protests continue once again in Omaha Saturday night. This time not just for James Scurlock, but for what's happening in Portland.

The group "proBLAC" led the event, which started at Turner Blvd and Farnam Street. Organizers say they wanted to shine a light on the city's racial injustices, such as the murder of James Scurlock.

Scurlock was the 22-year-old Black man shot and killed by Jacob Gardner, a white bar owner during the height of the protests back in May.

The group says they're also standing in solidarity with protesters in Portland fighting for social justice and racial equity for more than 50 days.

Attendees say people must come together and fight oppressive systems.

"For the city of Omaha, it's important to seek justice for James Scurlock. We have not seen any justice for him and his family, for his daughter, who deserves to grow up with a father, and Don Kleine frankly just hasn't done his job for the city of Omaha," said protester Michaela Chambers.

The organizer of the event, Bear Alexander, says more people in his generation need to step up and demand change.

"Our political leaders haven't had the pressure by the citizens. They've been living the best life for a political leader, no protests, no sit-ins, nothing like that, and so now is the time to put that pressure on them," said Alexander.

Omaha police say 75-100 of the protesters were arrested Saturday night. OPD told our crews that the protest was peaceful but changed when protesters obstructed the road.