22-Year-Old Black Lives Matter Protester in Nebraska is Shot Dead by White Man Who Taunted Demonstrators and Yelled ‘Nigger Lover’

In the video, a man in a gray shirt appears to be speaking with the victim, who is in a dark shirt and jeans (left)

A Black Lives Matter demonstrator has been shot dead outside a bar in Omaha, Nebraska following a night of protests on Saturday.

Footage circulating on social media shows James Scurlock, 22 – who is black – being gunned down by a man – who is white – outside the Hive Bar.

In the video, a man in a gray shirt appears to be speaking with the victim, who is in a dark shirt and jeans.

The person recording the video is heard yelling that he has a gun and says ‘it’s not worth it’.

Seconds later two loud gunshots are heard and the videographer quickly ducks for cover. Scurlock was shot twice in the neck.

James Scurlock, 22
James Scurlock, 22
The incident took place outside The Hive Bar on Saturday before 11pm. The homicide occurred after protests ended according to the mayor

Police said they responded to the scene at approximately 11.01pm after officers reported hearing shots fired near 12th and Harney Street.

‘Upon officers’ arrival to the scene of 1207 Harney Street [the location of The Hive], they found a male suffering from a gunshot wound,’ Omaha Police Department said in a statement. ‘The male was transported to the Nebraska Medical Center where he succumbed to his injury.’

‘The Omaha Police Department is not currently looking for any suspects,’ OPD added. ‘Investigators are in the process of reviewing all collected evidence, video, witness interviews and conferring with the Douglas County Attorney’s office.’

Police initially said Saturday night that the suspect was at large but soon after they tweeted that the shooter was in custody.

On Sunday afternoon Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said the shooter was still detained but that any booking or ‘charging decision on that front will come from the county attorney’s office’.

Schmaderer added: ‘And he tells me that will be accompanied by a press conference.’

OPD said no police officers were involved in the shooting.

Witnesses claim the shooter ‘taunted’ protesters and went out to the sidewalk yelling ‘n****r lover’. From the video, it’s unclear what happened before the shots were fired but witnesses claim Scurlock – who was with his brother – jumped on the shooter’s back to stop him from using his weapon.

A man yells at Omaha police during a Black Lives Matter protest at 72nd and Dodge Streets on Friday
‘James was passionate for Justice, but today his fight ended as he was shot and killed downtown Omaha while protesting for the same Justice he deserves,’ a GoFundMe page states

Loved ones of Scurlock have posted a GoFundMe page.

‘James was passionate for Justice, but today his fight ended as he was shot and killed downtown Omaha while protesting for the same Justice he deserves,’ the page creator writes.

‘May you Rest In Peace James.’

The Omaha World-Herald said Scurlock’s family was not ready to talk but would speak soon.

On Sunday afternoon, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said that protest were peaceful but following the demonstrations groups started destroying businesses. Police said the majority of people arrested on Saturday were white.

According to witnesses, Scurlock was killed outside a business that had been damaged earlier in the night.

Omaha announced a a curfew Sunday from 8pm for 72 hours. The National Guard will be working with the OPD.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information or video of the incident is urged to contact the Homicide Unit (402) 444-5656. Information can also be reported anonymously through Omaha Crime Stoppers at (402) 444-STOP, at www.omahacrimestoppers.org or on the P3 Tips mobile app. 

SOURCE: Daily Mail, Leah Simpson