Special prosecutor Frederick Franklin's statements, the suit says, "included implications that Mr. Gardner was a racist" and "also falsely stated that it was Mr. Gardner's own words that showed his intent to kill."
The killing of James Scurlock in Omaha last year triggered a local rallying cry amid a national reckoning on race relations and policing after the murder of George Floyd.
Nebraska lawmakers have passed a bill dealing with police training. But two other bills, one to establish new penalties for rioting and another to create police oversight boards, failed to advance.
State Sen. Julie Slama says a bill she introduced would clarify Nebraskans' rights. An advocate for reducing gun violence says the bill appears to give someone a "license to kill" in some situations.
The release of the transcript is unlikely. Court officials have said they are not allowed to release the transcript because of the law covering grand juries.
The Nebraska Republican Party touted the switch, noting Kleine would be joined at a press conference by Gov. Pete Ricketts and U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer.
Gov. Pete Ricketts said Monday he will encourage Nebraskans to get vaccinated when possible, but he will not make vaccinations mandatory.
Jake Gardner — awaiting arrest after a grand jury in Omaha indicted him — shot himself outside a medical clinic in suburban Portland, Oregon, two law enforcement officials told The World-Herald.
Jake Gardner, 38, has been charged with four felonies: manslaughter, attempted first-degree assault, making terroristic threats and use of a weapon to commit a felony.
Jake Gardner, 38, also has been charged with attempted first-degree assault, terroristic threats and use of a weapon to commit a felony.
A grand jury returned four indictments including manslaughter.
Jake Gardner has been indicted on four counts including manslaughter in connection to the death of James Scurlock. Follow live as officials hold a press conference regarding the grand jury investigation.
Under the guidance of a special prosecutor, grand jurors will ask questions, review evidence and determine whether Jake Gardner should face charges in James Scurlock's death.
One month after James Scurlock was fatally shot in Omaha during protests over the slaying of George Floyd, more than 100 people gathered at the site of his death to renew their call for criminal charges.
Frederick Franklin has been an assistant U.S. attorney for 22 years and has served as the president of the Midlands Bar Association, an organization of black attorneys.
The Douglas County attorney said he personally will file a petition with the presiding judge for a grand jury and a special prosecutor.
Jake Gardner, owner of The Hive bar near 12th and Harney Streets, will not be charged in the death of James Scurlock. Kleine, the Douglas County attorney, said he reviewed the evidence — and interviews with witnesses — and determined that Gardner had acted in self-defense.
A small group of protesters has gathered in downtown Omaha in the wake of Douglas County Prosecutor Don Kleine's decision not to charge an Old Market bar owner with the shooting death of 22-year-old James Scurlock.
The number of Guard members on duty in the state more than doubled over the weekend when 433 were called up. Late last week, 367 soldiers and airmen from the Guard were staffing coronavirus test sites and transporting medical supplies to health districts, down from a high of 617.
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