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Protest at CHI canceled at request of James Scurlock's family

Posted at 6:09 PM, Jun 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-07 12:58:56-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Protesters planned at least two events they hoped would make strong statements. But as the day moved on, those plans have changed.

An event was scheduled to take place at the CHI Health Center earlier this afternoon organizer's canceled it out of respect for the family of James Scurlock.

James Scurlock is the 22-year-old black man who was fatally shot by Jacob Gardner following protests last week.

County Attorney Don Kliene did not press charges against Gardner, citing self defense, but he has called for a grand jury.

The Freedom Matters Facebook group was organizing the event on Saturday night; organizers posted on social media that the family of James Scurlock asked them to cancel the event for safety concerns.

The event was not only for Scurlock, but according to organizers it was for all black Omaha residents that have died due to racism or brutality.

Organizers say any money donated to their cause will go to a trust fund for Scurlock's daughter, and the GoFundMe for James Scurlock's family has now reached more than $250,000.